Located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Southcoast Behavioral Health is a 192-bed psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient treatment for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses.
If your child is exhibiting sudden changes in behavior, such as disinterest in their favorite hobbies, withdrawal from friends, or trouble sleeping, they may benefit from professional care.
At Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, we deliver superior inpatient psychiatric services for young people who are struggling with a wide range of mental health concerns. Our caring team can help your loved one stabilize and get on a path to a productive, bright future.
Structured Care for Children and Adolescents Through Inpatient Programming
Southcoast Behavioral Health is a leading provider of crisis intervention services for children and adolescents. At our inpatient hospital, we are proud to deliver exceptional, age-appropriate care for young people in an environment that is conducive to healing. Our inpatient program is available for children and adolescents ages 5-17 who are suffering from severe symptoms of mental health concerns.
We understand that each young person heals at their own pace, which is why we determine the inpatient program duration on a case-by-case basis. Typically, children and adolescents in our inpatient program participate in services for seven to 14 days. During this time, they can receive round-the-clock monitoring from staff members who are highly experienced in providing emotional support for young people.
Concerns Addressed During Mental Health Inpatient Programming
Child and adolescent mental health inpatient programs are suitable for young people who have behavioral health concerns that have disrupted their ability to function at home, perform at school, or engage socially. In our premier mental health inpatient program, we help children and adolescents who are in crisis achieve stabilization so that they can return home safely or step down to a lower level of care.
Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization at Southcoast Behavioral Health is available for young people who are suffering from a variety of mental health concerns, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Attachment disorders
- Suicidal ideation
Therapeutic Experience Throughout the Inpatient Programming
As a provider of one of the best mental health inpatient programs for children and adolescents in the Northeast, it is our mission to provide superior and innovative care for young people in need. We accomplish this by delivering inpatient programming that is highly personalized and developmentally appropriate.
Each child or adolescent in our mental health inpatient program participates in a thorough initial evaluation that our team uses to create their individualized care plan. We recognize that each child has different needs, goals, and preferences, and our staff helps ensure that their inpatient mental health programming is tailored accordingly so that they can achieve optimal results.
Group therapy is the main mode of therapy in our inpatient program, and patients can expect to attend multiple sessions each day. In psychoeducation, process, and expressive groups, children and adolescents can learn about an assortment of topics that are relevant to their specific therapeutic goals.
Topics commonly covered during group sessions include:
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Coping skills
- Social skills
- Mental illness education
- Medication education
Patients may also participate in therapeutic recreational activities, expressive arts, and family counseling.
Expert Staff at Southcoast Behavioral Health Inpatient Hospital
Our staff believes that children and adolescents who are in emotional crisis deserve timely support that is delivered with the utmost kindness and compassion. And at Southcoast Behavioral Health, we employ professionals who have extensive experience working with young people. We work collaboratively with our patients to help them improve their ability to function so that they begin to feel more like themselves again.
Based on their needs, each young person may interact with a variety of highly trained professionals, including registered nurses, master’s-level social workers, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and psychiatrists. In our inpatient mental health program, children and adolescents can receive the focused support they need to build a foundation for improved well-being.
Our Collaborative Approach for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Concerns
Children’s and adolescents’ support systems can be integral to their healing process. For this reason, we encourage family members to be actively involved in their loved one’s treatment during their time with us. Having the support of family at each step of their healing journey can be crucial for your child’s long-term success.
If your child can benefit from our inpatient program, we encourage you to reach out to our team today. We are happy to provide guidance for you and your loved one as you take the first steps toward helping them achieve better health and long-term healing.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Southcoast Behavioral Health.