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Adolescents & Teens

Adolescents & Teens

Treatment for Adolescents & Teens

At Three Rivers Behavioral Health, we aim to help adolescent patients, ages 11-17, create new beginnings through compassionate, positive care in our secure therapeutic facility. Our Adolescent Behavioral Recovery program treats teens who are facing acute emotional, behavioral or psychiatric issues with the high degree of structure our patients need to succeed.

Adolescent inpatient treatment at Three Rivers Behavioral Health is dedicated to serving those who struggle with mental health issues, emotional and mood disorders, co-occurring substance abuse issues and behavior problems in a confidential environment. Our psychiatric care is designed to promote crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, coping skills and personal growth.

Treatment includes group, individual and family therapy as well as activity therapy. For adolescents with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder, we incorporate a 12-step philosophy as a part of adolescent co-occurring treatment and teen drug rehab.

A no-cost, confidential assessment helps us determine a course of treatment for your teen.

Three Rivers Behavioral Health provides adolescent inpatient mental health treatment for:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions/Paranoia
  • Sexual, Physical or Emotional Abuse
  • Alcohol Abuse/Addiction
  • Drug Abuse/Addiction
  • Medication Stabilization
  • Dementia Related Illness
  • Other Emotional & Behavioral Problems

How Do We Approach Mental Health Crises in Inpatient Behavioral Health?

We all get triggered sometimes, but you have to learn to cope with the stressors of life. Our mental health facility for youth staff will make every effort to help you cool off, but you also have to help yourself. If you are upset and need to calm down, your first plan should be to use your coping skills (deep breaths or journaling). You can also choose to talk to someone about how you are feeling. If these coping strategies don’t work for you, and you end up requiring additional help to make sure that you aren’t a danger to yourself or others, the following interventions might be used:

  • Identify the cause of behavior and attempt to meet needs.
  • Talk in a calm, non-confrontational tone to comfort and de-escalate.
  • Talk one to one with the resident.
  • Provide diversional activities, e.g. games, TV, recreational activities.
  • Provide calming distractions such as soft music, a book to read, etc.
  • Offer medication if appropriate.
  • Offer fluids and snacks.
  • Modify the environment, e.g. reduce noise level and remove source of agitation.
  • Encourage involvement in structured activities.
  • Call a physician, therapist/caseworker to provide assistance.
  • Time-out – a voluntary time away while being monitored by staff in a safe and quiet setting.

Unit Guidelines for Adolescent Behavioral Health Treatment

Inpatient psychiatric care for teenagers at a mental health facility requires structure. Here is a list of the guidelines we set aside for your loved one’s time in a teenage inpatient mental health treatment center. 

  • Maintain your personal space – NO physical contact with anyone.
  • Be respectful to yourself, all hospital staff, and peers.
  • Use your best manners while eating in the cafeteria.
  • Maintain cleanliness in the assigned room and day area.
  • Single line and no talking when leaving the adolescent unit for off unit activities.
  • Cursing, standing in the hallway and having private conversations, talking to each other across the hall or passing notes/pictures to each other, interferes with therapy for you and your peers and is considered inappropriate behavior.
  • Television shows and movies will be selected by staff.
  • Your participation and attendance are expected in all groups and activities unless instructed otherwise by staff.
  • All clothing needs to fit properly and be free from holes, rips, and negative or location specific logos. Religious scarves or headdresses may be removed for patient safety.
  • Stomach area must remain covered at all times even with activities. Staff may ask you to change your clothes if guidelines are not met.
  • You may not share or give personal items including clothing and hygiene items to anyone.
  • Hygiene boxes are provided at scheduled times and cannot be kept in your room. Return hygiene box to the staff when you are done.
  • Speak only with staff and peers on your unit.
  • Daily room checks for contraband are conducted by staff at random times. A list of contraband is in your patient information packet.

The First Place for a Second Chance

Three Rivers Behavioral Health’s professional staff are ready to help find treatment options for you or a loved one. Call 866-796-9911 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.