Child & Adolescent Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization

ECHN’s Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and their families. In this therapeutic setting, issues that are impacting the interpersonal, social, emotional and/or academic functioning of a child, adolescent and/or their family are addressed in a respectful, caring and compassionate environment. Families are valued and seen as equal partners in working collaboratively with the clinical team to improve the overall functioning of the child or adolescent.

General Description of Clinical Services:

  • Assessment and triage assures clients are referred to the appropriate level of care based upon need.
  • Stabilization and therapy are provided in the least restrictive environment.
  • Collaboration includes working with families, schools, community health care providers, community agencies, other psychiatrists, pediatricians, family practitioners and others identified by the family as significant to child’s treatment.
  • Referrals for clinical services can come from parents, schools, courts, other providers, DCF, inpatient units, residential facilities and/or Crisis services.
  • A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist leads the clinical team in the after school Programs and conducts psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and medication management in all Programs.
  • Master’s level licensed Therapists from multiple disciplines having clinical expertise in a variety of specialties provide therapy in all services
  • A licensed Occupational Therapist conducts functional assessments and provides treatment in all of the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services.
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), an evidence based treatment approach is the model used in all services and serves as the foundation for teaching new skills.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service

  • Psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and medication management are available for children and adolescents ages 3-18yrs of age.
  • Staff include a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, APRNs, LPC, and a licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Additional services for adolescents include:
    • Individual Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Substance Abuse Evaluations
    • Substance Abuse Group

Adolescent Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs

  • Adolescents who require more intensive services than traditional outpatient services, but who do not need to inpatient level of care, can attend an after school program.
  • The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program and Intensive Outpatient Programs offer comprehensive treatment in a structured and supervised therapeutic environment. These Programs can help prevent the need for higher levels of care.
  • The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program is 4 hours/day and participants attend 5 days/week.
  • The Intensive Outpatient Program is 3 hours/day and participants attend 3 days/week.
  • Each adolescent will have an individualized treatment plan designed to address their specific problems.
  • Both Programs include an intensive Substance Abuse Tract for adolescents with substance abuse issues.
  • Both Programs use a team approach with staff comprised of a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, licensed therapists (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, and LADC), a licensed Occupational Therapist, and Mental Health Counselors.
  • Both Programs include a variety of therapeutic modalities, including individual and family sessions, group therapy, DBT skills groups, substance abuse groups and functional therapy groups.
  • The Psychiatrist will complete an assessment on all patients, including an evaluation for medication if indicated.
  • Manchester Memorial Hospital helps accommodate those families without transportation who are working by providing transportation from school to the Program.

The Child & Adolescent Ambulatory Services Program is located at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes Street in Manchester. We can be reached by calling our main line at 860.647.6827 or the Behavioral Health Referral Line at 860.647.6800.

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