West Memphis Behavioral Hospital offers inpatient behavioral health treatment to children from 6 to 17 years of age. Inpatient care focuses on providing immediate crisis stabilization and resolution. Our 24-hour care is provided through our multi-disciplinary treatment team including our psychiatrist, therapist, nurse or the mental health technician and discharge planner.
We know that seeking treatment can be emotionally challenging for families, therefore we designed our programs with our patients and their families' individualized needs in mind.
We offer distinct program tracks to better serve the unique needs of the children within our community. We also offer an array of added-value services to bring a sense of community and "home" to the hospital environment.
Signs you might consider seeking mental health treatment in your child might include:
While these are some signs to seek treatment, this is not an all-inclusive list. If you have any concerns, please ask for help.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques. TF-CBT has proved successful with children and adolescents who have significant emotional problems (e.g., symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety, or depression) related to traumatic life events.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. Children and youth who are from hard places have often experienced complex developmental trauma, demonstrating an interactive set of psychological and behavioral issues. TBRI is a holistic, attachment-based, evidence based, and trauma informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. The three principles of TBRI include: Empowering Principles (addressing the physical needs of the child), Connecting Principles (addressing the attachment needs of the child) and the Correcting Principles (addressing the fear-based behaviors of the child). We are very excited to provide TBRI to the communities we work with and help our children live a more healthy and positive life.
The recreational department at West Memphis engages with their children daily focusing on the physical needs by structuring exercise and organized sports to teach teamwork, healthy peer interactions and conflict resolution. Expressive therapy is also introduced to the children to help them express their feelings and emotions through dance, music and art.
The residential program at West Memphis is a female (ages 12-17) program that is licensed as a PRTF by the state of Arkansas Department of Human Services and is accredited by The Joint Commission.
The residential treatment program is built on a foundation of Trauma Informed Care. Every aspect of the program is designed to create an emotionally safe environment for residents and staff. We realize the impact trauma causes, not just on our residents, but also for the people working with them including family, caregivers and other clinicians. We strive to implement this knowledge and understanding into all our programs as well as staff education.
A unique benefit of our West Memphis program is that an acute care hospital is located on the campus. This allows us to focus on a smooth transition in the continuum of care by providing another level of care to our residents who may experience an acute psychiatric crisis. We also have an Residential Treatment Unit (RTU) which is a program that bridges our patients from acute care to residential treatment.
The referral process for the residential programs look at more detailed information then our acute program starting with gathering criteria to determine level of care including a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, medical, physician and medication history, school information including an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and discharge summaries from any recent hospitalization.
Exclusion criteria includes FSIQ below 70, pregnancy and medical issues that require extensive/ongoing attention by medical professionals.
The children and adolescents in any of the West Memphis programs are provided with an education that is valuable for future success. Class size is small and educational programs are tailored to the individual needs based on IEP’s and needed programming utilizing special education teachers. The facility works with the Arkansas Department of Education to incorporate Math, English/Language Arts, History and Science as well as a variety of electives similar to what a student would experience in a traditional school setting.