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Adolescents

Programs for Adolescents

Laurel Heights Hospital offers adolescent treatment programs that are tailored to meet the needs of youth with mental health issues, emotional and mood disorders, behavioral problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders in a secure, therapeutic environment.

Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Program

Our acute inpatient psychiatric treatment program provides crisis stabilization for male and female teens up to age 17. Some of our adolescent inpatient psychiatric patients have been diagnosed with co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders, and our highly trained staff is uniquely qualified to help youth who face these challenges. Our services include medication management, behavior analysis and family training sessions.

Acute Residential Psychiatric Program

Our residential Adolescent Program at Laurel Heights Hospital provides longer-term psychiatric treatment for boys up to age 17, and girls ages 12–17 (youth ages 18–21 are considered on a case-by-case basis). This program is designed to help our adolescent patients learn to manage their psychiatric behavioral symptoms through effective medication management, group and family therapy. Participants in this program attend Laurel Heights Academy.

Additionally, we offer a TRICARE®-certified unit for adolescent boys, ages 13-17, who face a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral difficulties.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Program

The Discovery Program at Laurel Heights Hospital offers highly specialized residential treatment for adolescents up to age 17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have severe behavioral difficulties and psychiatric illnesses. Our primary treatment objective is to teach new skills and behaviors that allow our patients to meet their needs in positive ways, and to reduce severe behaviors such as aggression or self-injury.

Long-Term Residential Psychiatric Treatment for Adolescent Males

Laurel Heights Hospital provides Long-Term Residential Psychiatric Treatment for adolescent males with severe and complex psychiatric and behavioral difficulties. In addition to addressing general psychiatric issues, we offer a program called SOAR for boys ages 12-17 who would benefit from treatment to address inappropriate sexual behaviors. This program incorporates individual, family and group therapy to help sexually impulsive youth get the treatment and support they need. The goal is to provide continuity of care to help ensure that each patient has a healthy, successful transition back to their home environment.

We’re Here to Help

Laurel Heights Hospital’s professional staff are ready to help find the best treatment options for your child. Call 404-888-5475 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.