Services offered include:
Services begins with a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse evaluation to determine which services may be of most benefit to the teen and family members. Our licensed clinical staff conducts in-depth interviews with teens and family members to assess for areas of difficulty. Standardized screening/assessment instruments may also be used to determine service needs. We offer urine drug screening and/or Breathalyzer testing as a measure of response to treatment for youth involved with substance abuse. Upon completion of the initial evaluation the teen may be referred to one or more of the following services:
Licensed therapists regularly meet with the youth and family to develop strategies to assist in managing the youth’s emotional and behavioral difficulties. Our staff is trained to address multiple issues facing teens in our care. We address mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and others. Youth who need evaluation for medication and follow-up monitoring are referred to our staff psychiatrist specializing in working with children and adolescents or to a child psychiatrist in the community.
We provide substance abuse education and group treatment at HAMHDS. Court Alternative Program [CAP] SA groups provide substance abuse education to adolescents and their parents through four group sessions. These groups provide education about the dangers of using substances and start to introduce the Stages of Change model and Motivational Enhancement Therapy to help adolescents consider options for discontinuing their use. The Path group is a treatment group that meets once a week for six weeks with the adolescent and their parent(s) to use Motivational Enhancement Therapy to help adolescents discontinue their use/abuse of substances. The Path group can be repeated for an additional six weeks given the needs of the individual adolescent and it can be followed up by individual out-patient Substance Abuse therapy.
The Outreach Program provides gender-specific support groups for males and females, mentoring, job readiness and employment support, recreational activities, cultural enrichment, and referral for high risk youth in need of community-based services. Teens may also meet individually with mentors to discuss issues and establish positive, achievable goals.