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Specialized Treatment Services

Transition to Independence Program (TIP)

Transition to Independence services are provided to young people aged 16-21 to assist them in a successful transition to adulthood. TIP services focus on education; employment; and life skills such as budgeting, meal planning/preparation, positive peer relationship building and communication enhancement.

Trauma Recovery Services

Certified Trauma professionals work with children and families who have had significant adversity and/or loss in their lives, helping people overcome negative experiences through individual and group services. Trauma professionals have extensive training to enhance the natural counseling process and promote healing from traumatic experiences.

Peer Support Services

Peer Support Services offer a way to both give and receive support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Those who are presently in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction use their own lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. This service is available not only to those actually experiencing mental health or addiction issues, but also to support the parents of adolescents who are going through treatment.

While those in treatment at Alta receive case management and/or counseling, Peer Recovery Support is outside the realm of counseling. Instead, it is similar to the “sponsor” set-up in Alcoholics Anonymous. Like AA sponsors, individuals engaged in peer services encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them. In doing so, they can play a vital role in laying the foundation for sustained recovery. Peer Recovery Support Services are community-based, individualized, recovery-focused and promote self-determination, self-advocacy, well-being and overall independence.

Respite Events

Respite Events are open to any family in Mahoning or Trumbull County. The only requirement is that the child attending the event have a Mental Health diagnosis. These four-hour events give parents a welcome break from caring for their child’s needs — while at the same time involving the children in a structured activity in which he/she can learn positive social engagement and have fun with other kids in an enjoyable, experiential way. It’s a win-win for parents and children alike.

Several Respite Events are scheduled each year. All take place at Alta Camp Challenge, located on Youngstown’s west side at 939 Wilkinson Avenue near McCollum Rd. and Mill Creek Park. Children who attend will participate in Ropes Course/Adventure Course activities, and also enjoy a free lunch. There is no charge for the Respite Events.

Camp Challenge

For over 30 years, we have provided summer programming to youth who present with social and emotional needs. The Camp Challenge Intensive Experiential Group Counseling Program is a five week therapeutic program designed to use behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapy in group settings to improve behaviors. The Camp Challenge program is designed for youth between the ages of six and twelve. The focus is on youth that require a more intensive level of behavioral health services, meet medically necessitated standards, and have functioning problems that are moderate to severe. The program is essentially divided into three components; a Therapeutic Social-Recreation component, Counseling and Behavioral Intervention component, and a Parent component. Youth are referred by their primary therapist or Community Support Worker at Alta Behavioral Healthcare.

FIRST Program

FIRST is a specialized program to  help treat those adolescence and young adults between the ages for 15-35 who have had their first episode of psychosis. The goals of the program are to have these individuals enter treatment quickly, improve recovery outcomes, provider support and education for the individual and family and to reduce chances of relapse including hospitalizations. The program follows a team-based approach utilizing a modularized curriculum developed by the North East Ohio Medical Center, who trains and consults the team on a regular basis. Those that qualify for the FIRST program must agree to participate in at least two of the services offered which include: Psychiatric Care, Individual Resiliency Training, Psycho-family Education and Support, Case Management and Supportive Employment. All referrals should be made to FIRST team leader, Vince Paolucci, at Alta Care Group or by calling the FIRST line 234-201-2512.