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Adolescent assessment and treatment

The adolescent years can include times of emotional and mental turmoil, and sometimes a teen needs help restoring his or her ability to cope.

If your teenager is struggling, United Hospital has a number of programs that can return him or her to positive mental health and well being.

Inpatient program

The United Hospital Inpatient Program is for adolescents, 12 to 18-years-old. It includes crisis stabilization, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning to prepare teens for outpatient care or a return to their homes.

Patients receive around-the-clock care in a hospital setting while learning how to manage their illnesses. The attending psychiatrist directs the multidisciplinary team, which may be composed of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, program specialists, program therapists and social workers.

Program components include:

  • individual education and group therapy
  • family involvement and therapy
  • educational programming
  • treatment and crisis planning
  • medication management

Patients are admitted into the Inpatient Program through an Emergency Department assessment, or by a direct referral from a doctor or clinic to our Assessment and Referral team.

Schooling

We partner with the St. Paul Public School system to ensure that adolescents in the program keep up with their school work. During the academic year, two hours per day are spent in our classroom with a St. Paul school teacher. If a teen is not part of the St. Paul Public Schools, our teacher and social work team will work with their home school to get classwork sent to us and assure he or she receives credits for attending the program.

Throughout treatment, we maintain active, ongoing communications with the school staff and development of a treatment plan for success at school. You can expect a multidisciplinary team discharge conference to discuss your teen’s progress, course of treatment and transition plan for returning to school.

Partial hospital program

United Hospital’s Adolescent Psychiatry Partial Hospital Program welcomes your teen for assessment and treatment. The program is for adolescents, 13 to 18-years-old. It is designed to prevent and reduce hospitalization, maintain the adolescent in school and help stabilize the adolescent in his or her family.

A teen’s parent. guardian or physician can call 651-241-5666 for information or assistance in arranging an intake meeting.

The Adolescent Psychiatry Partial Hospital Program model of treatment addresses:

  • depression and anxiety
  • self-injurious behavior
  • self-defeating behavior
  • suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Referral and admission

An intake meeting with a mental health professional is needed for admission to the Adolescent Partial Hospital Program. A teen’s parent/ guardian or physician can call 651-241-5666 for information or assistance in arranging an intake meeting.

Intakes are done Monday-Friday by appointment. Patients from the inpatient program may be referred to the Partial Hospitalization Program by their physicians.

Treatment

Adolescent Psychiatry Partial Hospital treatment is scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday– Friday on school days, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday on non-school days. The average length of treatment is two to four weeks. Treatment plan components are individualized to help meet the needs of the adolescent and the family.

In a group therapy environment the adolescent learns how to:

  • Experience success and to increase self-awareness.
  • Improve coping skills.
  • Develop interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Increase emotion regulation.
  • Improve family communication skills.
  • Improve conflict resolution skills.

A psychiatrist directs care, featuring evaluation of current medications or the need for medications throughout participation in the program, and determines psychological testing needs for further evaluation.\

The program also includes individual family sessions and a weekly multi-family therapy group, with topics such as:

  • building trust in the family relationship
  • fun family activities
  • engaging in healthy communications
  • dealing with social media

Schooling

We partner with the St. Paul Public School system to ensure that adolescents in the program keep up with their school work. During the academic year, two hours per day are spent in our classroom with a St. Paul school teacher. If an adolescent is not part of the St. Paul Public Schools, our teacher and social work team will work with their home school to get classwork sent to us and assure he or she receives credits for attending the program.

Throughout treatment, we maintain active, ongoing communications with the school staff and development of a treatment plan for success at school. You can expect a multidisciplinary team discharge conference to discuss your teen’s progress, course of treatment and transition plan for returning to school.

Adolescent after school program

This program meets for three hours, three times weekly at United Hospital in St. Paul to help adolescents grow, thrive, maintain their mental health, or transition from inpatient care or a partial hospitalization program into the community. Call 651-241-8900Learn more about the adolescent after school program.

Outpatient Clinic

We offer psychology and psychiatry outpatient appointments for adolescents at Allina Health Mental Health – United Clinic. Call 651-241-5959Learn more about the Allina Health Mental Health Clinic.

New mental health services

Addiction services

This new program for adults featuring both individual and group therapy allows you to get care for both conditions in one place. Call 1-866-603-0016, and request a group therapy appointment with the “Mental Health Specialty Services for Substance Use Disorders Program.” 

Expressive Arts and Mindfulness Day Treatment Program

This rich, supportive, adult day treatment program can help you address mental health concerns, cope with stress and reconnect with positive directions for yourself. The program includes psychotherapy, arts therapies and mindfulness approaches. It features activities like meditations, walking and writing to help you bring creative mindfulness into your everyday life.