At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, we understand that many children and adolescents experience a number of obstacles in their academic, familial, and social lives when the symptoms of a mental health condition are present and hinder healthy functioning. Mental illnesses, on the whole, are known to impair people in many ways. However, when it comes to young people who are faced with this type of strife, the distress that can come with having a mental health disorder can be significant and impact a youth’s development. Bipolar disorder, for example, is one such mental illness that can be extremely disruptive to the lives of young sufferers. The drastic shifts in mood, of which include fluctuations between depressive and manic states, can cause a youth to engage in risky behaviors, experience extreme bouts of sadness, lash out in an aggressive manner, and experience appetite changes and sleep disturbances that can affect overall physical health as well. Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy offers superior care for this condition so that young people can come to realize a life in which symptoms of bipolar disorder are manageable and far less disruption to their functioning.
Since its establishment in 2004, Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy (DBI|CA) has been providing premier treatment for a vast population of children and adolescents throughout the state of Michigan. Located in Mid Town Detroit, DBA|CA is nestled in an attractive downtown area that is located within one mile of Detroit Children’s Hospital and Detroit Medical Center, adding to our ability to provide comprehensive medical services when appropriate. With a focus on keeping youth, families, and the surrounding communities safe in order to reduce recidivism, while also teaching youth to be responsible members of society, our residential treatment programs provide supportive, therapeutic, and compassionate care for male and female children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 who are struggling with mental health disorders and co-occurring concerns.
Our programs have been designed for adjudicated youth, youth who have committed criminal acts, youth who are required to undergo psychiatric treatment, and non-adjudicated youth who are in need of a structured setting as they find healing from traumatic experiences and/or mental health concerns. We proudly stand out from our competitors by providing gender-specific treatment tracks, as well as specialized treatment tracks for adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse, cognitive or developmental delays, and significant traumatic backgrounds. When a child is plagued by the debilitating symptoms of bipolar disorder, Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy can provide the holistic solution needed for him or her to find true healing.
Why Consider Treatment at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy
As previously mentioned, bipolar disorder can cause a great deal of turmoil in the lives of sufferers. In the event a youth does not receive care for this disorder, it is likely that a number of harmful effects will occur as a result. The severe symptoms of bipolar disorder, coupled with the fact that youth do not possess the necessary skills to successfully manage impulses in the same effective manner as adults, could cause a young person to partake in dangerous or risky behaviors. Oftentimes, youth with this condition engage in self-harming behaviors when they are unable to achieve a full sense of emotional wellness during episodes of depression or mania. Additionally, some young people may begin to experiment with drugs and/or alcohol as a means of escaping from the distressing symptoms of bipolar disorder. Lastly, children and adolescents with this mental illness are likely to partake in criminal activity as the lack of impulse control and inability to make sound decisions are clouded by this detrimental illness. Fortunately, there are viable options for care that greatly improve the lives of youth who are battling bipolar disorder.
While many mental illnesses can be effectively treated in less restrictive treatment settings, bipolar disorder is one such mental health condition that is most efficiently cared for when treatment is administered in a residential setting. Within this secure treatment setting, youth who are battling bipolar disorder experience many beneficial therapeutic interventions that are carried out by experienced mental health professionals. These professionals are available 24 hours a day to help young people learn to manage symptoms of this disorder and develop new methods for coping with symptoms that are not perilous to their wellbeing. Additionally, children and adolescents in residential care have access to medication management services, services that are an integral part of treating bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists, who are trained to specifically treat young people, can determine medication needs, prescribe medication(s), and monitor a youth’s progress for the duration of treatment when in residential care. All of the aforementioned factors are what make residential treatment the most appropriate and effective option for care that can produce successful treatment outcomes for youth who are struggling with bipolar disorder.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, it is our mission to provide comprehensive mental health services for youth that will empower and strengthen them in the development of prosocial skills; skills that will also have a positive impact on their families and communities. We believe that treatment is a life-long commitment to personal growth and development that is necessary in order to acquire and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, we strive to provide all of the young people that we treat with the tools necessary to face their futures with the confidence they need to be happy and successful. Our overall goal is to provide a holistic, therapeutic, social environment that promotes the utilization of evidence-based treatment practices, while also teaching socially appropriate behaviors to the children and adolescents entrusted into our care. When practiced consistently, we firmly believe that these learned behaviors will assist in preparing youth for their future, therefore improving the chances of their successful return to the community as well as their adaptation to a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Types of Treatment Offered at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy
All of the programming options offered here at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy utilize evidence-based practices that are delivered by a highly experienced team of clinicians. With individualized treatment plans begin afforded to all patients, our caring team of professionals is able to specialize care to meet each and every unique need brought forth by each patient. Through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavior modification, patients receive a full continuum of care that is necessary to find true healing and lasting recovery.
