Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Opens Partial Hospitalization Program

November 23, 2015

Child2The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) at Bradley Hospital has opened a partial hospitalization program for children and adolescents ranging in age from five to 18 years who have autism or developmental disabilities with co-existing emotional or behavioral disorders. The new program, the nation’s first, complements CADD’s already successful inpatient services.

The primary goal of the CADD Partial Program is to help children and adolescents remain safely at home while they and their families work on clinical issues. There has been a demand for this type of program, one that bridges the gap between inpatient and outpatient or home-based care.

“The creation of this partial program completes a full continuum of care that is not matched anywhere. This new service further strengthens the CADD program – a long-standing destination treatment program and national model for the care of some of our most fragile and in-need children,” said J. Zen Meservy, M, CADD program director, who noted that CADD services also include inpatient, outpatient, in-home and residential services.

The program’s interdisciplinary treatment team works to teach and support parents and primary caretakers to better understand the needs of children in the program and to better equip families to manage care at home. “We frequently see children in our CADD inpatient unit who are taken care of by this remarkable interdisciplinary team, but then parents ask us ‘how do you incorporate that at home?’” explained Meservy. “This partial program takes those services and replicates and modifies them to help families with the transition period for a child between treatment levels.”

The goal of the CADD Partial Program is to help find patients’ strengths and help families maximize those strengths, as children transition from inpatient, outpatient or community-based care. Children and adolescents receive care in a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment five days a week, equivalent to a school day, and return home to their families at night.

As a family-based program, parents and primary caregivers are generally involved between four to 10 hours a week, which includes participation in family therapy and parent-child interaction sessions, staff-supported teaching sessions and daily check-ins. Parents and primary caregivers learn behavior management techniques, which they can utilize with their child upon discharge in an effort to promote and maintain an optimal level of functioning at home and school.

For more information, call the Bradley Hospital ACCESS Center at 401-432-1364 or visit the Bradley Hospital Center for Autism Developmental Disabilities Partial Program web page.