Adolescent Treatment Program

atp-2-copyMenninger’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.

Treatment Goals

The goals of treatment are to:
  1. Resolve the immediate crisis and stabilize the patient.
  2. Reduce acute psychiatric symptoms and interrupt addictive and self-destructive behaviors.
  3. Create a treatment plan based on a coherent diagnostic formulation.
  4. Develop and practice effective coping, communication and emotion regulation skills and strategies.
  5. Create a wellness plan that maps the road to recovery and helps teens and their families stay on track post-discharge.

Our Patients

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