Newport News Behavioral Health Center offers programs to address the mental health needs of adolescents, ages 11 to 18. Our residents may have mental health issues, sexually aggressive behaviors or substance use with an underlying complex trauma. Our well-trained staff of caring professionals creates an environment in which growth can occur.
The clinical team consists of therapists who are either licensed or under supervision for a license. The clinical team also includes licensed professional counselors, certified substance abuse counselors and certified sex offender treatment professionals. This group has the oversight of a psychiatrist that is board certified in adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine.
We provide a psychiatric residential treatment program for males and females ages 11 to 18, within a secure environment. The treatment team helps them explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors so they can develop positive behaviors within their homes and communities.
The residential treatment center staff provides acute care based on the different stages of development for males and females. The program for males is based on Erick Erikson’s research into adolescent development. The program for females is based on Mindy Bingham’s theories on the development of adolescent females.
We also provide acute inpatient programs for children and adolescents. These acute inpatient programs are designed for patients whose psychiatric symptoms cause them to experience a state of crisis. The goal is to help them deescalate so they may return home or to a lesser level of care.
All of our programs utilize specific steps to encourage the resident’s growth to the appropriate level of development. The goal of our treatment programs is to promote positive social development to allow the residents to live independent lives.
Discharge planning begins at admission. The treatment team will work directly with the guardian and referral agency to create a treatment plan and discharge plan. The goal is to help the resident learn new coping skills by the time of discharge. The chance to practice these skills in the community is an important part of the discharge process.
After discharge, therapists work with the guardian and referral source to identify aftercare services that may lead to continued success. The guardian will be encouraged to have appointments set up in the community prior to discharge. The therapist completes the continuum of care document and gives it to the person overseeing the return to the home setting.
Newport News Behavioral Health Center provides behavioral health treatment services to children and adolescents in a therapeutic environment. If your child is struggling with behavioral or emotional issues, please call us at 757-888-0400 or use our online form.
Licensed professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide confidential, no-cost assessments. In case of a medical emergency, please dial 911 or seek the nearest emergency room right away.