What to do, when . . .
->Your teen is experiencing explosive temper outbursts, fits of rage, shouting, shoving and you are afraid for your or his/her safety, and the teen is unresponsive to calm reasoning, or his/her behavior escalates.
A: Call 911. Many Columbus and suburban police departments have been trained in CIT. CIT is crisis intervention training. Often, a young person in crisis is then taken to a hospital emergency room and/or Netcare Access for assessment to determine what is causing the behavior and what is helpful next. They might then be referred to Pomegranate Acute Hospital.
Self Harming Behavior
->A teen- (son, daughter, niece, nephew, student or friend) is threatening suicide either after having been depressed, or impulsively. It may be result of bullying, cyber bullying, a bad break-up, test gone wrong, fight, parental separation, abuse- physical, sexual or emotional- regardless, intervention is a must to this cry for help.
A: Bring them to a hospital emergency room for evaluation and assessment by a trained mental health crisis intervention specialist. Larger hospitals either have specialists on staff or are contracted with psychiatrists or psychologists to perform the assessment and referral. They might then be referred to Pomegranate Acute Hospital for crisis stabilization and further treatment.
Scary or Unusual Behavior
->Your teen has had a noticeable personality change, is behaving oddly, might be hearing voices or seeing things that are not real, seems withdrawn or having mood swings, saying unusual stuff or making threats.
A: Make an appointment with a psychologist, licensed professional counselor, psychiatrist for further evaluation or, if threats are involved or actively psychotic behavior (hallucinating), bring teen to Netcare Access or a hospital emergency room. Nationwide Children’s also has several outpatient behavioral health locations.
Disruptions at School
->Your student or adolescent child has been suspended, gotten detention, been involved in fights, made threats, or had outbursts at school (or bullying is involved either as perpetrator or victim).
A: Make an appointment with the school counselor or psychologist for professional counseling referral. For a diagnostic assessment and more intensive level of therapy that cannot be provided on an outpatient basis, residential treatment might be considered. Pomegranate Health Systems has 50 bed residential treatment. The teen will need a professional referral to come to Pomegranate.
Victim of Rape, Abuse or Trafficking
->An adolescent girl (or boy) has been involved with an older boyfriend met over the internet, or was exploited by older male and/or his friends, or subject to previous abuse.
A: Pomegranate Health Systems does see/treat teens who have suffered abuse, trauma, and/or experience symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The entire staff has received training in trauma-informed care, and the clinical team has been engaged with NMT training through the Dr. Bruce Perry model.
Physical Health Challenges (Allergies, Diet, Seizures, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
->My teen also has special dietetic requirements, is diabetic, allergic to peanuts, has chlamydia . . . in addition to bipolar disorder and ADHD.
A: Pomegranate has a medical doctor in addition to psychiatrists on staff, a certified nurse practitioner, RN/s and LPNs to supervise and assist with medical conditions and medication management. Patients in the acute hospital are seen daily in treatment team, and weekly in residential treatment in addition to the 24-7 nursing care. Special situations are noted on the board, in the chart and special meals can be prepared by our dietician and chef.
Pomegranate is a participant in the PREP program, personal responsibility education which teaches skills for living on one’s own, budgeting, setting life goals, preventing pregnancy, parenting skills needed, managing one’s own health condition and medication, preventing sexually transmitted diseases –including learning to say ‘no’, and valuing oneself.
->My son/daughter is developmentally disabled and considered to be ‘low functioning’. He/she seems to be experiencing symptoms of behavioral health disorder. Do you accept/treat DD patients?
A: Pomegranate reviews each case on an individual basis. Generally, we accept teens who can perform the activities of daily living and/or at an IQ level of 70 or above. Beyond bed availability, its necessary to make sure a teen will be best served by the current milieu.
Arrest, Delinquency or Court Involvement
->A teen has been arrested for a crime (theft, curfew violation, truancy etc.) and the court psychologist has assessed the child as in need of mental and/or behavioral health treatment.
A: Pomegranate’s secure environment provides a safe place for the teen; protection from peers and removal from the situation which may have contributed to the arrest. A highly structured environment coupled with individual and group therapy can provide remarkably beneficial results. Tutoring from Columbus Public Schools special needs teachers can help a teen with subjects that they may need additional coaching in. Summit Academy is the school on-site with classrooms on each unit.
Pomegranate provides a competency attainment program for teens that are adjudicated as incompetent to stand trial. The teen receives training on the court system, courtroom environment, charges pending, and legal terminology, to better be able to understand the charges they are facing.
Shelter care; Removed from Dysfunctional Home Environment
->A teen’s parent has substance abuse issues, is incarcerated, or a parent has abandoned the family, there has been an incident of neglect, illegal activity, or domestic violence necessitates removal of the teen and children from the home at once.
A: In high stress situations where county child protection caseworkers are called to the home, adolescents are placed in a safe, secure environment at Pomegranate Health Systems or other provider to protect them, and provide them with room and board, schooling, health care (including medical exam, vision and dental), clothing vouchers if needed, food and recreation and a stable environment until they can be placed with kin, in foster care, reunited with their biological parent/s, or with a loving, forever family.
Clearly, these are more serious situations where typical outpatient, school, or community mental health counseling might not suffice. View our YouTube videos- listed under ‘news’ on the http://www.PomegranateHealthSystems.com/ website, or in earlier blog posts. There’s also an FAQ section as well as sections for parents, professionals and insurance under the admissions tab.