Families in Richland and neighboring counties with teens and preteens experiencing depression, anxiety and other behavioral health challenges now have an additional resource close to home.
The Akron-based pediatric health care system has announced that Akron Children’s has moved its intensive outpatient program to 1027 S. to its stand-alone Behavioral Health Center located on Trimble Road.
Partial hospitalization programs are designed to divert children and adolescents from psychiatric inpatient treatment into the community and/or transfer them from inpatient care back to home. According to Akron Children’s, the goal is to help youth improve their functioning, stabilize their mental state, and develop healthy coping skills that will last into adulthood.
PHP is for children aged 12 to 18 years. The five-day-a-week program includes individual, group and family therapy and the average length of stay is 5 days to 10 days, said Derrick Martin, clinical operations supervisor, outpatient and intensive services. For Akron Children’s Western Region.
“We teach teens skills to help them change problematic behavior, improve relationships, and deal with stressful situations,” Martin said. “New skills are reinforced through education and training, group sessions, goal setting and expressive therapy groups. Parental involvement is an important and necessary component.”
Time is set aside during the day for participants to spend on their school work.
PHP providers use evidence-based psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to treat mood disorders and influence behavior patterns.
“We are very excited to bring these highly specialized, child-centered behavioral health programs to our community,” Martin said.