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Mental health treatment focuses on addressing the symptoms of a mental disorder via therapy and medication while helping teens develop the skills needed to cope with symptoms in the long-term. A mood or anxiety disorder does not go away after treatment, and teens and families who come to Visions and work with our staff understand that an important part of treating a mental health disorder is to develop the tools to live with it, seek out support, and continuously strive for improvements in quality-of-life.

An important part of the journey is the Teen Transitional Living Program aspect – the transition from treatment to normal living. Visions offers extended care through our Teen Transitional Living Program, which focuses on an in-depth experience built to walk teens through all crucial stages of the treatment process, from therapy and medication management to developing important coping mechanisms, lesson planning, continuing care, family and peer support, and reintroduction into normal, social living.

Teen Extended Care & Transitional Living Program: Objectives and Goals

Our teen extended care and transitional living program helps adolescents ages 13 to 17 transition back to daily life after mental health or dual diagnosis treatment. With a minimum length-of-stay of 90 days, this is a longer program focusing on both immediate behavioral and mental health concerns, as well as a framework for continuing care after the program ends. Through our Teen Transitional Living Program, we aim to:

  • Medication management and therapeutic care (family therapy, DBT-informed programing, individual counseling)
  • Symptomatic-based experiential treatments, from art and music therapy to neurotherapy and EMDR
  • Identifying effective coping mechanisms and strategies
  • Continuing education via accelerated learning, ACT/SAT preparation and college planning
  • The continuum of care through recovery community support groups, 12-Steps, and more
  • Ensuring teens health and safety via night staff, round-the-clock crisis intervention teams and property security


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    The Journey After Treatment

    An essential part of our teen extended care & transitional living program is ensuring teens are prepared for the future. Continuing care is an integral part of addressing a teen’s mental health because mood and anxiety disorders are often chronic and recurring. We work with teens and their families to find support groups, events, and communities to help them engage with others regularly, feel at home with new and old friends, and feel accepted by their relatives and loved ones. Some of the perks of our extended care program focusing intently on providing continuing care include:

    • Collaborative recovery aftercare planning
    • Alumni fellowship and regularly scheduled meetups and events
    • Helping teens identify high-risk relapse behaviors and situations
    • Developing a support network of close friends and loved ones
    • Ongoing psychiatric and pharmacological help by referral
    • Establishing a network of helpful services within the community

    At Visions Treatment Centers, we also encourage teens to self-select treatment goals to help them define their path toward personal growth throughout the program and find ways to explore interests and vocations they might never have considered in the past. An essential part of ongoing care is avoiding falling back on old habits. By working with friends and family, we make sure our extended care program leaves a lasting impression on a teen’s life and helps them continue to carry the lessons and tools they acquire during the program forward throughout their lives.