Intermountain Hospital Adolescent Program Review
Intermountain Hospital of Boise Idaho provides intensive crisis and inpatient treatment services utilizing individualized and evidence-based therapy methods. Specialized programming is offered to clients between the ages of 12 to 17, and to those who with co-occurring disorders. Detox and short term residential care includes psychoeducation, group and individual therapy, and recreational therapeutic activities.
Accommodations and Food
Intermountain Hospital is a 144-bed building that offers different levels of care. The facility is on 10 acres of land in a campus setting with the adult section separated from the adolescent wing, located in the main hospital building. The facility itself is spacious and decorated in calming, neutral colors. The bedrooms are shared with full beds. There are several bathrooms throughout the wing, many of which have showers, and are shared within the assigned groups. Linens are provided and clients are expected to keep their personal spaces tidy.
There are no personal devices like cell phones or laptops allowed while in treatment, but there is a floor phone that clients can have access to and have free time to call family members on a daily basis. There are also frequent visiting hours allotted every week. The rest of the facility consists of a dining room, classrooms, group therapy spaces, staff offices and lounge areas with couches. There are three meals and snack served every day, and a salad bar is included in the lunch and dinner options.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is offered to clients who are experiencing a crisis related to behavioral health or substance abuse. Depending on what the initial intake assessment determines, clients are placed into one of two programs, called Journeys and CAST (Clean and Sober Teens). Both of these tracks can include a medically monitored detox, or go straight into the inpatient phase. Programs last between three weeks to 28 days and include individualized treatment planning, several daily group therapy sessions and two individual therapy sessions weekly.
Group therapy is CBT based and focuses on the clients making healthy decisions moving forward. Many of the clients receive medication in conjunction with regular therapy and meet weekly with their psychiatrist who monitors their progress. Relapse prevention, coping and life skills, and 12-step meetings are touched on every day, daily journaling and exercise or recreational activities. There are also scheduled hours for clients to attend to school work every day so they don’t fall behind in their studies.
The in addition to the clinical staff at the hospital many of the employees have military training and utilize those skills to help clients deal with feelings of separation and anxiety. Therapy staff includes LCSWs, RN’s, CADCs, medical doctors and caseworkers.
Clients participate in daily recreational activities on campus, exercise regularly and have weekly movie nights.
Family involvement is particularly important in the adolescent treatment program, and there is a weekly parent group session that is available, and continuous attendance is okay even after the client last left treatment. Aftercare planning is also a key component to every client’s treatment that may include continuing on to an outpatient program in the area.
Being a teenager is really hard no matter what the struggles are, and adding the weight of struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders is no picnic. While a hospital setting isn’t ideal, the point of this facility is not to go on vacation. Rather a place to try different treatment solutions that work for each particular client and arm them with skills that can help maintain sobriety.
Intermountain Hospital Location
303 North Allumbaugh
Boise, ID 83704
Intermountain Hospital Adolescent Cost
Detox: $3625 (5 days), $20,300 (28 days). Most insurance accepted. Reach Intermountain Hospital by phone at 208-377-8400. Find Intermountain Hospital on Facebook
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