Outpatient Mental Program for Children & Teens

An intensive outpatient program for youth and their families

This evening outpatient program is for families and teens ages 11 to 17, who are experiencing signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or other mood disorders. 

This 4-5 week intensive outpatient program is designed specifically for teens who have significant changes in mood, behavior or personality that lasts more than a few weeks. The program is designed to treat the family as well as their youth, prevent hospitalization and ensure a smooth transition back into everyday life.

A no-cost, comprehensive evaluation provides valuable information about whether your teen suffers from depression and determines if program participation is appropriate.

Children who may benefit from this program have:

  • Been bullied at school and are depressed
  • Tried to harm themselves
  • Attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations
  • Behavioral problems such as significant decline in grades or skipping school, that have developed from experiences with bullying

*This program is not appropriate for kids who have behaviors consistent with a conduct disorder, such as stealing, vandalizing, etc.

Program Requirements

  • Participants must attend the program a minimum of three days per week
  • Must be able to participate during program hours (4 - 7 pm, dinner included)
  • Parents/guardians must attend program a minimum of one day per week**
  • Children should be motivated to attend program
  • Children cannot require 24-hour care and should be able to function safely during non-program hours

**This program is not appropriate for children whose parents/guardians are not involved and engaged.

Youth Outpatient Program Components

  • Adolescent Coping with Depression course and complementary parent course, includes workbooks for each
  • 1:1 consultations with a board-certified psychiatrist (as needed)
  • Joint parent/adolescent group therapy
  • Parent group therapy
  • Crises intervention
  • Follow up counseling available on site

If you have additional concerns about your teen, contact SSM Health today to discuss the issue further and see if next steps are necessary.


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