Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs

Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs

We offer several programs geared toward helping troubled teens and their families navigate a dynamic, challenging period of their lives.  

For more information about our programs, please contact us:

Inpatient: (925) 674-4100

Outpatient: (925) 825-8523

Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Program 

Our adolescent psychiatric program for youths aged 13 to 18 focuses on stabilizing crisis situations. It provides psychiatric and dual diagnosis services, and sets up a discharge plan with an outpatient provider for ongoing treatment.

The average stay in the short-term program is about seven days, during which time patients receive a medication evaluation. Family education and support groups are provided. The facility is divided into two units separated by gender to discourage incidents and inappropriate behavior.

Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Outpatient Program

Our day program for youths aged 12 to 18 includes cognitive therapy, process groups, art therapy, medication and drug education, school, and parent education. Adolescents attend the program from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This provides the opportunity for adolescents to engage with family and home issues while in treatment.

For teens requiring a lower level of care, we also have an Intensive Outpatient Program, which provides services from either 9:30am until 12:30pm, or 12:30pm until 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Inpatient Program

The Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Program provides diagnosis and treatment in a highly structured environment for adolescents who require care in a 24-hour inpatient hospital setting.

The program serves teens who are demonstrating acute and sub-acute symptoms that require stabilization and treatment. To help ensure success, it also provides modeling and education to parents and family.

Program Goals

The program helps adolescents identify and begin to resolve difficulties that impair their growth, happiness, and ability to function within both the family and the community. Staff members help the adolescent develop the skills necessary to grow toward a healthier future.

Treatment Team

Our staff members work together to provide comprehensive care for your teen. All staff function as therapeutic agents; they are attentive, predictable, consistent, and capable.

Psychiatrist - Participates in the assessment of the patient’s and family’s needs, coordinates patient care, and provides daily individual therapy.

Registered nurses, licensed psychiatric technicians, mental health counselors - Help adolescents identify their own treatment goals. These team members also conduct groups and report on the adolescent’s functioning in the structured setting.

Social worker - Completes a patient history, leads group therapy and family meetings, and participates in post-discharge planning.

Expressive art therapist - Assesses and helps improve the adolescent’s skills in self‑management, self‑esteem, and positive self-expression.

In addition to this core team, a medical doctor and nurse practitioner complete a physical examination of each patient. Other consultants, such as neurologists and psychologists, may be called upon when necessary.

Therapeutic Community

A structured activity schedule is an essential part of our program. Within the program community, patients are encouraged to view and conduct themselves in ways that promote growth and understanding. All interactions are regarded as opportunities to practice effective, appropriate behavior.

Discipline and limit-setting are as important as acceptance and affirmation. Staff enforce rules but also reward success, give support, and encourage progress.

Therapeutic Groups

Our group sessions are tailored to the developmental age of your adolescent. Participants express their feelings, interact, and grow in their awareness of personal strengths and abilities. Groups help teens:

  • Establish and understand their support systems
  • Identify and work on personal issues, conflicts, and problem behaviors
  • Test new behaviors and talk with peers and adults

Family Involvement

You and the rest of your family are an integral part of your son’s or daughter’s healing team. We encourage you to keep in touch with your teen’s psychiatrist, social worker, nurses, and counselors. Be sure to ask staff to answer any questions you have about your teen’s care.

Parenting Classes

We offer The Parent Project® for parents of strong-willed teens. The nationally proven program has helped hundreds of families in Contra Costa County and nearby areas. Over the course of ten weeks, you’ll learn effective parenting skills and get the support you need. Learn more about or register for this class