Behavioral Health Services
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Mental Health Programs
Youth (Kite Strings & Pathfinders) Adults (Passages)
Youth - Kite Strings and Pathfinders
Kite Strings is an intensive six-eight week treatment program for children ages 11-13, and Pathfinders for youth ages 14-18 with an average involvement of four-six weeks. These are short term partial hospitalization programs providing treatment for those youth with a mental health diagnosis and who present with social, emotional or behavioral issues that interfere with their ability to function within the community.
These programs are community based and provide therapeutic and academic services, at our facility in Hermitage, until students are ready to return to school. Furthermore, they are designed to help individuals understand their mental health diagnosis and to teach healthy strategies to cope with the feelings that often come with a diagnosis.
While in the program participants receive individual, family and group counseling as well as academic instruction and assignments as provided by their school district. A critical component of the program is its ongoing educational service. A full-time certified teacher works in conjunction with the home school district to keep the youth current with schoolwork. A summer session is also available.
Participants work with a team of therapists to create goals that will make life better a little bit at a time, and participate in groups to learn healthy ways to handle emotions. Some of the goals include: development of healthier coping strategies, preventing self-harm, managing stress and uncomfortable feelings, communicating about problems, taking responsibility for one's actions, increasing self-esteem, and learning to ask for help and support.
The goal of Kite Strings and Pathfinders is to keep youth functioning well in school, home and the community. The program staff makes the family an important part of treatment and establishes close ties with the child’s school, physician and community agencies. It also provides education and support for families so that they will better understand the nature of the mental health diagnosis and its treatment.
Both programs run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch is provided, and each participating school district provides transportation to and from the program, located at our Garden Way facility in Hermitage.
Click here for Kite Strings informational flyer
Click here for Pathfinders informational flyer
Adult - Passages
Passages is an acute adult partial mental health hospitalization program for adults ages 18 and over with many different types of psychiatric problems. These may include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders, as well as other psychiatric conditions that severely affect an individual’s ability to function daily. Participant’s average needed involvement with the program is two weeks, and it helps adults to avoid inpatient hospitalization or to continue with intensive psychiatric treatment following a brief inpatient stay.
Upon entering this group focused treatment program participants work with a team of therapists who help to establish treatment goals during involvement with our services. Participants take part in a variety of groups with the goal of helping them learn to manage the problems that may be causing difficulty in their life. The group experience is important to this treatment program, because the feedback creates the opportunity for other group members to gain insight and practical solutions for their individual life circumstances.
Groups take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided daily.
Click here for an informational flyer on Passages
To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact our office at 724-983-5466, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.