Princeton House–Hamilton Now Offers Specialized Program for Young Adults with Behavioral Health or Substance Abuse Issues

Sep 17, 2012

Young adults dealing with behavioral health or substance abuse issues can now access services tailored to their unique needs at the Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH) outpatient site in Hamilton.

The Young Adult Program, open to men and women ages 18 through the mid 20s, includes coping and life-skills training, creative arts therapy and group psychotherapy, with individual therapy sessions provided as needed.

Khaja Faisal, MD, a staff psychiatrist at PHBH-Hamilton, said patients in the program come from all different backgrounds but are all in the process of asserting their independence.

"It makes sense to have a specialized program for this age group," Dr. Faisal said. "They are between adolescence and adulthood and, whether they are in college or just entering the workforce, they are experiencing similar difficulties and challenges."

Katie Bartolone, Primary Therapist for the Young Adult Program, said patients usually are in the program six to eight weeks and there are separate tracks available for those with psychiatric diagnoses and those with co-occurring substance abuse issues.

"Keeping the young adults with their peers improves group cohesion," Ms. Bartolone said. "They find they have common struggles, which helps normalize their experiences. It also helps promote active family involvement, which is an important element of the program."

In addition to group therapy, there is a multifamily group that meets weekly.

The Young Adult Program is available at two levels of care: Partial Hospital (five full days per week) and Intensive Outpatient (three to five half-days weekly). PHBH accepts referrals from hospitals, other outpatient providers and local colleges. Young adults and family members can also seek admission on their own.

Launched a year ago at PHBH's outpatient site in North Brunswick, the Young Adult Program was expanded earlier this year to the outpatient site on Mount Lucas Road in Princeton. The program is the latest specialized offering by PHBH. Previous programs included those tailored to older adults, children, adolescents, women, and men experiencing difficulty functioning due to past traumatic events.

Most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. To make a referral, please call (888) 437-1610.

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