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New Perspectives - Oct, 1998 Issue #54


(Behavioral Care Health Systems)
Dana Point, California
George P. Condas, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Opening January 12, 1998, The Adolescent Transitional Center is a new residential complement to Capistrano By The Sea’s existing psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment programs for adolescents. It “is for those adolescents who do not currently require inpatient treatment, but who need more structure than an outpatient program.”

It is “a licensed adolescent psychiatric program with a locked 16 bed step-down component ... which meets and exceeds State licensing requirements for an acute treatment program. This program is not licensed as a residential treatment (RTC) program.”

“Adolescents can be admitted directly into the Center or transferred to it from an inpatient program.... The multidisciplinary treatment team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric nurses, CD counselors, a registered dietitian, social workers, and activity therapists.... For the parent, our Adolescent Transitional Center offers training and education in effective parenting skills, multifamily therapy and support, and individual family therapy. Successful discharge to home and community is the primary goal of treatment.”

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