Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Program

This unique program cares for adolescents with a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders. Patients receive care for both issues concurrently. We provide services for a diverse population through quality and culturally-sensitive programming.

We serve adolescents ages 12 t o 18, who do not require 24-hour observation and intervention in order to remain safe in the community and have any of the following: 
  1. Both a mental health and a substance use disorder diagnosis.
  2. Both a mental health and a substance use disorder diagnosis and have completed a primary intervention program. 
  3. Require an assessment to determine a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.
  4. Be able to be safely treated in a community, group therapy setting. 
  5. Meet one of the first three criteria plus criteria four and are willing to sign a no-use contract for the duration of their involvement in the program. 

Assessment

Having an assessment is an important first step in making a correct diagnosis and determining the best way to care for each patient.  Family members, school staff and others in the community also participate in the assessment process in order to get the most accurate results possible. 

Our Program

Treatment includes four hours of group therapy and two hours of academic instruction every day  . Therapy includes learning coping strategies, conflict management techniques, cognitive behavioral strategies, chemical health groups and other care as needed. Patients and their loved ones also participate in weekly family therapy sessions, either as a single family unit or as part of a group. 

Continuing Care

Our Continuing Care program helps patients maintain the new behaviors learned in treatment. This structured program includes family, individual and group counseling. Adolescents typically attend their own school in the morning and come to Continuing Care in the afternoon.. 

Family Involvement

Family involvement is a central component of our program.  Family members are expected to participate in the assessment and treatment process and are provided with the support they need to improve their emotional health and recognize the harmful role chemical abuse has played in their lives. We encourage open communication throughout the treatment process and regularly update parents, community therapists and other professionals working with the patient.  

Our Care Team

Our multidisciplinary team may include:
  • Chaplains
  • Clinical site supervisors
  • Directors
  • Licensed alcohol and drug counselors
  • Licensed psychotherapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatric associates
  • Psychiatrists
  • Registered nurses
  • Rehabilitative therapists