Children and Adolescents

Northwest Behavioral Health offers a safe, confidential and caring environment to assist children and adolescents struggling with a behavioral health issue, such as:

  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and/or attempt
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Sexual abuse and trauma
  • Self-destructive or self-injurious behavior
  • Aggression, anger or hostility
  • Grief
  • Early Psychosis
  • Substance abuse and addiction

Programming is available for adolescents ages 12 to 17 and children ages 5 to 12.

Evaluation

Our licensed mental health professionals provide a thorough diagnosis and evaluation including:

  • Clinical interview
  • Physical examination
  • Biopsychosocial assessments
  • Therapeutic and/or addictions evaluation
  • Treatment and follow-up

Family Involvement

We recognize that when a teen or child is hurting, it is painful for the entire family. Your participation is encouraged throughout treatment.

What a Typical Day Looks Like While in Treatment

While at Northwest Behavioral Health, your child’s days are filled with services that are designed to help them meet their recovery goals. While we maintain a structured treatment setting, your child’s day consists of a balance of a variety of evidenced-based treatment services with time for breaks and self-reflection.

A multi-disciplinary treatment team develops a plan tailored to the needs of your child may include:

  • Group, family and individual therapy
  • Music, recreational and expressive therapy
  • Substance abuse therapy and education
  • Behavior modification therapy
  • Planning for discharge and follow-up

Following this brief, intensive inpatient treatment period, your child may continue in our specialized child/adolescent partial hospitalization treatment or intensive outpatient treatment programs overseen by a psychiatrist/psychiatric nurse practitioner and therapist.  This step-down program allows your child to stay in school and return home in the evenings.

Watch This Video to Learn More about Childhood Depression and Anxiety:

According to MentalHealth.gov:

  • Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14.
  • One in 10 young people have experienced major depression.
  • Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old.
  • Less than 20 percent of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need.