Hillsides launches new mental health program for children at its century-old campus in Pasadena – Pasadena Now


Hillsides, a nonprofit, full-service agency with services throughout Los Angeles County, is launching several new programs at its 17-acre residential campus in Pasadena, California. Collectively, these programs will be called HillsidesCares and will include residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children and youth with mental health issues and concurrent disorders.

These new programs, for families with commercial health insurance, will complement Hillsides’ existing line of outpatient programs located throughout the county. “We now offer a full range of behavioral health services, from the most intensive to the less intensive clinical services. Our goal is to provide the exact level of treatment for each young person based on their individual needs,” said Stacey Roth, President and CEO of Hillsides.

The century-old Hillsides campus has long served as a residential care facility for children and youth in the care of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). However, recent legislation mandated by the federal Family First Preventive Services Act emphasizes the use of more family homes of resources for foster children while limiting the use congregate care facilities, such as Hillsides. While this forced Hillsides to significantly reduce its beds for DCFS children, it presented the organization with an opportunity to refocus its facilities and address another looming challenge: the children’s mental health crisis.

Nationally, the flood of teens in mental health crisis has overwhelmed emergency departments and underscored the shortcomings of our pediatric mental health system. The pandemic has fueled concerns about access to adequate care, leaving emergency departments to take on the role of de facto psychiatric crisis units struggling to treat and manage young people who need specialist care.

“The timing could not have come sooner for these new programs as the past two years have really created a shift in children’s mental health due to the pandemic and what was once manageable for families has become unbearable for many. “, said Casey Meinster. , senior clinical director of Hillsides.

The HillsidesCares program will respond to this crisis by providing a full continuum of specialized mental health treatment services for children and youth aged 6-17. “We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment,” Roth said. “Our campus provides the perfect setting for families who need the support and guidance of our exceptional care. We are responding to an important need during one of our country’s most difficult times.

Hillsides is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Based in Los Angeles, the agency serves nearly 17,000 Southern California children and families at more than 40 locations, including school mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoption services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Hillsides has been designated a Trauma-Informed Care Agency by the National Council for Behavioral Health. For information specific to the HillsidesCares program, please visit www.HillsidesCares.org The HillsidesCares Admissions Team can be contacted at 323.316.9830. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit www.Hillsides.org

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