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Adolescent Acute Stabilization Program - AASP

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    When your teen needs urgent and intensive care for a mental health condition, our Adolescent Acute Stabilization Program (AASP) is here. AASP may be an option instead of hospitalization or just following hospitalization. Our program is best suited for those ages 13-18 years old and takes an average of 10 days.

    What it is

    AASP is a short-term program for adolescents to treat and stabilize serious mental health conditions.

    Our program takes place in the hospital, but participants don’t stay overnight. They attend the program Monday through Friday and otherwise are able to remain in their communities.

    Our program is designed for patients who require urgent and more intensive care than is offered by our other adolescent partial hospitalization programs at Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth and United Hospital.

    Our programming with a focus on therapy and family dynamics includes:

    • group psychotherapy
    • cognitive behavioral therapy
    • dialectical behavioral therapy
    • psychiatric evaluation and management
    • nursing assessments
    • parent support groups
    • family therapy
    • planning for returning to school

    Good for treating

    • anxiety
    • depression
    • school avoidance
    • parent-child conflict
    • self-harming behaviors
    • psychosis
    • bipolar
    • trauma

    What to expect

    This is what a typical day looks like:

    • 9-10 a.m.: Check-in/Goal Setting
    • 10-11 a.m.: Healthy Habits
    • 11 a.m.-noon: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Social Skills
    • 1-2 p.m.: Group Therapy
    • 2-3 p.m.: Distress Tolerance and Safety Planning

    Good to know

    • Parent/guardian involvement:  A parent must be present to complete the admission intake on the first morning of AASP. Parents must be available for daily contact with staff by phone and an in-person family therapy session (times vary). A parenting support group is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. and is strongly recommended but not required.
    • Transportation: Parents and guardians are responsible for arranging and confirming daily transportation. Contracted transportation through insurance or your home school district is accepted. Please note that not all school districts will transport to our program because there is no school educational component. Please instruct drivers to call 612-863-4037 at pick-up and drop-off to ensure safety of the patient.
    • Food: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided at programming.
      • Referring providers: To make a referral, please fax a completed referral form and last clinical note to 612-863-4181, ATTN: AASP. In addition, please call AASP office phone at 612-863-3307 and leave a voicemail with a callback number.

      Register for the program

      Parents or guardians can call 612-863-3307 to learn more or arrange an assessment.           

      Program hours

      Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed for major holidays and weather emergencies (based on Minneapolis Public School District).



    • Find us

      Abbott Northwestern Hospital
      Courage Kenny Building
      3rd floor, Station 3700
      800 E 28th St,
      Minneapolis, MN 55407