Compass Program for Young Adults

The Menninger Clinic's Compass Program for Young Adults (Compass) serves young adults, ages 18 to 30, who are having problems managing the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This inpatient treatment program lasts six to eight weeks.


Many of our patients have made previous attempts at treatment but have been unable to make progress or sustain previous gains. The Menninger team works with each patient to determine what stands in the way of progress and develops a path for sustained improvement. Compass patients learn to take responsibility for their problems, learn new coping skills and build greater confidence in moving toward functioning adulthood.

I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Menninger. - former Compass Program patient

Who We Treat
The Houston-based program is designed for young adults who struggle with one or more mental health issues, especially those co-occurring with addiction or substance abuse, including:
  • Mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Gender identity and sexual issues
  • Emerging personality disorders such as borderline and narcissistic
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Dysfunctional reactions to developmental and life problems
  • Self-harm behavior such as cutting
  • Past suicide attempts or ideation
  • Self-esteem issues

Young Adults with Addictions Too

Approximately half of Menninger’s Compass patients also suffer from an addiction to or dependence on drugs, alcohol, gambling, spending or technology. Throughout the specialty inpatient program, an addiction counselor treats these young adult patients from admission through discharge. Our addiction counselor is a member of the Compass team so that we can integrate treatment simultaneously rather than treating the disorder and addiction in a separate or sequential manner.
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