30-Day Child & Adolescent Diagnostic Program
The acute unit at River Park Hospital offers diagnostic services for children & adolescents ages 8 to 17 to determine current psychiatric issues and recommendations for care. The length of stay is no more than 30 days. During the program, patients meet with a psychologist several times a week to complete a spectrum of psychological assessments that will determine current DSM5 diagnoses and the course of treatment to address those issues identified. Each patient is assigned a Utilization Review Case Manager to oversee the course of the evaluation and discuss and plan discharge with parents/guardians.
We develop an individualized treatment plan for the patient on the day of admission to address the results of the initial assessments and provide the necessary care. A Diagnostic Review Meeting (DRM) is scheduled the second to third week of assessment that will provide the MDT members a summary and recommendations. Any mental health issues identified will be treated as necessary by the physician. Patients can meet with the physician twice weekly, but the frequency will vary based on the patient diagnosis.
Throughout their stay, patients will have weekly meetings with a therapist to address psychiatric issues that are uncovered. These are supplemented by nurse management as needed, recreation therapy, and daily therapy sessions to learn new coping skills for the problems they face. They also engage in family therapy sessions as scheduled. We provide educational support services with a state certified teacher who will maintain contact with the home school to prevent the patients from falling behind in their studies.
Youth must be in the custody of the state of WV DHHR and after being accepted for the service, have a court order and MCM1. Patients must have an IQ above 70. IEP and other educational documents may be requested to ensure academic needs are met while patients are in our program. Please note that Autism Spectrum Disorders can be screened for but not fully assessed and diagnosed.
For detailed program or referral information, please contact Jennifer Russell:
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