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FAQs

Does ViewPoint Center provide short-term stabilization care?

Yes, in specific situations. Typically, these situations are limited to when a child is currently in a therapeutic program. In this case, the goal is to stabilize and continue treatment in the referring residential and outdoor wilderness program. A traditional mental hospital for teens often lacks the ability to interface with national professional referral sources.

What are client ages admitted to ViewPoint Mental Hospital for Teens?

We accept patients ages 12-18. We will take patients nearing their 18th birthday as long as they are willing to stay and complete our program.

What is the average length of stay at ViewPoint Center?

Approximately 6 – 7 weeks. In the case of a crisis stabilization, in which the child is returning to a therapeutic program, the length of stay will be shorter.

Q: In addition to comprehensive diagnostic and neurological assessments, does Viewpoint provide treatment, rehabilitation, and related services?

The primary purpose of ViewPoint Center remains to conduct exhaustive assessments and provide therapeutic services. As a mental hospital for teens, we monitor how the resident responds to individual, group, and family therapy, along with his/her response to the therapeutic milieu, classroom setting, and activities offered at ViewPoint Center.

Everything becomes part of the overall, integrated assessments, which provide the data for the comprehensive prescriptive protocols, one of the key features of ViewPoint.

Is treatment at ViewPoint Center comparable to or a good substitute for wilderness therapy?

No. ViewPoint Center will not replace wilderness program services. ViewPoint is a mental hospital for teens and can be used by wilderness programs when specific needs cannot be met by the scope of such programs. ViewPoint is dedicated Assessment, Treatment, and Transition: Our Students typically have complex psychiatric issues or medical issues that need to be understood before going to treatment, or there are problematic behaviors that make wilderness therapy not an option at the current time. Our students and families leave ViewPoint with a clearer understanding of what issues are affecting growth and progress along with a plan for how to help the student improve and succeed moving forward.

What is meant by “Prescriptive Protocols?”

Traditional psychosocial workups are primarily geared to assess the cognitive and affective strengths and weaknesses of an individual. Adding to such assessments will not only widen the diagnostic picture of the child, but also indicate how such needs may be best addressed. Prescriptive protocols are “road signs” or “road maps” of qualitative and quantitative comprehensive services that help the child, professionals, and other caregivers to identify the best available environment for a return to a more functional lifestyle.

What diagnostic and assessment services are offered at the Assessment Center?

Depending on the known and emerging psycho-social issues that the child is presenting, certain “core” and “optional” diagnostic and neurological assessment services will be offered.  These may include psychiatric, psychosocial, behavioral, and medical assessments, depending on need.

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Stabilization

ViewPoint Center offers safe facilities where our clients can stabilize and rebalance. While not every client needs this step, for those who do, our Medical Team determines how well medications are working and the potential side effects of each medication separately. Once our clients are stabilized we can start the assessment and treatment process.

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Assessment

Assessment is about clarifying diagnosis. We begin using a range of assessment tests. We continue with individual and group therapy as well as residential and academic activities designed to give a more comprehensive and clearer assessment.

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Diagnosis

Nearly 75% of students entering ViewPoint are misdiagnosed. Our diagnoses are focused on a full medication evaluation, diagnostic assessment, and then continual reassessment. Our comprehensive approach and team environment offers a crystal clear picture of how to help your child get a clear plan going forward.

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Treatment

We work exclusively with teens aged 12 – 18  in a unique, individualized setting. Typically patients stay 5-6 weeks. The length of stay allows us to create a substantive diagnostic plan that best fits the patients needs for future success.

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