Adolescent Services assist with youth from the ages of 14 through their 18th birthday or the end of 12th grade. HMDS relies upon the Recovery Model as we work with adolescents and their families. The recovery model is based on the concepts of strengths and empowerment of the people we serve. We believe that when individuals with mental illness and/or addiction have greater control and choice in their treatment, they will be able to take increased control and initiative in their lives.
Serving youth ages 14 through 18
Services begin 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 conduct in-depth interviews with teens and family members to assess for areas of strength, resiliency and 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:
INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY THERAPY
Licensed therapists regularly meet with the adolescents and their parents or guardians as well as other family members if indicated. Together the therapist and youth develop a service plan with strategies for strengthening the areas that are going well and better manage some of the emotional and behavioral difficulties that may exist. Our staff are trained to address multiple and complex issues facing adolescents in an ever changing and at times turbulent culture. We address mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, mood and emotional dysregulation, to name a few. Youth who need evaluation for psychiatric medication and follow-up medication management are referred to our Board Certified Child and Adolescent staff psychiatrist. or to a qualified child psychiatrist in the community.
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Case Management Services are provided to those adolescents and families who are experiencing significant stress due to environmental factors such as housing issues, transportation issues, educational issues and difficulty accessing appropriate services. The goal of case management is to link the family to resources, help coordinate needed services, enhance community integration, assist families and youth in developing necessary skills and provide guidance, problem solving and support. This service can reduce the level of stress for families, allowing them to fully engage in therapy.
OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
HAMHDS uses a Recovery Based Model in providing substance abuse education, individual, family and group treatment at HAMHDS.
We offer two psycho-educational groups for youth who are experiencing substance use problems. These groups include the involvement of at least one parent and include Motivational Enhancement Therapy. This approach honors the stage of change that each youth may be in at the time of treatment. Along with their parents , adolescents learn about the disease model/ addiction and the impact of various substances on their developing brain.
- Court Alternative Program [CAP] SA group is a group for Court Ordered Youth. This group provides substance use education to adolescents and their parents over four group sessions. These groups provide education about addiction, the impact of substances on the developing brain and introduces the Stages of Change model and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. This evidence based practice encourages adolescents to self evaluate and consider options for reducing or discontinuing their use of substances.
- The Path group is a treatment group for youth and their parents. Attendance can be on a voluntarily basis or by court order. This group meets once a week for six weeks. Adolescents and their parent(s) are introduced to Motivational Enhancement Therapy to help adolescents evaluate their substance use and reduce or 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.