Connections – Extended Inpatient Program for Adolescents

The Connections Program at University Behavioral Center is designed to address the unique treatment issues surrounding teens experiencing emotional difficulties resulting in multiple Baker Act admissions and extensive outpatient interventions with minimal progress. The treatment methodologies and protocols are focused on building safe and functional patterns for coping and enhancing relationships for youth to sustain progress as they increase responsibilities related to reentering the community. Average length of stay in the Connections program is dependent on the determination of each child’s progress and benefit from treatment. An expected length of stay is 3-4 weeks.

Our dedicated staff within our Connections program are trained to engage the complex issues affecting youth and their families.  Issues resulting from managing symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse, self-harming behaviors, relationship difficulties, suicide attempts and thoughts of suicide are common issues our residents deal with. The clinical team includes two board certified child psychiatrists, a licensed therapist and certified addictions professional, behavior analyst, a nursing team and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. The team is trained in techniques of trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention.

Services Provided Include:

  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Nursing Education
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Medication Management
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Activity Therapy
  • Opportunity to attend school or continue school work on-site with Orange County Public Schools

Common Diagnoses and Symptoms Include but are not Limited To:

  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Phobias
  • Aggression
  • Impulsivity
  • Bipolar
  • Co-occurring Issues
  • Grief/Adjustment Issues

Treatment Goals:

  • Reduce inpatient hospitalizations
  • Stabilize medications
  • Develop coping strategies through individualized treatment planning
  • Ensure stability upon discharge
  • Improve social skills
  • Return to school and remain successful in academic environment
  • Improve family relationships