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Worried About Your Teen? We're Here to Help Your Family Get Back on Track 

Our experienced team helps teens facing a wide array of mental health challenges. We partner with you to provide a unique, family-centered treatment approach for your teen that involves parents and caregivers because we view your involvement as essential to your teen’s successful recovery. For that reason, parent or caregiver involvement is a required component of our programs. 

Who We Help

We offer intensive outpatient day programs for teens, ages 12 - 17 who are:

  • Experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, suicidality, self-harm and alcohol / drug use
  • Struggling to cope at home and/or school, but do not require hospitalization
  • Needing support to help prevent hospitalization
  • Stepping down from a hospital or residential program setting but still need intensive support 


Our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs

Depending on the level of care needed, we offer two intensive outpatient day programs, tailored especially for teens:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) 

  • For teens who need crisis intervention or short-term stabilization
  • High level intensive outpatient treatment for most mental health and substance use disorders
  • Often serves as a transitional level of care following a psychiatric hospitalization stay
  • Teen typically attends 5 days / week, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Parents / caregivers participate in weekly education and multi-family groups, one day each week from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Program typically last 2 weeks, followed by another 2 – 4 weeks at the IOP level


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 

  • For teens whose symptoms are more stable or who are further along in their recovery
  • Slightly less intensive level of care than PHP, but provides majority of the same services
  • Many teens who start at PHP level will step down to IOP before completing the program
  • Teen typically attends Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. for approximately 2 – 4 weeks
  • Parents / caregivers participate in weekly education and multi-family groups, one day each week from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


What Our Programs Offer

  • Daily group therapy and education sessions for teens to develop coping skills and resilience
  • Weekly therapist-led multi-family group therapy to foster positive family relationships
  • Expressive arts therapy, such as art or music, to promote emotional growth and healing
  • Weekly sessions with a psychiatrist for your teen
  • Collaboration with your teen’s outside medical providers]
  • Help making home-study arrangements with your teen’s school
  • Family involvement and collaboration with providers throughout each of the programs


How to Get Started

  •  Simply call (925) 674-4265 to discuss your teen’s situation with our admissions team
  • No referral needed from your child’s pediatrician or mental health provider
  • We can often admit teens to the program as soon as the next day after the intake assessment
  • You may also fill out the below form and we will get back to you within 2-3 business days

If you feel that your child has an immediate medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

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