Child and Adolescent Services
When a child or adolescent suffers from a psychiatric illness or substance misuse, his or her needs may be very complex. Families often do not know where to turn for help. At St. Vincent’s, we provide individualized care with the goal of helping
the child achieve a happier and healthier life. We attempt to address children’s needs in a way that is the least disruptive and most therapeutic to their daily lives.
Our multidisciplinary staff combines experience, expertise and caring to help children and families through the immediate effects of an illness and beyond. We offer inpatient and outpatient services designed to restore and improve the capacity of children and adolescents to master the complex tasks of growth and development. We are available whenever your family needs us, 24 hours a day.
Mental Health Services
St. Vincent’s Westchester offers a full range of mental health treatment services for children and adolescents. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation so we can develop an individualized care plan. Our multidisciplinary clinical staff
offers individual, group and family therapy and medication management when indicated.
Our resources include:
- Emergency and walk-in evaluations
- Outpatient mental health services for children and families
- Full day treatment program for adolescents, including on-site school and academic tutoring
- Intensive after-school outpatient programs
- Addiction treatment
- Medication management
- Inpatient hospitalization for children 13 and older
- Acute and crisis stabilization care
At each step in the child’s recovery process, we maintain close contact with family members, pediatricians, other primary care doctors, and school personnel, as appropriate.
Outpatient Child and Adolescent Service
Medication management, individual and family therapy for children ages 5 and older at our Harrison campus and at the St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Center in White Plains.
Adolescent Partial Hospital Program
The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program offers short-term, intensive treatment for adolescents with serious psychiatric difficulties. The program is designed to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations or re-hospitalizations.
Treatment services include:
- Group therapy for social, behavioral, and emotional rehabilitation
- Individual and family therapy
- Medication management
- Discharge planning
- School instruction during the school year
St. Vincent’s is among a group of providers in Westchester County offering ENCOMPASS, an evidence-based program designed to address the needs of adolescents and young adults with mental health challenges and substance misuse issues. It is estimated that more than 60% of adolescents with substance misuse disorders have a co-occurring mental health problem.
ENCOMPASS offers 12-16 weeks of individual, weekly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational incentives to reinforce abstinence from substance use, and medication management with a psychiatrist if appropriate. Participants in the program have been shown to have significant reductions in psychiatric symptoms and substance use.
The program was developed through collaboration between the harris project, the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, WMC Health, Family Services of Westchester and the University of Colorado. A goal of ENCOMPASS is to create an integrated system of treatment for mental health and addiction issues.
Inpatient Adolescent Unit
Adolescents ages 13 to 18 receive comprehensive assessment and treatment in a structured environment. The staff helps patients to identify problematic behaviors and make adaptive changes. The treatment philosophy is based on five foundations: safety, responsibility, participation, social skills and respect.
Substance Misuse Recovery ServicesSt. Vincent’s provides a comprehensive set of treatment services for adolescents and young adults who are experiencing problems with alcohol and/or other drugs. The objectives of the programs are to:
- Remove obstacles related to alcohol and substance abuse that impede normal growth and development
- Restore the natural developmental processes
- Promote social, physical, familial and emotional health and well being.
EXCEL and EXCEL by Night
EXCEL is designed to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults who are having a problem with alcohol and other substances to the point that they are unable to manage at home or at school. This program is designed to meet the adolescent’s educational needs as well as to address his or her substance abuse problems. Referrals are accepted from schools, parents, family/juvenile court systems or other community agencies. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and complimentary breakfast and lunch are provided.
EXCEL by Night is designed for adolescents who are relatively stable in school and are beginning to experience problems with alcohol and other substances. The evening program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and provides group therapy on topics such as education on the disease of addiction, developing positive coping skills, self esteem and boundary issues.
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The Maxwell Institute, located in Tuckahoe, New York, offers an outpatient adolescent treatment program for teens ages 13 to 17 who are struggling with substance abuse. Group sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The adolescent program provides group therapy on topics such as:
- Education on the disease of addiction
- Developing positive coping skills
- Self-esteem issues
- Boundary issues
- Meetings with the adolescent’s family and additional support systems are scheduled as needed.
Port Chester Recovery Center Adolescent Program
The adolescent program at the Port Chester Recovery Center uses evidence-based curricula specifically targeted to the needs of adolescents ages 13 to 18. Group, individual and family treatment are available Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to make a referral, please call (914) 939-2700.
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