“When your child is in crisis, your family is in crisis. Parents need to know they are not alone during this difficult time. You do not need to feel isolated, and there is help, not just for your child but for the entire family. The inter-disciplinary team at Pomegranate Health Systems provides the support you and your child need to begin the healing process. Family sessions are encouraged so parents learn about their child’s diagnosis along with their child” says VP of Operations, Angela Nickell.
The staff at Pomegranate understands that the decision to place a child in a residential facility is difficult and stressful. When looking into residential psychiatric treatment as an option, there are a few things to consider: “When looking at a facility you should ask about treatment modalities. There are a variety of treatment modalities available to meet each patient’s individual needs. The modality chosen will depend on factors such as diagnosis, age of the patient, family support, and patient preference. In addition to treatment modalities (or therapeutic approaches), ask to review the program schedule, and take a tour. Ask the facility which safety measures are used when their child demonstrates unsafe behaviors. Getting answers to these key questions will assist in making an informed decision for you and your family” adds Nickell.
Pomegranate uses Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as its treatment focus. “Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which adolescents and families can recover from trauma and mental illness within a safe environment. Each staff member, as well as each patient is asked to help reach this goal by treating each other with kindness and respect, maintaining a coercion and violence-free environment, and practicing the principles of trauma-informed care” says Nickell.
Pomegranate opened three years ago in Central Ohio and added the Acute Unit one year ago. Pomegranate was specially designed and built to accommodate the needs of an active adolescent population and their treatment needs. “The structure of the building is only the first step to providing a safe environment for our residents and patients,’ adds John Hedrick, Facilities Director. “It goes beyond batteries for MP3 players, and DVD’s to include building code compliance, fire safety, facility maintenance, and a host of other aspects that my department makes a priority every day”.
Nickell concludes, “When looking to make the decision for residential treatment, keep in mind that a holistic approach is best; a facility that cares not only for the patient, but for the family as a unit and works on education, as well as reunification. Pomegranate Health Systems strives to continue this practice as it works on improving lives.”
[Photo credit: Angela Nickell, CEO; John Hedrick Facilities Director, Pomegranate Health Systems]