Adolescent Behavioral Services

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Aurora Charter Oak Hospital offers inpatient treatment for adolescents (ages 13-17) with mental health problems, as well as adolescents who have both a mental health and a drug/alcohol use, misuse or unhealthy/harmful use problem. Adolescents are hospitalized separately from adults. The goal of our adolescent program is to provide stabilization of immediate concerns within a safe and structured environment. The treatment is short-term with the primary focus being on the reduction of symptoms and overall improvement of functioning.

We strive to provide the highest quality of care possible to this age group. This is accomplished by creating a structured environment that encourages rapid recovery and a return to the community for follow-up care as needed. Our treatment environment includes attention to the skills of daily living, education, interpersonal skills, family relationships, and any special areas where the diagnosis and treatment process indicate help is needed. Our treatment approach is based on our belief that teenagers differ a lot in the ways they mature and in the ways they handle the stress of these years. Therefore, we individualize our treatment approach for each adolescent.

Our treatment team provides 24-hour monitoring, treatment and stabilization for individuals who may be struggling with problems such as: 

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Drug/Alcohol use, misuse or unhealth/harmful use
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Psychosis/Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts

Adolescent treatment at Aurora Charter Oak includes a comprehensive assessment, group therapy, medication management, school participation, and family involvement. We begin aftercare planning at the time of admission and provide a written plan which is developed with the participation of the adolescent and family. This plan includes recommendations for further treatment and follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed.

Treatment Team

We believe a team approach is the most effective method to deliver quality care. The treatment team for each adolescent is led by a psychiatrist and typically includes a licensed therapist, psychiatric nurse, activity/recreational therapist, case manager/social worker, mental health and chemical dependency counselors. The treatment team offers not only their clinical expertise and experience, but also their concern and compassion.

Therapy Groups and Activities

  • Adolescent patients receive four therapy groups per day, including mental health, substance use education, and recreational activity groups. 
  • Groups are facilitated by professional healthcare staff, such as therapists, psychologists and chemical dependency counselors. 
  • Families are scheduled for at least one family therapy session to address issues of immediate concern and plans for follow-up treatment. 

For more information about our Adolescent Services, please call 877-674-7781. Our Assessment Center can also answer questions regarding insurance coverage.  Medi-Cal and many private health plans are accepted at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital.