Supporting Adolescent Girls Emotionally (SAGE) FAQ

What is the goal of the Supporting Adolescent Girls Emotionally (SAGE) program?

Adolescence can be a difficult time of transition for girls, particularly those struggling with emotional trauma, substance abuse and body image issues. SAGE is designed to help girls between the ages of 13 and 18 identify and understand their emotional struggles and impulsive behaviors while building confidence and developing positive coping skills.    


What makes the SAGE program unique?

While there are many coed programs focusing on the emotional issues faced by teens, many adolescent girls need a safe space where they could open up and work through their difficulties.  SAGE hopes to address the more sensitive topics they may not have the opportunity to explore in other coed groups.  

What services are offered in the program?

The SAGE program includes both individual and group therapy, as well as medication management and a strong family component.  Evidence-based therapeutic approaches are applied including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a therapy that teaches coping skills through various modules including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Family members are offered a weekly evening session to gain a better understanding of family dynamics and how they can help support their adolescent’s recovery.

What levels of care are available?

Two levels of care are available through SAGE—a partial hospital program for girls whose emotional difficulties make regular school attendance difficult and an intensive outpatient program that runs after school. The partial hospital program (PHP) is held five days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes two hours of school instruction each day.  The intensive outpatient program (IOP) is held after school three days per week.  On Mondays  there is a family program from 5:30-8:30pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays program is 3:30 to 6:30p.m.

Can my child miss school to be in program?

For those individuals who are not able to attend school because of their symptoms and functioning they can benefit from the partial hospitalization day program.  The staff will coordinate with schools to get school work and will also have a teacher on site to provide two hours of educational instruction so that students don’t fall behind in school work.

How long is the program?

The full day PHP program is generally 1-2 weeks long and then the afterschool IOP is about 4-6 weeks long.

Is transportation available?

Yes.  Transportation is available to individuals living in the catchment area.  Full day participants can be picked up and dropped off at home.  Individuals attending the after school IOP can be picked up from school and will need to be picked up at the end of the program day.  Call the centralized admissions department to find out if transportation is available to your home or school.

Are families involved in treatment?

Families are an integral part to treatment and are required to be a part of the adolescent’s treatment.  Weekly family days are offered to both levels of care and private family sessions can be scheduled as needed.

Will a doctor be on site?

A board certified psychiatrist will be on site to manage medications and oversee each individual case.  A master’s level clinician will also be assigned to each participant and will conduct individual and group sessions throughout treatment.