Now Available at Bergen Regional Medical Center
Board certified child psychiatrists and licensed social workers are available to treat children between the ages of 5-17 for a variety of mental health issues including:
Treatment modalities include: psychiatric and psychosocial assessments, individual, family and group therapy, and support groups for parents. By appointment only, 9 a.m.– 5.pm., Monday-Friday . Call the The Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 1.800.730.2762 for information or appointments.
Bergen Regional Medical Center is designated as one of the eleven Children's Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) inpatient units in New Jersey. The unit provides short-term crisis stabilization within the structure of a behavior therapy treatment milieu program that is focused on the safe and effective treatment of patients ages 5 through 17. The program also includes two subacute level of care beds for those children who require a longer length of stay due to the intensity and nature of their problems.
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient with active involvement of the parents/guardians and other appropriate family members. Each child receives four hours of school daily in addition to participating in a very structured treatment program that includes structured groups, skills groups, recreational therapy and family therapy. Patients are expected to identify a daily specific problem, goal and task list.
The multidisciplinary treatment team of child psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and recreational therapists actively work with the patient on learning and utilizing safe and effective behaviors with the goal of discharge as soon as the patient is no longer considered to be a danger to self or to others.
Discharge planning begins on admission and provides the patient and family with an effective treatment and support program after discharge from the hospital.
An Adolescent Group for Teens 13-17 with a focus on recovering from Alcohol/Drug Abuse/Addiction.
Teen Track is an adolescent recovery/treatment group created within the BRMC Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents between the ages of 13 to 17 who are having difficulties staying clean, straight and sober. The teens have demonstrated an inability to remain “clean” in their school settings and/or in their homes. Many have already been identified in the Court system as “at risk” for more serious offenses. Most of the teens are referred to the Teen Track through the Substance Abuse Counselors, principals, or coaches in their schools or from Family Court Judges.
Teen Track permits an adolescent, with parental permission, to be admitted for a period of four months during which the teen comes for treatment twice a week to Bergen Regional Medical Center. Those treatment days are currently Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Part of the treatment for the teens requires observed urine collection done randomly, education about addiction, learning about “triggers,” building better impulse controls, improving communication, taking responsibility, learning how to say “No” and mean it, doing research as a way to challenge beliefs and become educated. Assignments include writing a paper on a particular topic, debating with peers about topics chosen, and dealing with peer pressure.
Other exciting and dynamic therapies are being evaluated for addition to the program. Download a flyer
Call the Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Access Center assessments are free and confidential.