The CHOC Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center is an inpatient psychiatric center exclusively dedicated to the treatment of children ages 3-17 with mental illness who are in immediate risk of hurting themselves or others. It is the only inpatient facility in Orange County that can treat patients younger than 12. Our doctors and care team are all specially trained to treat children and provide the very best patient- and family-centered care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dr. Laura Lai joined CHOC Children’s in November 2018 as the psychiatry lead for the ASPIRE® (After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at CHOC. We chatted with Dr. Lai about her journey in psychiatry and what she enjoys most about working with CHOC patients and families.
CHOC recently celebrated the second anniversary of the first Brineura infusion, a novel treatment for CLN2 disease, or late infantile Batten disease.