Hawthorn Center

Hawthorn Center

Dr. George Mellos, Director

18471 Haggerty Road
Northville, MI 48167
Phone: (248) 349-3000
Fax: (248) 349-9552

About Hawthorn Center

Hawthorn Center, located in Northville, Michigan, provides intensive inpatient psychiatric services to children and adolescents. At present, Hawthorn Center has capacity for 118 patients. An agency of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Hawthorn Center has been one of the Midwest's finest psychiatric treatment facilities for children for over forty years. More than 30,000 children and their families have received services since the hospital opened in 1956.

Hawthorn Center is also an important training site for child psychiatric residents, psychology interns, students in social work, special education, and nursing.

APA Doctoral Internship Program:  Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology Training Program

Hawthorn Center Mission, Vision and Values


The mission of Hawthorn Center is to provide high quality inpatient mental health services to emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.


Hawthorn Center will be an outstanding psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. Our services will be accessible, efficient, and effective. Our outcomes will result in high customer satisfaction. We will continuously strive to strengthen our programs and to respond to the changing needs of our service community. We will support development of all staff to their fullest potential, and we will contribute to the future of mental health through training of mental health practitioners and active participation in mental health research. Hawthorn Center and its staff will reflect the highest tradition of public service.


We believe that growth and development is best achieved through an individualized approach based on the unique strengths, desires, and needs of each child and family. We believe in provision of care and treatment by a strong interdisciplinary team open to new ideas and flexible in delivery of service. We are committed to working collaboratively with other community agencies on behalf of our mutual clients.

Treatment Services

On the day of admission, the child is evaluated by the psychiatric, nursing, pediatric, and social work staff. Within three to five days after admission, psychological, nutritional, educational, and dental assessments are completed. These assessments form the basis upon which the child's individual treatment plan is developed.

Psychiatric services are provided by an interdisciplinary team composed of a child psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nursing, and educational staff. Each patient receives individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nursing care, and special education, as prescribed by his/her individual treatment plan, with the child psychiatrist as the leader of the treatment team.

Routine pediatric, dental, and pharmacy services are provided on site. Emergency medical care is provided at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, or St. Mary's Hospital in Livonia. Specialty consultations are arranged at the request of Hawthorn Center medical staff.

The Community Mental Health Service Providers, who referred the child to Hawthorn Center for treatment, assign a case manager to participate in treatment planning and to coordinate discharge and aftercare services.

Parents and guardians are an important part of the child's treatment. Families are offered weekly family therapy sessions and are encouraged to participate in treatment, educational, and discharge planning. Visits and telephone contact with parents and other significant individuals are encouraged.

Each child attends the Hawthorn Center school for a full day Monday through Friday, year-round. The school program is integrated into the psychiatric treatment program. All teachers are certified in special education. Academic credits are transferred to the home school district when the child is discharged.

When not in school, children participate in various treatment and recreational activities planned and supervised by nursing and recreational therapy staff. Activities take place both on and off the child's assigned living area.

Children are under staff supervision 24 hours a day.


Children between the ages of five to seventeen who reside in Michigan who have severe emotional and/or behavioral disorders may be eligible for inpatient treatment. Hawthorn Center does not provide services to children whose primary diagnosis is a developmental disability, substance abuse, or juvenile delinquency. Services may be provided to children who have secondary problems in these areas under certain conditions.


Referrals are accepted only from the Community Mental Health Services Provider (CMHSP) which serves the county in which the child lives. A request for inpatient treatment is based upon the results of an evaluation of the child done by the CMHSP. A referral packet is forwarded to Hawthorn Center. The referral is promptly reviewed by the Admission Committee and appropriate referrals are admitted as soon as possible.

Referrals are accepted and patients are admitted twenty-four hours a day. Hawthorn Center will accommodate both short term and long term hospitalization needs of patients as requested by CMHSP.


Hawthorn Center is located on Haggerty Road between 6 and 7 Mile Roads in Northville, Michigan.

Take I-96, I-696, I-94, I-75 or M14 to I-275. Exit at either the 6 or 7 Mile Road exit. Haggerty Road is 1/4 mile west of I-275.

There are affordable motels and restaurants nearby.