Non-Profit Opens Second Youth Crisis Home in Partnership with Kaiser Permanente
By: Christina Antos, Anka Behavioral Health, Inc.
CARMICHAEL, CA – On May 14, 2014 Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. (Anka) opened Casa Carmichael, a crisis stabilization program that helps youth recover from a psychiatric or life crisis.
Through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Anka’s Casa Carmichael Program provides a safe, home-like environment for Kaiser Permanente members, 11-17 years of age. Up to six youth can stay in the home program an average of five to seven days working with a team of specialists who help them resolve the behavioral or emotional issues associated with their crisis and give them the tools necessary to help them work through future challenges. If appropriate, staff will also work with each youth’s family, friends, and educational institution to develop a strong support system upon discharge.
Unlike programs that are held in a psychiatric unit or hospital-like facility, Casa Carmichael is held in a natural home setting in order to better engage each individual in the recovery process. Each youth have their own private bedroom and share the kitchen, living room, and other common areas with peers and staff. The recovery program provided at Casa Carmichael is specifically designed for adolescents and teens and will offer daily group activities using art and psycho-educational groups in several core areas, including self-awareness, anger management, thinking and feeling, family dynamics, and coping skills. Treatment plans are truly individualized, innovative, and offer “out of the box” objectives and action plans intended to foster each youth’s long-term wellness and recovery. In addition, youth are provided psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, one-on-one counseling, and early engagement in outpatient treatment, when appropriate.
This is Anka’s sixth Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) program in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and second CRT that specifically serve’s youth. “The need for these types of programs is absolutely necessary. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kaiser Permanente to provide these essential services and superb care to their members.” said Amanda Russel, PsyD, Vice President of Anka Northern California Programs. Depending on the direction of client needs, Casa Carmichael will also obtain a specialized certification for providing treatment to youth with eating disorders, a model of care already adopted by their first youth CRT. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that eating disorder hospitalizations have increased significantly over the past few years and accounts for the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Anka hopes to continue expanding specialized services and programs that serve individuals with eating disorders over the next few years.