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When your child needs more support

Bend's Acute Stabilization Program is for ages 8-25 and is specifically designed to address the challenges of severe depression and anxiety.

Sometimes referred to as intensive outpatient therapy, Bend's Acute Stabilization is a higher level of support with more frequent interventions than typical, weekly treatment.

Get intensive support, continue with daily life.
It is critical to continue to work, attend school and engage in social activities with friends and family during recovery. Bend's Acute Stabilization Programs allows you to do this, while receiving the necessary focused care.

Bend's intensive care program lasts an average of six to twelve weeks, based on your child's needs.

Acute stabilization means support for:

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Coping skill building

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Post-emergency department visit care

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Step-down from inpatient care or partial hospitalization (PHP)

What to expect

Group Therapy Sessions
Fostering a sense of community and understanding among peers, three days per week for three hours.

Individual Therapy

Tailored one-on-one support to address personal challenges one hour each week.

Family Involvement
Engaging families in the healing process through education and communication strategies.

Skill Building
Equipping teens with practical tools for emotional regulation, stress management, and positive decision-making.

Clinical techniques

This intensive therapeutic program uses evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and group therapy sessions, facilitated in a supportive and understanding environment.

Bend is with you every step of the journey

Upon completion, you can easily transition and continue weekly outpatient care with Bend.  This could include coaching, therapy, and medication management.

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The Acute STabilization Program is currently offered only for 8-25 year olds.

At this time, Bend is not in-network with California Medicaid plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

about Bend's Acute Stabilization Program

Who can benefit from the Acute Stabilization Program?

Kids, teens, and young adults aged 8-25 experiencing depression, anxiety, or related emotional and behavioral challenges that are too severe or not appropriately treated with once weekly outpatient care.  This includes individuals who have recently been discharged from a higher level of care (such as an inpatient hospitalization) or need more than just traditional therapy.

How long does the program last?

The duration of our program varies based on individual needs but, typically lasts 6-12 weeks.

What’s the difference between an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Acute Stabilization?

Although the times and structure are similar to a traditional intensive outpatient program, Bend’s Acute Stabilization Program is set apart by the breadth of resources available outside of those hours.  When enrolled in our Program, you will have access to a suite of videos and activities to use at your convenience to continue treatment throughout the day and receive support during those times outside of program hours.  Additionally, we offer the ability to seamlessly transition care into our outpatient treatment, continuing with a coach, therapist, and psychiatric provider if you choose.

Does Bend Acute Stabilization offer medication management?

Psychiatrists are available for medication management on an additional, as needed basis.

Why virtual care for Acute Stabilization?

Virtual care has been proven to be just as effective as traditional in-person care for a wide-variety of mental health disorders.  Additionally most families find the convenience of virtual care means less time required traveling to and from treatment.

Do you take insurance for Bend Acute Stabilization?

We are able to work with your health insurance company to request coverage for single case agreements and plan to expand to more insurance providers shortly. We do offer cash pay rates as well.

Unfortunately, at this time Bend's Acute Stabilization services are not covered by Medicaid.

How are the days structured?

The program has nine hours of groups per week over three days based on evidence-based guidelines to allow for increased support compared to standard outpatient treatment, along with fostering connections between peers and therapists.  This is structured as follows:

  1. Check-in and check-out
    a. To both assess for safety and guide that day’s treatment
  2. Sessions/workshops
    a. Psycho-education regarding diagnosis and various psychology concepts
    b. Learning coping skills to manage stress and emotional dysregulation
    c. Skill-building activities to practice and retain what was learned
    d. Process feelings related to events that have occurred throughout the week
    e. Experiential therapies including art, yoga, and mindfulness
  3. One hour individual therapy session
  4. 30 min family session weekly or one hour every two weeks

How many patients are in a group?

Groups average six to 10 patients.  If the group size increases past eight, then skill-building portions are broken into smaller groups for more focused attention.

Is family therapy required?

It is your choice!  But we encourage it for the best long-term outcomes.

What if we decide to continue therapy elsewhere after finishing the program?

If you decide to transition your care to another team, we will provide all essential documentation to ensure they are fully informed about your treatment journey.