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Center for Adolescents

My daughter says her Silver Hill family gave her hope and courage to open her heart and let her light shine on again.
- Karen
Because teens have needs that are different from adults

Because teens and adults have different needs we provide separate programs and facilities within the Silver Hill campus so we can focus on the unique requirements of each of these age groups.

Our Center for Adolescents offers treatment for teens, ages 13 – 17, who may be struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and co-occurring self-harming behaviors, eating disorders or substance use disorders. All patients are under the care of a highly motivated and specially trained professional staff committed to enhancing the mental health of teens and families in crisis.

All treatment is provided in a warm, supportive, homelike atmosphere designed to promote healing and recovery. And the level of care the patient receives is tailored to their level of need. From inpatient, to transitional living to intensive outpatient programs, we provide all on one campus.

We work hard at the Center to establish a collaborative relationship with each of our patients, their families and their clinicians in the community. We build on these connections to help each patient and their families achieve a meaningful and lasting life course correction.

Our core values at the Center are:

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Family-centered care
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Safe and positive therapeutic environment
  • Scholarly clinical excellence
  • Best possible outcome
What we treat

The conditions we treat at the Center include:

Depression
Persistent feelings of pervasive sadness, hopelessness and helplessness that interfere with thinking and daily activities.
Anxiety disorders
The persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
Self-harm
The intentional and repeated physical harm of oneself.
Eating disorders
A range of disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
Substance use disorders
The compulsive or difficult-to-control use of drugs or alcohol despite negative or harmful consequences.
When you suffer from more than one disorder

Many of our young patients have more than one diagnosis. These “co-occurring disorders” require a special understanding and corresponding treatment. Co-occurrence may be a combination of a variety of disorders. There may be a combination of depression and substance use, for example, or anxiety combined with an eating disorder.

Because Silver Hill is a true psychiatric hospital, we are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care for patients who need treatment for more than one disorder.

How we treat

Treatment at the Adolescent Center is designed to cooperatively, compassionately and systematically help teens and families in need of care. Treatment is overseen by a board-certified adolescent psychiatrist and begins with a diagnostic assessment that forms the basis of a treatment plan. Patient-focused, evidence-based treatment can include:

Medical Detoxification
Medically supervised treatment designed to safely eliminate intoxicating or addictive substances from the body.
Pharmacologic Therapies
The use of medications in the treatment of mental health disorders.
Individual and Group Counseling
Counseling provided one-to-one and in groups.
Structured Treatment Environment
Living in a supportive environment in which you can constructively apply the skills you are learning to achieve your treatment goals.

The cornerstone of treatment in the Center’s transitional living and intensive outpatient programs is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a highly-structured form of behavioral therapy that was designed to provide the skills necessary to regulate emotions, control destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relations. “Dialectical” refers to the integration of opposites, in this case finding balance between acceptance and change. DBT helps you accept distress in life by providing tools to make positive behavioral changes and feel at peace with your reality.

Where we treat

When you come to Silver Hill for treatment, you can expect a safe environment that promotes healing and recovery. We offer three levels of care that correspond with each patient’s level of need.

Adolescents can be admitted to the inpatient unit for crisis management and stabilization.

After this initial phase of treatment, patients can move on to our transitional living program, where they reside on campus in a house that is staffed 24-hours a day with DBT-trained personnel.

The third level of care is intensive outpatient for teens who live at home and come to Silver Hill for therapy led by our DBT specialists.

Educational services

We want to limit the disruption of academic progress for adolescents during their stay with us. Time is set aside each day for school work under the guidance of a certified teacher. With the family’s permission, our teacher will communicate with professionals at the school. Specialized support for academic areas such as foreign languages, higher level sciences, and advanced placement classes is available from private tutors for an additional fee.

Fees for treatment

Inpatient treatment
Inpatient treatment is generally covered by health insurance. Silver Hill Hospital participates in the following insurance or behavioral health managed care organizations:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Plans other states
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • Magellan Behavioral Health (Yale employees)
  • Managed Health Network
  • Medicare
  • TRICARE
  • United Health Care/Oxford Health Plans/Optum
  • Value Options
  • Yale Health Plan (Yale students)

Transitional Living Program
Transitional living programs are not typically covered by health insurance plans, and are most often a direct expense for patients or their families. Some insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost. Our staff will help you determine whether you may have benefits that will allow coverage for this program and, if you do, we will seek authorization from your insurance company to use your benefit.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Silver Hill Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Programs are generally covered by participating health plans. Our staff will check your insurance to determine whether you have benefits that will allow coverage for this program and, if you do, we will seek authorization from your insurance company to use your benefits.

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For your reference

To learn more about our range of programs in the Adolescent Center please download our brochure.

Let’s get started.

Allow us to help you get better. Contact us today to find out which program might be right for you, or to begin the process of arranging for treatment.

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1 (866) 542 4455

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