MADISON, Wis (WMTV) - Coinciding with Mental Health Month, Rogers Behavioral Health announced it expanded its services to include two new programs for children.
The Wisconsin-based non-profit has locations all over the country that include programs to help adults struggling with anxiety, depression and more. However, not all have programs for youth and adolescents.
Dr. Jerry Halverson, the chief medical officer for Rogers’, said there is a demand for more services.
“Here in Madison, we have been providing what we call partial hospitalization level of care for almost ten years, and partial hospitalization is also called day treatment. People might know if it more in that way, but it is not a level of care most people are aware of,” he said.
He said there is a gap in services, which is why they extended the programs to Madison.
“Everywhere in Wisconsin, even where people and mental health providers like to live, like Madison, have a shortage- a relative shortage for providers,” he said.
The two new programs address OCD and anxiety and mental health and co-occurring addiction. The programs started in early April and can treat 16 patients at a time.
Lori Klein, a marriage and family therapist at Rogers’, said she works with children in the OCD and anxiety program. She said, while they are still getting the word out on the program, it is rewarding work.
“It is super rewarding as a therapist to be a part of this program. Family involvement has been something as a therapist that I have been extremely passionate about,” she said.
She said, as a therapist, she comes up with specific goals, interventions and more for every patient.
Halverson said if you suspect your child needs care, first have a conversation with them and your primary care physician, then treatment discussions can start. He said some abrupt changes in how your child is doing in school, changes in mood and personality, or drug and alcohol use can be some of the warning signs.
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