Adolescent Program

Vista del Mar Hospital provides inpatient care for adolescents ages 12 through 17 whose acute symptoms require a safe and therapeutic environment. Our team of specialists recognize and understand the unique needs of adolescent patients dealing with emotional and psychological disorders.

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.

Psychiatric or emotional disorders which may necessitate hospitalization include:

  • Recent suicide attempt
  • Current suicide ideation with lethal means and/or intent
  • Recent history of significant self-mutilation or self-endangering behavior
  • Severe anxiety
  • Assaultive or aggressive behavior
  • Severe depression and hopelessness
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychotic thinking or behaviors impacting daily activities
  • Substance abuse in conjunction with any of the above

Treatment plans include comprehensive assessment, group therapy, medication management, school participation, and family involvement. Program staff offer therapy and support to parents and siblings and our weekly Multi-Family Group sessions provide an essential forum for improved and effective communication within the family unit.

Discharge planning is initiated at the time of admission and revised throughout the hospitalization.  A written Aftercare Plan is developed with the participation of the adolescent and family.  It includes recommendations for further treatment and follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed.