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Upstate to create eight-bed unit for adolescent psychiatric patients

Wanda Fremont, MDUpstate University Hospital will open an eight-bed inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit in early 2019. That was one recommendation from a Youth Mental Health Task Force, says Wanda Fremont, MD, left, Upstate's chief of child psychiatry and medical director of its Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. She says the new unit will have eight private rooms, plus a lounge and visiting area, for patients 12 to 17 years old. Patients will be admitted through the emergency department for hospital stays of five to seven days. Fremont says officials continue to work with community partners on some of the other recommendations to improve mental health services for young people in Central New York.