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Adolescent Services - For Ages 12 to 18

Helping your child recover through education, treatment and support

NCH’s adolescent unit treats all aspects of mental health including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and behavior problems.

We have the nation’s first inpatient School Refusal Program. This specialized program is designed for children who have difficulty going to or staying at school. These children may complain of physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches, have nightmares, or complaints of fear or heightened anxiety. They may make plans to go back to school but are simply unable to comply and may even become depressed or physically aggressive.

Comprehensive treatment plans for all mental health problems

  • In-depth mental health and substance abuse assessment and evaluation
  • Individualized treatment plans designed in consultation with parents, which may include medication, individual and group therapy, skills training, relaxation/visualization techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family involvement is critical to recovery and every treatment plan includes education groups, family therapy and multi-family groups
  • Three hours of on-site school, five days a week, dedicated to working on assignments from the child’s home school

Three levels of care

  • Inpatient treatment is available for those who need the most intensive care
  • Partial hospitalization includes weekdays onsite, with nights and weekends at home
  • Intensive outpatient provides mornings at school and afternoons onsite

After care is a vital part of the recovery process and is arranged as part of the discharged plan to support the success of treatment. The family therapist works with the parents to develop a plan for continuing outpatient treatment.

Beautifully renovated facility

  • 12-bed unit for inpatients
  • 12 places for partial hospitalization
  • Large day areas
  • Variety of group meeting spaces
  • State-of-the-art classroom

Experienced staff

  • Full-time, on-site, board-certified child and adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Certified teachers
  • Masters prepared mental health clinicians
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Last Updated 04/10/2009