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Highlands Behavioral Health System offers the following psychiatric care option for children and adolescents:

Acute Inpatient

Child & Adolescent Acute Inpatient
Child & Adolescent inpatient care is specifically designed to meet the mental health problems of patients 9-18 years old. Individuals experiencing serious behavioral disturbance or an inability to function at home or school may be appropriate for inpatient treatment. The therapeutic environment is highly structured and facilitates a clinical understanding of the patient’s unique problems while attending important family issues. Every individual is provided with an opportunity to learn new skills and achieve success. Our goal is to stabilize the immediate crisis and enable patients to return to their communities with skills to promote personal and emotional development, relationship building and independence. An emphasis is placed in comprehensive discharge planning that promote appropriate aftercare and relapse prevention.

Treatment consists primarily of group, family and individual therapies. Family therapy is an integral part of treatment and family members are encouraged to address problems that contributed to the current crisis. The program utilizes the peer group to bring about change, and places the focus of treatment on helping the adolescent develop a positive self-image, appropriate socialization skills and healthy communication. The treatment team emphasizes the importance of learning to accept responsibility for individual behavior and developing healthy modes of interaction with others.

Child & Adolescent Treatment Components
Treatment for each child and adolescent is administered by a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals led by a psychiatrist. Team members may include:

  • Psychiatrists

  • Internal Medicine Physician

  • Psychologists

  • Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Case Managers/Discharge Planners

  • Activity Therapists

The treatment process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any underlying medical or biochemical origins of disease. An individualized plan of care is written to meet the special needs of each patient.

Therapeutic components may include:

  • Individual therapy

  • Family therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Drug/alcohol education

  • Recreational therapy

  • Activity therapy

  • Pet Therapy

  • Medication education

  • Medication Stabilization

The treatment plan focuses on attainable short and long-term goals established with input from the teenager’s family and referring professional. Family participation is a vital component of adolescent treatment at Highlands, and is designed to promote understanding and effective communication.


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