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Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Hospital

Florida Psychiatric Specialty HospitalDevereux Florida’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Hospital offers a professional therapeutic environment for children and adolescents facing significant emotional, behavioral and intellectual/developmental challenges.  Located in Brevard County, in the town of Viera just 45 minutes east of the Orlando International Airport and west of the Melbourne International Airport, our beautiful 55 acre Viera Camps offers a serene setting with tropical landscaping, lakefront views, a swimming pool and playground-in a climate suitable to enjoy outdoor activities. The psychiatric specialty hospital provides 100 beds, and offers two residential programs: The Intensive Residential Treatment Center (IRTC) and the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Program. Through these residential treatment programs, the Viera Campus includes a total of six residential units and the Devereux School, accredited by AdvancED™.

Intensive Residential Treatment Center (IRTC)

The Intensive Residential Treatment Center (IRTC) at the Devereux Florida Viera Campus provides services for children and adolescents between the ages of five to 19.  Our highly experienced multidisciplinary team helps clients diagnosed with affective disorders and psychosis, along with those who have experienced a history of trauma, and emotional challenges.  The Viera Campus IRTC Program offers three separate residential housing units, each a secure setting for the treatment of severely emotionally, behaviorally and psychiatrically troubled youth as well as youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD Program)

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Program provides services for individuals between the ages of five and 19.  This program provides services for individuals who have the existence of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.  In addition to being identified with an intellectual/developmental disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder, the individuals also have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder as identified on Axis I.  Individuals typically display a wide range of challenging behaviors including aggression, property destruction, severe tantrum behavior, self-injurious behavior, run away problems, and difficulty following directions reliably.  The individuals admitted to the program display clear deficits in adaptive and social functioning. 

The I/DD Program is aimed at providing children and adolescents with the supports, training and skills essential in attaining a successful discharge to a less restrictive setting.  Treatment focuses on increasing independence in all settings using positive approaches.  The program attempts to create real world experiences in a structured setting to maximize teachable moments.  Our I/DD Program offers small staff to patient ratio (1:4) for the best treatment outcome.

Treatment Model

Our treatment model is based on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) curriculum, emphasizing the importance of providing individuals with options to make positive choices. PBIS, in addition to Devereux’s unique training methods, provide children and adolescents with opportunities to develop their strengths and learn how to manage their behavior. Multidisciplinary teams led by the psychiatrist, therapist and behavior analyst work in collaboration to support positive change.

We believe that through the use of the PBIS methodology, our clinicians and paraprofessional staff will be able to treat children and adolescents more effectively and efficiently while returning them to their communities as soon as possible. Further, we are able to provide children and adolescents with an enhanced skill set which, improving their coping skills and reducing the recidivism rate.

At the heart of Devereux’s philosophy is a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, providing patients with extraordinary attention based on their individual diagnosis and medical needs.  The term “multidisciplinary” is used frequently today in describing the ideal care for patients.  It simply means that a patient can obtain the opinion of a team of medical specialist working together to provide individualized diagnoses, assessments and treatment options. 

We have multiple specialists in each discipline.  A common multidisciplinary team includes behavior analysts, specialized therapists, educators, medical staff (including 24 hour nursing and supervision, two full time on-site psychiatrists, a neuropsychologist as well as a pediatric physician and endocrinologist) and direct care professionals.  All strive to provide an integrated approach to teaching, modeling and reinforcing appropriate behavior. 

The Viera Campus

The Viera Campus offers several treatment and support services for our residents. For more information about the Viera Campus, please click here.

The Viera Campus - Devereux Florida

Contact Us

For additional information or to make a referral, please call the Central Referral Unit at 1.800.DEVEREUX (800.338.3738) ext. 77130 or email referral@devereux.org.