BRIEF, INTENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN CRISIS
Meet the Team
Services & Treatments
The Child Partial Hospitalization Program, a service of Baystate Medical Center, offers a full range of psychiatric services within a highly-structured setting:
- Providing an alternative to full hospitalization for children and adolescents.
- Serve as a transition from inpatient care to less intensive outpatient care.
Who is the program for?
Designed for children and adolescents in need of crisis intervention and stabilization, with the goal of increasing their level of functioning while maintaining important community connections.
Staff members work closely with families, schools, community clinicians and involved agencies to keep children and adolescents functioning successfully within the community by maximizing their level of support and minimizing the amount of disruption to daily functioning. On average, most children remain in the program between 2 and 3 weeks.
Located in Springfield, the Child Partial Hospitalization Program has been providing quality care to children, adolescents and their families for over 14 years.
The Treatment Team:
Each family is assigned a Social Worker who coordinates all aspects of the treatment and serves as the primary contact. The Social Worker is part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes the following specialists:
- Child psychiatrist
- Clinical psychologist
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Psychiatric social worker
- Registered nurse
- Mental health counselors
Director of Behavioral Health
- Matthew Haas, LICSW, LADC-1
Chief of Child Psychiatry
Medical Director of CPHP
Clinicians & Staff:
- Sandra LaFrance, Program Manager
- Jill Donelan, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor
- Jack Fanton, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist
- Stephanie Daly, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist
- Judy Bellino, L.I.C.S.W. Psychiatric Social Worker
- Rosemary Carney, L.I.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Worker
- Lisa Sergentanis, L.I.C.S.W, Psychiatric Social Worker
- Eric Sheldon, L.I.C.S.W., Psychiatric Social Worker
- Andrea Bailey, LMHC, Psychiatric Social Worker
- Debra Call, LICSW, Psychiatric Social Worker
The Child Partial Hospitalization Program treats children and adolescents with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties, including:
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Eating Disorders
Treatment plans are based on individual patient needs and include the following components:
- Psychiatric consultation
- Group psychotherapy
- Family meetings
- Individual therapy
- Psychoeducational groups
- Creative Activities group
- Case management
- Academic/tutorial classroom
- Milieu therapy (see below)
- Parent Support Group
Milieu refers to the treatment environment. The Child Partial Hospitalization Program promotes success both within and outside the program by creating a nurturing and respectful milieu in which children feel safe and valued. Challenging behavior is viewed as the result of deficits in particular skills, and the focus of treatment is teaching these skills.
Our experienced staff help children learn skills to better manage emotions, improve relationships with others, and meet academic expectations.
The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach of Dr. Ross Greene forms the core of this work.
Referrals may be initiated by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, crisis teams, and hospital emergency room personnel. For referrals, please contact Behavioral Health’s Central Intake Office at (413) 794-5555. Most insurance plans cover the cost of the Partial Hospitalization Program.