Our psychiatric care and medication management is an integral part of the holistic treatment approach. The Solstice Psychiatrist, Dr. Kirk Simon, is fully integrated into the treatment team at Solstice. He participates in every treatment team review of the residents each week.
The Solstice philosophy in regards to use of medication in treating mental health issues in adolescents is a conservative approach. Some of our residents clearly meet diagnostic criteria that indicate a medication component in their treatment plan. In some cases, this remains an integral part of the treatment plan over time, even as the resident completes treatment and returns home.
However, we also find that many of our residents come to us on medications that are not required in their long-term treatment. In many cases, treatment response is positive enough that we can eliminate or significantly reduce the need for medication in the treatment plan. Of course, this process is methodical, and includes consultation with the entire treatment team, including the parents, over a significant period of time. Parents and residents are always involved in discussions about medications before any changes are made.
All Psychiatric services are integrated into the all-inclusive per diem rate at Solstice and do not represent any additional charges to parents.