Peak View expanding adolescent mental health care

Peak View Behavioral Health will begin treating adolescent patients in a hospital setting starting Jan. 21.

The hospital will offer both inpatient and outpatient programs for children ages 12 to 17, and the hospital now has 20 acute beds for inpatient stays and full-day treatment on an outpatient basis.

“We know there are adolescents in our community who are hurting and looking for mental health services,” said Peak View Medical Director Dr. Julie Sanford said. “Peak View is excited to expand our services to serve this vulnerable population, as well as their families.”

Peak View Behavioral Health is a 92-bed, acute psychiatric hospital who currently serves adults and geriatric patients. The hospital opened its 56,000 square-foot hospital in June , 2012 at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard. Since last summer, the hospital has added additional 100 new employees.

“Peak View will now be treating adolescents through geriatrics and we’re excited to treat such a range of needs,” Peak View Behavioral Health CEO Gary Miller said.

Miller said patients can expect to receive treatment by a multidisciplinary team to include psychiatrists, physicians, therapists and nurses.

The most common reasons people seek help include management of anxiety, feelings of depression and grief, and mood disorders. No formal referral is required to seek treatment and clinicians are available on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to conduct a free assessment.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults over the age of 18 suffer from a disagnosable mental illness every year in the United States, The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that one in 10 children suffer with a serious emotional or mental health disorder.