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Crittenton Children's Center

Since 1896, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City's Crittenton Children's Center has served as the region's premier psychiatric care provider for children, adolescents, and their families. Crittenton opened Kansas City's first children's psychiatric hospital in 1979.

Crittenton Children's Center offers a range of services, including:

  • Psychiatric hospital programs for young children and adolescents
  • Residential treatment for adolescent girls and boys, such as:
    • Intensive residential services
    • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)
    • Juvenile Aggression Unit
    • Family Focus Transition Program
  • Intensive in-home services
  • Foster care and adoption services—case management and foster family training, licensing, and support
  • Chemical dependency intensive outpatient and after-care program
  • Trauma Smart
  • School-based intervention

Why Crittenton?

Crittenton Children's Center is:


Crittenton Children's Center is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality innovative behavioral health services to children and families as part of the Saint Luke's Health System.


The best place to get care. The best place to give care.


President–Janine M. Hron
Chief Financial Officer–Will Staron
Associate Chief Nursing Officer–Belva Giesing, R.N., M.S.N., P.C.C.N.
Medical Director–Eileen Duggan, M.D.

Visit Crittenton Children’s Center

Monday–Friday: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.
Sunday:  1–3 p.m.
Holidays: Noon–6 p.m.

Eileen Duggan, M.D., medical director


Hear Eileen Duggan, M.D., discusses complex trauma in children.

Contact us

To learn more about Crittenton Children's Center, call 816-765-6600.