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San Antonio Mental Health Program for Pre-Teen and Teens



San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital offers inpatient and partial hospitalization pre-teen and teen mental health programs designed to support young people, ages 9 to 17, who require structured care and monitoring for behavioral conditions or substance abuse. Our facility provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for treatment of teen mental illness. Because our team of adolescent specialists recognize and understand the unique needs of teen patients dealing with emotional and psychological disorders, our youth programs are tailored to the special needs of youth seeking treatment for mental health issues.

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Teen Mental Illness Treatment in San Antonio

The goal of our adolescent inpatient program is to provide stabilization for immediate concerns within a healing and structured environment. We provide short-term, intensive inpatient treatment with the primary focus of improving mental health for teens through reduction of symptoms and recovery of normal overall functioning. Because of the negative stigma associated with teen mental illness, your child may not be interested in getting help, but it is critical to seek treatment as soon as you realize there may be a problem with a youth’s mental health. Better outcomes are generally achieved when comprehensive care is obtained as early as possible.

Not all young people with behavioral or mental health concerns need inpatient care. Those in early stages of mental illness may achieve great success with outpatient or partial hospitalization programs. If this is the case, our qualified health professionals will be able to offer advice through a free assessment on what the best course of treatment would be for your situation. If your teen’s mental illness is determined to be more advanced, our admissions staff may suggest inpatient care.

If young people could be a danger to themselves or others, their mental illness may require hospitalization for a short period of time. Psychiatric or emotional disorders which may necessitate hospitalization include:

  • Recent suicide attempt
  • Current suicide ideation
  • Substance abuse and chemical dependency
  • Recent history of significant self-mutilation or self-endangering behavior
  • Excessive trauma
  • Severe anxiety
  • Assaultive or aggressive behavior
  • Severe depression and hopelessness
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychotic behaviors impacting daily activities

San Antonio Teen Mental Health Program Details

Treatment plans for youth include a comprehensive assessment, group therapy, medication management, detox (if necessary), and family therapy sessions. Discharge planning is initiated at the time of admission and revised throughout the time of hospitalization. A written aftercare plan is developed with the participation of the teen and family before release from our San Antonio hospital. It includes recommendations for further treatment, as well as education for family members and loved ones on how to support the patient in normal life. To ensure continued support and care, follow-up appointments are also scheduled, as needed, for both the patient in our teen mental health program and his or her loved ones.


Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a day treatment program that serves adolescents, ages 9-17 years old, and is ideal for teens who have recently been hospitalized or those who require structured treatment and psychiatric support.

This daily, therapeutic program helps teens who are suffering from behavioral and/ or substance abuse problems impacting their ability to function at home and or at school. The multi-displinary treatment team develops individualized treatment plans which address coping and living skills, self-esteem and boundary issues, family dynamics and abusive behaviors.

Program Specifics

  • Monday –Friday:  8am-4pm, lunch is available.
  • Typical program duration 4 weeks.
  • Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist and family sessions.
  • Six therapeutic (CBT and CPT focused) groups each day to include:
    • Trauma Focused Education
    • Substance Abuse Education
    • Nutrition Education
    • Family Education
    • Mindfulness and Recreational Therapy
    • Wellness Planning

Common Issues Treated

  • Severe Depression or Anxiety
  • Trauma (Sexual Trauma, Childhood, Domestic Violence)
  • Acute Stress Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Mood Disorders

To learn more about adolescent treatment programs, or for a confidential assessment, please call

210-541-5350, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our priority is helping improve mental health for teens.


We accept most commercial insurances: Tricare, Commercial Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid