Target Patient Population
- EMPOWER serves children and adolescents, aged 5-19 years old, and their families.
- EMPOWER is sensitive to multi-cultural and multi-ethnic issues.
- EMPOWER develops bio-psycho-social formulations, which assign patients to customized, standardized, evidence-based multidisciplinary care in the least restrictive setting.
- Patients served are typically within normal range, developmentally.
- Youth with learning disabilities or mild developmental delays are routinely served.
- Clinical presentations may fall into any of the following diagnostic domains:
- Behavior Concerns
- Mood Concerns
- Anxiety Concerns
Scope of Services
EMPOWER Centers provide a broad range of behavioral and mental health services to families. In each of our specialty programs we offer the following services:
- A range of levels of treatment intensity
- Customization of assessment & treatment
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Limited psychological testing
- Individual, family and group therapy
- Targeted, specialized, intervention protocols
- General psychosocial skills training for families
- Medication consultation & management
- Parent counseling and training programs
- Multidisciplinary, coordinated specialty services
- Collaboration with schools, primary care & other health care providers
EMPOWER additionally offers an array of trainings and consultations for provider groups & organizations.
Outpatient Specialty Programs
EMPOWER offers a series of outpatient specialty programs for children and teens aged 5 to 19 years old and their families, focusing on children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. The programs are staffed by child psychiatrists, child psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, and focus on several areas, including a broad range of behavioral, mood and anxiety concerns. The 3 specialty programs include the following:
- Anxiety Program
- Behavior Program
- Mood Program
Routine Outpatient Programs
Each specialty program offers a comprehensive array of outpatient services including diagnostic evaluations, medication consultation and management, and psychological testing, along with individual, group, family and therapy.
Patients who are recommended to the routine outpatient level of care may be presenting for behavioral health services for the first time, or may not yet have been served in a specialty center of excellence, such as EMPOWER.
Generally, patients treated at this level are relatively stable and able to be managed at home, school and in the community, without posing an acute threat of harm to self or others.
Typically, patients served at the routine level participate in at least one therapy session weekly and often are also following up for medication management with a child psychiatrist, at the frequency clinically indicated, ranging from twice monthly to tri-monthly.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Each specialty program offers multiple levels of care or treatment intensity. The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to serve youth with emotional and behavioral concerns, who are stepping down from an inpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program to a lower level of care; it also serves patients who have not responded adequately to routine outpatient treatment.
The program is additionally often well-suited for youth experiencing symptoms who had recently presented for an urgent or emergent psychiatric assessment, but did not require a hospital based treatment.
Typically, patients served at the intensive level participate in at least two-three therapy sessions weekly and often are also following up for medication management with a child psychiatrist, at the frequency clinically indicated, ranging from twice monthly to tri-monthly.