Our caring medical staff is available at all times to ensure the safety and well being of our patients. Peninsula Hospital is one of the few facilities in the area that can accept involuntary commitments.
Adolescent Inpatient Program
Hundreds of concerned parents call Peninsula for help each year. Our professionals work hard to evaluate each situation and recommend the most appropriate, least restrictive form of treatment. Some adolescents, however, may require inpatient hospital care to interrupt their self-destructive behavior.
Many adolescents are admitted for depression and mood swings, some have run away from home resulting in periods of time when parents didn’t know where he was or what he was doing. Others suffer from severe emotional problems resulting in abnormal sleeping and eating habits or hostile behavior.
By utilizing a team approach, Peninsula’s professional staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and activities therapists begins to address the adolescent’s behavior while searching for underlying factors.
Peninsula Hospital’s Adolescent Inpatient Program includes a “levels system” for defining patient responsibilities and privileges, as well as rules, regulations and expectations of behavior. We create a strongly structured program for adolescents so we can immediately interrupt their negative behavior and conduct a thorough assessment. Peninsula’s staff then develops a comprehensive treatment outline and implements a continuing care plan. In some specific circumstances a referral for longer-term residential care may be made to Peninsula Hospital’s Basic Skills Unit.
Adolescents usually begin to make progress while at Peninsula Hospital, but parents should not expect them to be “cured” upon discharge. Typically, an adolescent’s hospital stay is a crucial step, but it is quite brief in length. So, we recommend continuing care in an Outpatient Program.
Parents, teachers, and other adults who work with young people know that adolescents and children have different developmental issues. That is why Peninsula has developed separate treatment programs for children. These programs are designed for children who suffer from a learning disability/attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems or emotional difficulties stemming from a divorce, loved one’s death, or other major stress factors. And, unfortunately many of the children we treat have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused. Too often, children’s emotional and behavioral problems do not get better by themselves, but actually get worse if left untreated. Our programs are designed to provide professional help, identify necessary resources and increase the chances of a better quality adolescence and adulthood.