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psychiatric-institute-of-washingtonThe Basics

Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW) was founded in 1967 in Washington, D.C. as the first free standing psychiatric hospital in the area. In addition to assistance with mental health issues, the organization also offers residential substance abuse treatment to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17.

Accommodations and Food

The inpatient acute adolescent program is run out of PIW’s hospital unit. Although the total number of beds for this program fluctuates based on the needs of PIW’s other residential programs, the adolescent inpatient unit usually has between 10 to 20 beds with each client sharing a room with another client.

The organization serves three meals a day in a cafeteria-style setting. PIW has an on-site chef who prepares the meals and while the food is served from a set menu, some accommodations can be made to help meet dietary needs or restrictions.

The building also has a gym room and a basketball court that clients use regularly to work out in. The hospital is non-smoking but does provide nicotine patches or gum for clients.

Treatment and Staff

The acute adolescent residential program is designed to help stabilize adolescents and usually runs between seven to 14 days total. It admits both court-ordered and voluntary clients.

When clients enter into the residential program, they meet with a counselor to help fully chart out their treatment plan. While in this program, clients regularly participate in group and individual therapy. Counselors use CBT, relapse prevention and psychotherapy. The organization also utilizes art and expressive therapies , as well as self-esteem groups.

While treatment is not 12-step based, counselors can offer clients information on local AA and NA meetings for when they leave treatment. PIW is dual diagnosis and offers individual sessions with a mental health counselor for those with potential co-occurring disorders. The organization also has a medical staff with family nurse practitioners and registered nurses. The counselors consist of LPCs and LCSWs.


Short-term detox services for adult men and women are also available and usually runs three to five days in length.  Upon client’s consent, individual family sessions can also be scheduled.

If clients are attending treatment during the regular academic year, PIW also conducts classroom educational services so they don’t miss any schooling while in treatment.


In Summary

The Psychiatric Institute of Washington provides highly intensive stabilization services for adolescents in the Washington D.C. area. Its classroom services allows clients to attend treatment without disrupting their academic progress and family meetings help involve loved ones in the treatment process. Also, the dual diagnosis capabilities of the organization provide a great deal of support to clients with co-occurring disorders.

Psychiatric Institute of Washington
4228 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

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