It is not uncommon for children or teenagers to struggle with mental health issues. Cedar Springs Hospital in Colorado Springs offers a program to help treat these issues. The Mountain View Place Program is a *TRICARE®-Certified child and adolescent, psychiatric residential treatment program designed to treat and stabilize generalized behavior and mental health disorders. Such disorders include but are not limited to depression, mood disorders, oppositional defiance, post traumatic stress disorders, anger management trauma intervention, specialized family and caregiver services and substance abuse disorders. The treatment team—comprised of board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, master’s level therapists, registered or licensed practical nurses and experienced mental health technicians—allows for a comprehensive treatment approach and the highest quality of care for the patient and his or her family. While in treatment, all residents attend the on-grounds nationally accredited school.
Children and adolescents are most likely to make changes when they become therapeutically engaged in the treatment process and establish healthy relationships. These opportunities are best provided when programs provide consistency with a balance of positive reinforcement and therapeutic limit setting. It is also our belief that success most often occurs when support systems (families, juvenile justice professionals, and others) are intensively involved in the treatment process to enhance existing relationships and increase the likelihood for permanent change. As the child or adolescent participates in the program he or she will develop the skills and competencies necessary for behavioral self-control. Emphasis is placed on teaching and modeling skills which enable the child or adolescent to establish and maintain positive relationships. Therapeutic interventions address building self-esteem, developing effective coping mechanisms, establishing personal boundaries, accepting personal responsibility, and problem solving skills.