Teen and Children Program Overview
The inpatient child and teen mental health programs at Desert Parkway Hospital in Las Vegas offer individualized treatment for patients under the age of 18. Our kids’ program is designed to improve mental health in children who are ages 5 through 12. Teens involved in our inpatient care are between the ages of 13 and 17. Both the Child Inpatient Program and Adolescent Inpatient Program consist of daily structured group sessions with hospital staff, nurses, and social workers on the unit.
Parents are encouraged to participate in both family sessions and the patient’s overall care regimen. Staff team meetings are held throughout the youth’s mental health treatment for both inpatient and outpatient services.
Teen and Children’s Mental Health Services in Las Vegas
When we provide treatment for mental illness in teens and children, we include the following features in our programs:
- DBT/Play therapy approach: Patients are empowered to learn more about emotional regulation and taught to use mindfulness techniques to make better choices and gain a sense of control.
- Simplified unit expectations: We expect three things from our patients – respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for the environment. Simplifying unit expectations reduces the punitive nature of consequences associated with "rules." Additionally, re-direction toward specific behaviors initiates teaching moments for patients and assists them in making better choices for their needs and wants.
- Family focus: Families are encouraged to actively participate in treatment planning throughout the patient’s hospitalization – families receive education and support in assisting the patient through his or her treatment. Active involvement throughout the program will help loved ones learn positive ways to assist the patient in working through his or her issues and facilitate the family’s experience with the patient’s transition home (while developing a support group aided by social workers).
- Rotating group topics: Group therapy sessions include a variety of discussion topics relevant to the challenges associated with mental illness in children and teens.
- One-on-one sessions: Each child and teen has the opportunity to partake in individual therapy sessions, as needed, to work through personal issues and get tailored coping advice.
- Group psychotherapy: Patients participate in regular group therapy to allow them to share their emotions and struggles with other teens and children who can relate or have dealt with similar challenges.
- "Comfort Cart": Teens and children are provided with resources and techniques to trigger a self-calming response, which allows them to consciously take control over their thoughts and behaviors.
Discharge planning is an integral part of ongoing treatment and begins shortly after admission to our children’s or teen mental health programs. Desert Parkway’s multidisciplinary team is involved in establishing an individualized plan that is reflective of the patient’s needs and goals and determines an appropriate length of stay. Aftercare plans may include:
- Family and/or individual therapy
- Medication monitoring
- Self-help and support groups
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Partial hospital program
- Assistance with safe housing
Patients and families work closely with social workers and case managers to identify the best level of care and treatment necessary for the youth’s mental health. Children can be confident once they transition out of an inpatient level of care and get connected with useful outpatient resources.
Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals are always welcome to come in for a no-cost assessment. Our trained intake department will facilitate the admission process, including performing an assessment and insurance verification and or pre-certification.