Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Colorado launches new psychiatric residential treatment program for children, adolescents
Westminster, Colo. – March 8, 2022 – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Colorado today announced it has launched a new psychiatric residential treatment program for children and adolescents, ages 9 to 17, with significant emotional and behavioral challenges.
Devereux Colorado is one of two providers selected by the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Welfare to provide long-term, therapeutic and educational care for youth at its licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) in Westminster, Colo.
“We are excited to partner with the state of Colorado to offer this program to youth who require intensive services,” said Devereux Colorado Executive Administrator Bonnie Wright, MBA. “These are individuals who have not responded to treatment in lower levels of care or existing facilities, or have been unable to access appropriate placements. Our highly skilled team of behavioral health professionals will provide one-on-one-support to help children and adolescents achieve their social, emotional and educational goals.”
Providing individualized care
Devereux Colorado staff will work closely with youth and families to develop treatment plans that build on each individual’s strengths, needs and preferences. All services will be provided using an evidence-based, family-focused and collaborative approach.
The treatment team will be comprised of a unit manager, psychiatrist, master’s-level clinician, case coordinator, direct support professionals, nursing staff and dietary staff. A full continuum of care will be offered, including individual, group and family therapy, as well as educational and recreational services.
“Working in coordination with the state, our ultimate goal is to help the individuals we serve transition to a less restrictive level of care within the community,” Wright explained. “We want youth to gain the skills necessary to regulate their emotions, communicate effectively and form safe, sustainable relationships. We believe each child and adolescent, regardless of their life circumstances is unique and valuable, and deserves an opportunity to heal, learn and grow in a compassionate, supported and inclusive environment tailored to meet their needs.”
About Devereux Colorado
Founded in 1943, Devereux Colorado is the state’s premier facility for the treatment of psychiatric, emotional and behavioral differences in children and adolescents – ages 7 to 21. Located in Westminster, Devereux Colorado provides comprehensive care for youth in the areas of campus-based and short- and long-term intensive residential programs; a school-based day treatment program; and community-based services. Community-based services, offered throughout the Denver metro area, include: medication management, intensive home-based services, outpatient services and supported employment for adults with intellectual and development disabilities. www.devereuxco.org.
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the organization operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families – every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement.
With more than 7,500 employees working in programs across the nation, Devereux is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health and child welfare. Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: assessments; interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. www.devereux.org.
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