Grant Supports Adolescent Behavioral Health Program

September 20, 2019

A $3.2 million grant will help Hyland Behavioral Health Center at Mercy Hospital South and Edgewood Behavioral Health at Mercy Hospital St. Louis to continue to care for teens in need of mental health care.

St. Louis County’s Children’s Service Fund awarded a 30 month grant to benefit Mercy’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program treats patients ages 12 to 19 years old who exhibit behavioral, psychiatric and emotional issues that interfere with their psychological, emotional, social and academic well-being. Adolescents typically are referred to the IOP after suffering a serious mental health incident.

Behavioral issues can range from issues with school, issues with peers, and social anxieties, to drug and alcohol abuse, defiance of authority figures, and suicidal thoughts.

A team of caregivers, which includes a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, psychiatric technician, registered nurse, supervisor and education coordinator, provides the IOP services. The team works closely with parents and schools to provide comprehensive mental health treatment along with family support to ensure positive long-term outcomes.

The Children’s Service Fund grant will assist families with insurance in paying for copays and deductibles and will allow families without insurance to attend the program free of charge.

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