Crittenton Children’s Center

Crittenton Children’s Center


Located in Kansas City, Mo., Crittenton Children’s Center (CCC) offers intensive outpatient (IOP) care for adolescents struggling with alcoholism or substance abuse. There is also a residential treatment program for adolescents with behavioral issues stemming from mental illness, neglect, or abuse.

While medically supervised detox is not available within this program, it is available through Saint Luke’s Health System, which the Crittenton Children’s Center is a part of.


Before treatment begins, a thorough assessment is completed to determine which program or service is most appropriate per client. The chemical dependency program relies on the assessment protocols established from the Substance Abuse & Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) model.

A variety of evidence-based treatment options are available at CCC including 12-Steps groups, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and attachment, self-regulation and competency (ARC).

The psychiatric residential program encourages education about anger control, conflict resolution, and key communication skills. A separate pre-adolescent program provides therapy and treatment for young children.

Crittenton Children’s Center provides treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders and chemical dependency in an IOP that uses individual treatment plans as well as individual, family, and group therapy. Clients are required to attend for 10 hours each week, and the treatment team coordinates care with school, court personnel, and others to ensure successful and holistic treatment outcomes.

The facility offers early intervention and aftercare programs for adolescents in their chemical dependency program. Additionally, other services for trauma and foster care are offered.


The treatment team includes psychiatrists, physicians, registered nurses, and certified counselors.


Crittenton Children’s Center offers its residential psychiatric services in a 54-bed hospital setting. Its campus is 96 acres and includes a gymnasium, game room, and outdoor play facilities.


At the time of this writing, has not received any reviews from alumni on their experience at CCC.

On Google, however, this facility has received negative feedback from alumni, receiving 2.1 out of five stars from 30 reviewers to date.[1] The reviews noted poor treatment from staff members. Alum Arion noted that “the staff didn’t always treat us great, especially the night staff.” He did, however, praise the facility for its food and entertainment options. Another recurring theme from alumni was their disappointment in the quality of treatment for depression. Brittany wrote: “this hospital is not suited for teens with depression. This is a hospital for teens who are violent and act out.”

Additional reviews on Facebook revealed similar praise and complaints.[2] To date, 15 reviewers have left ratings averaging 3.9 out of five stars, where Devine gave a perfect rating and wrote: “They taught me coping skills and they taught me there is life after leaving the program.” Conversely, T.J. gave just two stars and said, “Lacks supervision and i have heard of patients sneaking into others rooms at night.”


At the time of this writing, has only received one review from a loved one about Crittenton Children’s Center, which was mostly positive. The loved one gave five out of five stars for the facility’s cleanliness, affordability, and meals & accommodations. For exercise and leisure options, the anonymous reviewer gave three stars out of five. This anonymous reviewer wrote: “some people were nice and caring and really want the patients to succeed,” however, loved ones on Google corroborated claims of unimpressive, unprofessional staff. Representative reviewer S.P. wrote: “The Dr. I spoke with seemed heavily medicated and talked in circles.”


As a part of the Saint Luke’s Health System, Crittenton Children’s Center accepts private health insurance, self-pay and military insurance. A sliding fee scale is available for those who need financial assistance.


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  • I thought while I was in there that they had cared about me as a person. Caring Staff. Boring
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  • some people were nice and caring and really want the patients to succeed some seemed like they didnt care too much everything was good there were no maor problems