Adolescent Care: Helping young people through the struggle

Millions of teenagers across the country struggle with depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues. It can be the most heart-wrenching and confusing time a parent will ever face. Maybe bullying, peer pressure, a substance use disorder or family issues are affecting your teen and holding them back from reaching the developmental milestones that will guide them into adulthood. We’re here to help.

A Path to Recovery

A staggering 20 percent of people age 13-17 live with a mental health condition, and 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Our Adolescent Outpatient Program is designed for young people who need treatment for mental, emotional or addiction problems. It’s for teens who may be transitioning from inpatient care or need more intensive treatment than traditional outpatient programs can offer. SUN’s team of experts is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, partnering with teens and their families to help them map a journey to improved health and happiness.

We currently provide care for adolescents starting at age 13. This fall, we’ll begin offering outpatient care for children 12 and under.

This program helps our most vulnerable patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships, and regain control of their lives. Adolescents will benefit from this program who are experiencing any of the following:

If your teen is experiencing any of the following, we can help:
  • Depression, sadness and hopelessness, perhaps from being bullied at school
  • Self-harm, thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideations
  • Behavioral problems such as a significant decline in grades or skipping school
  • Poor impulse control
  • Mood instability
  • Auditory or visual hallucinations
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hyperactivity, hypervigilance, paranoia or delusions
SUN’s Adolescent Outpatient Program: Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Partial Hospitalization Program
For patients who are transitioning from inpatient care or need urgent treatment in a time of crisis to prevent a hospital visit.

  • Patients attend five groups per day, five days a week
  • Groups focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Coping Skills Training and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), an evidence-based system to help people attain the highest level of wellness or relapse prevention
  • Our team of providers comprehensive medication management

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
For teens who may be stepping down from partial hospitalization but still need comprehensive support and structure.

  • Patients attend three groups per day, three days a week
  • Sessions include a daily process group to work through current issues, cognitive therapy, and the daily WRAP or relapse prevention group

No matter the service, all of SUN’s treatment programs include these key components:

  • Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners
  • Compassionate around-the-clock nursing care
  • Safety empowerment system to develop internal control
  • Mindfulness
  • Commitment to academic enrichment (at least 1 hour/ day for PHP)
  • Family therapy and parent/child interactive therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children
  • Emotional Regulation Training (ERT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family-Centered Safety Planning
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Collaboration with outpatient providers
  • Aftercare planning for continued recovery