Short-term residential care usually less than two weeks) and 24-hour access to mental health professionals for children with urgent mental health crises. Kerr works to stabilize children in crisis, provide effective mental health treatment and ultimately return the child to their home or a less intense level of care. Many of these children are in foster care, or DHS custody. They often come into our facility with nothing but hospital scrubs. We keep a donations closet for these kids and are always in need of new or gently used items such as:
• clothing for children ages 6-17, (and all the varying sizes those ages come in.)
• Games, puzzles, group activities
• MP3 players that do not have built in microphones.
• CD players, I pads, sound machines, weighted blankets.
• A subscription to “calm” app which costs a little more than $200 annually.
The problem is there isn’t money in psychiatric care. We get paid by insurance and sometimes families a fraction of the operation cost. Most psychiatric technicians make just above minimum wage with a college diploma. But I love the work I do, and I love the children and families I serve. Please consider donating today.
~ Kathryn Miller (Swing Front Supervisor, Albertina Kerr Subacute.)