Adolescent Treatment Program

What to Expect

Whether you’re a parent looking for a stabilization and assessment program for a teen in distress or you’re the teen in question, it’s important to know what you can expect from the Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) and what we expect of you as well.

Upon Arrival

Upon arrival at Menninger, the patient will:
  • Meet with members of the clinical team and participate in an in depth initial interview with the psychiatrist and social worker.
  • Have a physical, which is performed by The Clinic’s internist.
  • Receive the ATP Handbook and program schedule.
  • Meet with the Research team to discuss participation in Menninger’s outcomes project.
  • Be assigned a room and a roommate.
  • Have belongings assessed for safety.
Upon arrival, the patient's family will be encouraged to participate in a Family Orientation session so that they can learn about the evidence-based practices we use and what to expect from the treatment process.

First Days

In the first days after admission, patients can expect to:
  • Be assigned a peer buddy within 24 hours of admission.
  • Begin attending psychoeducational groups right away.
  • Start psychological testing, and, if warranted, neuropsychological testing.
Most patients settle in and begin making new friends within a few days of admission, but it’s not unusual for some to be homesick. We’re prepared to help both patient and parent manage this normal reaction. We encourage patients to bring items from home that they may find comforting, like blankets or photos, and we ask parents to let us know in advance if they anticipate an intense experience of separation.

While in the Adolescent Treatment Program

During hospitalization:
  • Patients are allowed to call home, although cell phones, laptops, tablets and iPods are not allowed, unless required for educational purposes.
  • Patients will do their own laundry with help from staff, if needed.
  • Patients are expected to adhere to ATP’s program schedule.
  • Patients and their families will participate in a diagnostic conference two-three weeks after admission. During the conference, members ofthe clinical team meet with the parents of the adolescent, typically in person but often via teleconference, and present their clinical findings and detailed treatment recommendations. Follow-up meetings are often necessary to complete the process. The team psychologist or psychiatrist delivers the same information to the patient in an age-appropriate way.
  • Patients and their families will collaborate with the treatment team to develop a comprehensive discharge plan, which includes a comprehensive wellness plan. The discharge plan may include a recommendation for residential treatment; if this is the case, the team will recommend what it sees as the most beneficial therapeutic interventions and support the family throughout the placement process.
  • ATP offers an on-site academic coordinator who helps coordinate academic resources so that teens can continue their education while at Menninger. ATP will also make specific recommendations for academic interventions when needed. In addition, our team will work with parents and the child’s school to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom.
  • Patients can take advantage of the many amenities we offer, including a café that serves Starbucks® coffee, saltwater pool, impressive gym facilities, labyrinth, meditation garden and more. To get a comprehensive look at our campus, take our virtual tour.