The Outpatient Clinic at The Children’s Center of Hamden provides behavioral health and substance use treatment to children and teens ages 3-18 years of age. Two Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for teens 12-18 years old meet for three hours in the late afternoon after school and enhance the outpatient treatment experience with group therapy sessions. The IOP has successfully helped youth who struggle with anxiety, depression, social concerns, bullying, trauma, grief, anger, problems in school and more. One of the IOPs is for youth whose primary need is a focus on substance use. In addition to the group sessions, youth receive individualized attention from their primary therapist, family therapy and have appointments with the psychiatrist when needed. The IOP provides supper, helps coordinate transportation and accepts most insurances. Renee Hausman, Admissions Director, welcomes youth and family members to call her at 203-248-2116 ext. 308. Renee asks a few questions so she has a better understanding of the concerns and will make recommendations about next steps. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 the clinic requires all youth to wear masks and encourages physical distancing and frequent hand washing. When the weather permits, appointments are held outside.
This article originally appeared on the Hamden Patch