Our residential program is broken up into seven separate units, and there are separate tracks offered for patients who are struggling substance abuse problems, cognitive impairments, and significant trauma histories. Based on the information received by a patient’s referral source, in addition to the information gathered through the evaluation process that takes place prior to admission, each patient will be assigned to the unit that is most appropriate to properly address his or her identified needs. The following treatment components are incorporated into programming for all patients across all units:
Medication management: In the majority of cases, psychotropic medications are implemented in order to assist in alleviating the symptoms of bipolar disorder. All of our patients meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once each week in order to monitor the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that may be prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary. Our doctors and psychiatrists are on-call 24/7, and our nurses and nurse practitioners are available on all units 24/7.
Individual therapy: Patients across all units meet with a therapist on a one-to-one basis for individual therapy sessions at a minimum of once per week. However, on some units, patients receive a minimum of two individual sessions per week, yet additional sessions can be added on any unit at any time.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are a major aspect of treatment here at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, and patients on all of our units engage in a minimum of four group sessions per week, although some units engage in more sessions than do others. Group therapy sessions include process groups and psycho-educational groups, as well as social living skills groups. Our staff utilizes the “Thinking for Change” curriculum, which focuses on prosocial skills, emotional regulation, and self-expression. In addition to these groups, problem-solving groups are held on a daily basis, and some youth attend additional weekly substance abuse groups, as determined by their individual treatment plans.
Family therapy: Keeping in mind the importance of family involvement in a child’s overall success in treatment, we implement family therapy sessions as part of the therapeutic process. The frequency of such sessions varies amongst units, as well as based on patients’ individual needs, but typically occurs either once each week or once every two weeks.
Experiential therapies: In order to provide a fully holistic approach to treatment, here are DBI|CA, we offer a number of options for experiential therapies that are included in each patient’s treatment plan in addition to the more traditional forms of therapeutic interventions. Examples of various experiential therapies that are offered include:
- Team-building activities
- Life-skills building activities
- Recreation (held at a minimum of once/day)
- Yoga (held once/week)
Educational programming: All patients who are engaged in programming at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy attend school through Capstone Academy Charter School. With one location on our main campus and a second location on our north campus, Capstone is a fully accredited educational provider pursuant to Michigan Law and authorized by Detroit Public School. Every patient attends school Monday through Friday from 8:00am until approximately 2:00pm. The onsite educational services provided through Capstone use both traditional and program-modified teaching methods, offering a setting that allows our staff the flexibility to balance educational requirements and clinical needs, while also facilitating the successful transfer of educational credits and academic records.
Medical care: Medical care is available on an ongoing basis, with patients meeting with a medical doctor at a minimum of once each week. Such medical care includes physical evaluations, vision exams, dental exams, and other routine medical exams when needed.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, we recognize that full recovery is reliant upon successful discharge planning and thorough continuation of care. As such, discharge planning meetings are held for each patient at least 30 days prior to being discharged from our program. Our discharge planners work with referral sources and case managers in order to ensure that patients are comfortably transitioned into the most appropriate placement following their departure from Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy. Whether youth is transitioning back home, into a step-down program, or into an independent living situation, we make sure that all children have an established setting to go to in order provide them with the sense of safety that they need to remain successful. Our discharge planners maintain open communication with each patient’s referring agency’s case manager throughout their stay with us so that all transitions are completed without conflict. For those patients who need to enter into independent living environments, our staff will work with DHS in order make sure that such arrangements are fully established prior to the adolescent’s leaving our care.