Intermountain Residential is one of about a dozen programs in the nation that provide long-term behavioral health treatment for kids under 10, according to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. It’s one of the only options for kids as young as 4. Long-term treatment programs like the one Intermountain offers are often a last resort for families. “We are seeing a lot of long-term facilities moving to what they call the short-term, intensive outpatient. You’re able to get insurance money easier,” Megan Stokes, until recently executive director of NATSAP, explained. Stokes said she knows of 11 long-term programs for kids 14 and younger that have shifted to offering only shorter stays, of 30 to 90 days.
Read the full article: It’s Getting Harder to Find Long-Term Residential Behavioral Health Treatment for Kids //