Child and Adolescent Program


We help young people ages 5 to 17 — as well as their families — learn to cope with behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health challenges.  We offer services both inpatient and outpatient at our main location.  The team of professionals working with children and adolescents understand that developmental, social, and educational factors all must be taken into consideration when working with this special population.

How will you know your child needs us?

Children and teens with behavioral or emotional problems struggle at school and at home. A mental disorder could be putting obstacles in your child’s way. Mental health problems in children and teenagers are surprisingly common in today’s complicated world. They can interfere with a young person’s development, relationships and daily life. Fortunately, today there are a variety of treatment options that can help keep life in balance. Our experienced professionals offer smart, hopeful solutions in a safe place.

Serious signs

adol2Please don’t ignore these signals that your child may need help!
• Suicidal thoughts/actions
• Drug/alcohol abuse
• Aggressive/destructive behavior
• Self-injury
• Sadness/depression
• Anxiety/confusion
• Change in sleep or appetite
• Losing interest in appearance and friends
• Mood swings/outbursts/tantrums
• Bullying
• Theft, vandalism, truancy
• Withdrawing from friends and activities
• Hallucinations/delusions
• School problems: bad grades, bad behavior, inability to focus, refusal to attend or do school work

We are very fortunate to enjoy a partnership with EPISD to provide special education services for appropriate patients while receiving inpatient treatment.  There are on campus classrooms dedicated to each age group in addition to computer labs available for those who are able to participate in these services.

Children and adolescents attending our outpatient services are provided opportunities to work on classroom assignments from school while in the program and their attendance is reported back to EPISD for further accountability and tracking.

Inpatient Medical Director – Osvaldo Gaytan, MD, PhD; Phil Petrus, PA

Inpatient Program Manager – Michelle Cortez, LPC

Inpatient Nurse Manager – Juliana Messer, RN