The BridgeWay offers a dedicated 24-bed program for the inpatient treatment of children ages 4-12 with behavioral issues. The National Institute for Mental Health reports that mental health is an essential part of overall health for children and adults. For many adults with mental disorders, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and adolescence. For a young person with symptoms of mental disease, the earlier treatment starts, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.
It can be hard to tell if a child’s troubling behavior is just part of growing up or a problem that should be discussed with a mental health professional. Behavioral signs and symptoms that last weeks or months that interfere with the child’s daily life at home and at school, or with friends, may warrant a mental health evaluation.
Warning Signs Among Children, ages 4-12.
Young children may benefit from an evaluation and treatment if they:
Treatment: Our physician-led program addresses the child’s entire wellbeing, including medical, psychiatric, and social needs. We begin by developing an individualized treatment plan which focuses on the identified behavioral challenges of each patient. As such, the program may include a wide variety of evidence-based therapies. Treatment may consist of medication management overseen by the psychiatrist who meets with each patient daily. Therapists meet with each patient daily. The average length of stay is seven days.
Treatment is directed by a psychiatrist-led multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals consisting of:
Patients participate in different elements of the program based on their individual needs, including:
Group Therapy: Led by licensed therapists, there are three structured groups per day consisting of mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Recreational Therapy: Licensed recreational therapists deliver daily programs consisting of group and individual activities designed to develop coping skills necessary to recovery. This form of therapy includes physical exercises and art therapy, including painting, music, and journaling.
Educational Services: In conjunction with each adolescent’s treatment plans, we incorporate education through an on-site school accredited by the Pulaski County Special School District. Our teachers are certified in special education and are experienced in working with students who have emotional problems. We work closely with the home school during the treatment program to transfer credits from our school to minimize the loss of credits or class time.
Family Support: We recognize the importance of family involvement and support in the treatment process, emphasizing family participation through therapy. In addition to structured visitation and phone contact, the program allows patients and their families to work through a crisis, quickly stabilize and return to the appropriate level of care after discharge.
Discharge Planning: The individual’s case coordinator begins discharge planning upon admission by developing goals and plans for a transition to a less intensive level of treatment to include:
We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online. We offer confidential assessments at no-cost on-site or through mobile services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call 800-245-0011. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.