Retreat Healthcare Announces Program Expansions

first_imgRetreat Healthcare announced the expansion of two of its key treatment programs for children and adolescents; The TowerProgram and the Child-Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Services. Bothprograms are moving from their former locations near the main RetreatHealthcare campus to Linden Lodge, with expanded capacity, staffing andresources, in order to better serve the growing needs of this population.The Tower Program is an alternative education program for students whomay be at risk of dropping out or of being asked to leave school due tobehavioral problems. A fully accredited component of the MeadowsEducational Center, the Tower Program blends education, vocationaltraining, life skills training, adventure-based recreation, healtheducation, and self-esteem building activities. Each student receives anindividualized educational plan and a hands-on, small group approach.The Child- Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Services program providesshort-term, intensive psychiatric care for children and adolescents withsevere psychiatric symptoms, behavioral problems, substance abuse and/orsevere developmental delays. According to Vice President of Patient Care,Patricia Perfetto, MSN, RN, “The new space in Linden Lodge provides moreroom for groups and quiet spaces for children along with offices androoms to meet with families of our clients. Family work is an importantcomponent of the program–which is a time-limited alternative tohospitalization for many and a re-entry step from hospital to communityfor others.”The national healthcare industry has been undergoing major economicupheaval in the past several years, impacted by both escalating costs anddiminishing insurance and government resources. Accordingly, RetreatHealthcare has recently undertaken significant efforts to restructure itsoperating systems and reduce costs in administrative and clinical supportareas. Successfully stabilized by these efforts, Retreat Healthcare iscommitted to continuing to address the most critical emerging needs inbehavioral health care.Retreat Healthcare, founded in 1834, is nationally recognized for itspremiere treatment in behavioral healthcare. It is a not-for-profitregional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center,offering a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitativeservices for individuals of all ages. Retreat Healthcare is a member ofthe Ivy League Hospitals network, and serves as a practicum site fornumerous college and university programs, including Smith College Schoolof Social Work, the Universities of Massachusetts and Connecticut, andAntioch New England. With over 400 employees, Retreat Healthcare is oneof Vermont’s largest employers, and, according to Windham CountySenator-elect Rod Gander, “constitutes one of the most important economicfoundations of Windham County.”last_img

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