Family and Visitor Information: Visiting with Children

At Patton State Hospital, we want to ensure visits by children are safe and enjoyable. Please review the following rules regarding visiting with children:

  • Parental Approval: All children under the age of 18 may only visit with the approval from parent/guardian, an approved adult escort, and prior approval by the Interdisplinary Team which also requires a copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • Permitted Visiting Days:
    • All children under the age of 16 (sixteen) may only visit on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 provided the above mentioned approvals are in place
    • Children between the ages of 16 (sixteen) and under 18 (eighteen) may visit any day of the week provided the above mentioned approvals are in place
  • Physical Contact: Physical contact between patients and children will be permitted only when authorized by the ID team and when supervised by staff on a one-on-one ratio.
  • Supervise Children: Visitors are to superivse their children at all times. Failure to comply with this may result in termination of visit.
  • Emancipated Minors: Authorized adult visitors must be over 18 years of age. Those children who are emancipated minors must bring proof (original copy of documentation) from the court in order to visit as an adult. Identification will be required to show proof of age.
  • When visitors have children with them, they are permitted to the take the following items into the Visting Room:
    • one (1) baby carrier/car seat;
    • one (1) baby blanket;
    • three (3) diapers;
    • three (3) clear plastic bottles;
    • one (1) container of baby wipes;
    • one (1) toy (noiseless and non-stuffed).