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New service is offered at ChristieCare

ChristieCare, a leading provider of mental health services for children and families in Oregon, opened its sub-acute care program on the Marylhurst Campus recently.

Sub-acute care is a brief, intensive service designed to offer crisis stabilization and psychiatric assessment for children with significant psychiatric needs.

'The objective is to prevent hospitalization, rapidly resolve crisis situations and transition children to a lower level of care,' ChristieCare officials said.

'By preventing hospitalization, the sub-acute program is consistent with our ChristieCare values,' said Lynne Saxton, ChristieCare executive director. 'It is always our goal to serve children in the least restrictive setting possible, and ultimately work with children and their families to help ensure recovery, resilience and the opportunity to lead productive lives in their homes and communities.'

Children enrolled in the sub-acute program will experience a secure environment where the treatment team will alleviate their crises, provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and around-the-clock medical support. Staff members will work closely with parents, guardians and community professionals who have been involved in the child's treatment to identify each child and family's specific needs. The team will also facilitate access to mental health resources and work with the child and family to determine the best options for future treatment.

Kathleen McNamara, a licensed clinical social worker, will be managing the new sub-acute program. She has 15 years of experience working with children in the mental health field, including two years directing sub-acute services. Psychiatrist Dr. James Powers will also bring his expertise to the program. Their team uses practice treatment strategies including those developed in partnership with Oregon Health and Sciences University, whose Psychiatric Fellows Clinical Rotations occur in ChristieCare programs.

For more information , call 1-888-982-2237 or visit the Web site at www.christiecare.org