Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Services
St. Vincent’s Westchester offers intensive short-term services for adolescents to address acute psychiatric or chemical dependency difficulties. The programs are designed to prevent inpatient hospitalization or re-hospitalization and to help adolescents transition back to their life in the community. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation, then an individualized treatment plan is developed. Our treatment philosophy is to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care focused on crisis resolution.
Adolescent Partial Hospital Program
The adolescent partial hospital program offers short-term intensive treatment for adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral problems. The program has a school component and prepares the adolescents to return to their regular school. Treatment services include group therapy for social, behavioral, and emotional rehabilitation; individual and family therapy; medication management; discharge and aftercare planning; and educational tutoring during the school year. The therapeutic groups address such topics as social skills, family issues, stress and anger management, coping skills, and symptom and medication management. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., during the school year and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., during the summer. For more information about the program, please call (914) 925-5112.
The Excel day program meets the needs of adolescents who are having a problem with drugs/alcohol to the point that they are unable to manage at home or at school. The program is designed to meet the adolescent’s educational needs as well as to address his or her substance use problems.
In the program, adolescents learn coping skills and preventative activities that help them fill their time and avoid relapse. Psychoeducation groups provide information about how drug/alcohol use can exacerbate mental health symptoms and destructive behavior. Other groups focus on impulse control, anger management and lifestyle changes that support sobriety. Family sessions are an important aspect of the program, and include education on addiction as a family disease and legal aspects of children’s behavior and consequences.
Referrals are accepted from schools, parents, family/juvenile court systems or other community agencies. The EXCEL day program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the program, please call (914) 925-5112.