Ingalls Behavioral Health Expands Adolescent Services

Ingalls Behavioral Health Services recently expanded to better meet the needs of all patients, including its adolescent population.

Located in the Wyman-Gordon Pavilion, the program added 20 beds to meet increased patient demand, and now offers occupational, art and music therapies to further enhance treatment.

"As the only inpatient adolescent behavioral health program in the South Suburbs, we want to make sure that we have both the bed capacity and quality of treatment that our patients need to succeed," explains Jeff Bergren, executive director.

The program added two child/adolescent psychiatrists that specialize in treating patients aged 12 to 17 years, as well as a certified teacher.

"We want to ensure they’re better equipped with the proper tools and coping mechanisms they need to be successful once they leave our very structured environment," he said.

A new after-school program allows patients to attend school during the day and receive behavioral care services three days a week from 4 to 6 p.m. The unit also added a certified teacher to help keep inpatients and day-treatment adolescents up to speed on their schoolwork.

"An on-site teacher helps alleviate one more stressor for our adolescent patients – missed schoolwork," adds Rachel Greenspan, LCPC, licensed clinical professional counselor. Area schools work with the unit’s teacher to provide patients with school lessons and assignments.

What’s more, the addition of art and music therapy offers an outlet of expression for patients who may be unable to verbalize their feelings.

"Ingalls Behavioral Health is committed to offering programs and services that target and treat each of our distinct patient populations," Bergren added.

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