New programs in West Allis, Nashville, Minneapolis and Philadelphia07/06/17 05:27:pm
It’s been a busy time for Rogers teams expanding services and meeting the needs of patients and families.
In addition to the new location in Philadelphia on June 5, a few other programs started recently:
A new residential Adolescent Recovery Program opened in West Allis on July 3, the first Rogers residential program outside Oconomowoc. Adolescents age 12 to 17 now have an extended, intensive treatment option when facing the dual diagnoses of mental health and substance use disorders. The unit has a capacity of eight beds with plans to increase to 12. Teens receive comprehensive, evidence-based therapies to address substance use as well as existing mental health challenges that are often at the root of alcohol or drug misuse. Experiential therapy activities and addiction education complement a strong cognitive behavioral therapy approach.
“Our current services for teens with a dual diagnosis have proven to be valuable,” says Azhar M. Yunus, MD, the Adolescent Recovery Program’s medical director who is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine. “This new program at West Allis brings a more intensive level of care for patients who need that additional time in treatment.” Dr. Yunus is part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team including a psychologist, behavioral therapists, residential counselor, nurse and experiential therapists.
Nashville added programming on June 27 for young adults with mood disorders, broadening the spectrum of ages being treated. The FOCUS Mood Disorders partial hospital program offers specialized outpatient care for young adults age 18 to 30 facing depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. It complements a similar intensive outpatient program for teens age 12 to 17 which opened in March.
Minneapolis opened a new program on June 21 for kids and teens with eating disorders. The Eating Disorder partial hospital program for children ages 8 to 18, brings an in-depth approach using cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) and parent involvement. Julie Lesser, MD, a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, joined Rogers Behavioral Health in January as the program physician. She has more than 10 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders, most recently at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Dr. Lesser will collaborate with a team including a psychologist, behavioral specialist, nurse, dietitian, therapist, and experiential therapist as they guide patients through the treatment process.