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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1863–1869 | Cite as

Specialized Inpatient Psychiatry Units for Children with Autism and Developmental Disorders: A United States Survey

  • Matthew SiegelEmail author
  • Kathleen Doyle
  • Bruce Chemelski
  • David Payne
  • Beth Ellsworth
  • Jamie Harmon
  • Douglas Robbins
  • Briana Milligan
  • Martin Lubetsky
Original Paper

Abstract

A cross sectional survey was performed to obtain the characteristics of specialized inpatient psychiatry units exclusively serving children with autism and other developmental disorders in the United States. Identified units were surveyed on basic demographic characteristics, clinical challenges and therapeutic modalities. Average length of stay was 42.3 days, children with autism spectrum disorders constituted the majority of the inpatient population (62.5–87.5%), and obtaining adequate post-discharge services was identified as the greatest challenge. Health policy implications and future research directions are suggested.

Keywords

Autism Inpatient Developmental Admission 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was funded in part by the Pond Family Foundation and a grant from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. The authors thank Wendy St. Pierre, Ph.D. for contributions to this study. The authors report no financial conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Siegel
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kathleen Doyle
    • 3
  • Bruce Chemelski
    • 1
  • David Payne
    • 1
  • Beth Ellsworth
    • 1
  • Jamie Harmon
    • 1
  • Douglas Robbins
    • 4
  • Briana Milligan
    • 1
  • Martin Lubetsky
    • 5
  1. 1.Developmental Disorders ProgramSpring Harbor Hospital & Maine Medical CenterWestbrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  3. 3.Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA
  4. 4.Division of Child PsychiatryMaine Medical CenterPortlandUSA
  5. 5.Division of Child PsychiatryWestern Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburgUSA

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