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Continuing Care

The Continuing Care Program at El Camino Health is a psychiatric day treatment program designed to address the needs of adults suffering from severe, persistent mental health conditions. 

Treatment is designed to help people stabilize during the early recovery period following a recent acute episode and for those in need of additional support during their recovery. The program is also appropriate for those who haven’t responded to traditional interventions and need a higher level of care. Program participants are typically in need of help with symptoms such as auditory hallucinations (hearing voices), delusions (beliefs not based in reality) and paranoia, in addition to difficulties with their mood and daily functioning.

The program helps people develop coping skills to help manage future episodes. And, because psychiatric conditions can be emotionally difficult for loved ones, the program includes sessions with family members — including a separate group to support and educate family members and teach them how to support their loved one during recovery. Program participants are assigned to a mental health professional for treatment planning, individual counseling, discharge planning, and family intervention and education.

Personalized to Your Needs

After an assessment by our multidisciplinary team, our mental health experts will develop a personalized treatment plan.

Typically, people attend the Continuing Care Program for six to 12 weeks. Over the course of treatment, the schedule usually decreases in both frequency and intensity, depending on individual needs. The program offers personalized care and includes individual and group therapy sessions and family participation.

In addition, participants see an assigned psychiatrist on a weekly basis for evaluation and medication monitoring. The psychiatric nurse meets with individuals weekly to provide additional one-on-one education and support regarding medications.

What to Expect

A typical day might include:

  • Community meeting
  • Movement and life skills groups
  • Individual sessions
  • Discussion groups
  • Meals

 

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