Menninger’s Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) is a stabilization and assessment program for adolescents ages 12-17 who have psychiatric disorders or co-occurring disorders, that is, a psychiatric disorder coupled with substance abuse or dependence. The program has 16 beds.
With its wide-ranging clinical expertise, the program’s interdisciplinary treatment team
stabilizes acute symptoms to help identify core issues and determine next steps in treatment. The team offers in-depth assessments when an adolescent’s diagnosis is unclear or when a second opinion is needed. The team administers a broad battery of diagnostic tests, and neuropsychological testing is also available.
Life is now worth fighting for, and I value every second of it. former ATP patient
The team seeks a broad understanding of your child's problems through psychological and neuropsychological testing, brain imaging, genetic testing and other laboratory measures, if necessary. Specialized, on-site consultation, when appropriate, addresses both addictions
or substance abuse, pain and eating-disorder behaviors
While the average length of stay is two to four weeks, some patients come to ATP only for a two-week diagnostic and stabilization track.
The goals of treatment are to:
- Resolve the immediate crisis and stabilize the patient.
- Reduce acute psychiatric symptoms and interrupt addictive and self-destructive behaviors.
- Create a treatment plan based on a coherent diagnostic formulation.
- Develop and practice effective coping, communication and emotion regulation skills and strategies.
- Create a wellness plan that maps the road to recovery and helps teens and their families stay on track post-discharge.
Most patients have at least one diagnosis, predominantly mood, anxiety or emerging personality disorder diagnoses. Substance abuse issues are not uncommon.
The most common diagnoses are:
- Major depression
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Eating disorder
- Alcohol and/or marijuana abuse
- ADHD and learning disorder