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Orange Cty, CA: New mental health inpatient center for kids younger than 12

Mar 27, 2018, [Children’s Hospital Orange County] CHOC Children's Celebrates Completion of Mental Health Inpatient Center https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/choc-childrens-celebrates-completion-of-mental-health-inpatient-center-300620257.html CHOC Children's leaders joined with mental health supporters today to celebrate the completion of the pediatric health care system's Mental Health Inpatient Center, an innovative facility that fills a gap in a long-fragmented system that left children younger than 12 with no inpatient services in Orange County…. "For the first time, Orange County children younger than 12 experiencing a mental health crisis will have a place for care close to home," The Center's other unique features include two sensory rooms – one sensory-rich and the other low-stimulation to help children learn to manage strong emotions and calm themselves. In addition, the facility includes a 3,600-square-foot outdoor play area with sensory activities and basketball court. Although students with behavioral issues who may be placed in the proposed classroom can come from all grades, K-12, the biggest need is found in grades K-8. For that reason, Crawford, Snow and Robert Bolte, middle school principal, talked about a room at the town campus where both schools are located…. Crawford said by removing students temporarily, and dealing with behavior in a controlled environment, like a special classroom, would be an immediate and beneficial step.…