New Mexico Behavioral Healthcare’s Continuum of Care

Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment

Our Adolescent Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Program is a specialized and intensive level of care designed to provide immediate and short-term psychiatric treatment for adolescents experiencing severe mental health crises or acute psychiatric symptoms. This program are typically utilized when an adolescent’s safety is at risk or when their symptoms are significantly impairing their ability to function in daily life. The adolescent acute inpatient program provides a highly structured and secure environment with 24/7 monitoring and supervision by a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals.


Here are some key features of our Adolescent Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Program:


      1. Crisis stabilization: The primary goal of the acute inpatient program is to stabilize the adolescent’s immediate psychiatric crisis. The program provides a safe and supportive environment where the child can receive intensive psychiatric and therapeutic interventions to alleviate distressing symptoms.
      2. Multidisciplinary treatment team: Our program is staffed by a team of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses, social workers, and other specialists. These professionals work collaboratively to assess, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan for each adolescent.
      3. 24/7 monitoring and supervision: The program provides round-the-clock monitoring and supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. Staff members are present at all times and conduct regular check-ins, medication management, and crisis intervention as needed.
      4. Medication management: Psychiatrists or other prescribing professionals assess the need for medication and provide ongoing medication management to stabilize and manage psychiatric symptoms. Medications may be prescribed and adjusted as necessary to support the adolescent’s mental health.
      5. Intensive therapeutic interventions: The adolescent inpatient program offers a variety of therapeutic interventions to address the individual’s mental health concerns. This may include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, psycho-education, and skills training. The focus is on providing immediate support, crisis intervention, and building coping skills.
      6. Collaboration and discharge planning: Our experienced staff work sclosely with the adolescent, their family, and community resources to develop a discharge plan. This plan may involve coordinating with outpatient therapists, schools, and other healthcare providers to ensure a smooth transition and ongoing support after leaving the program.


It’s important to note that the length of stay in an Adolescent Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Program varies based on the individual’s needs and progress. It can range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of the crisis and the stabilization of symptoms.


If you or someone you know is considering an Adolescent Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Program, call us so we can provide guidance and connect you with appropriate resources for assessment and treatment.

Partial Hospitalization

Our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a structured, intensive outpatient treatment program designed to provide comprehensive mental health services to adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional or behavioral difficulties. PHPs are typically offered as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or as a step-down level of care following a residential stay.


Here are some key features of our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program:


      1. Intensity of treatment: Our PHP provides a higher level of care compared to traditional outpatient therapy. Adolescents attend the program for several hours each day, typically five days a week, to receive a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and educational services.
      2. Comprehensive approach: We aim to address the emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs of adolescents. Treatment plans are individualized, and the program may target specific issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, or other mental health conditions.
      3. Multidisciplinary team: Our PHP program is staffed by a team of mental health professionals, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, nurses, and educators. This interdisciplinary team collaborates to provide coordinated care and support.
      4. Structured schedule: Adolescents enrolled in our PHP program follow a structured daily schedule that includes therapy sessions, psycho-education, skill-building activities, and supervised socialization. The program aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for adolescents to develop coping skills and improve functioning.
      5. Family involvement: PHPs recognize the importance of family in a young person’s recovery. Family therapy sessions are often included to address family dynamics, improve communication, and involve family members in the treatment process.
      6. Transition planning: We work closely with community resources, schools, and other healthcare providers to ensure a smooth transition between levels of care. We help prepare adolescents for step-down to less intensive treatment or for a return to their regular daily routines.


If you are considering this type of program for yourself or someone you know, call us at 505-750-1769 and we can answer your questions and determine oif this level of care is right for you or your child.

Intensive Outpatient

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is another level of care in our full continuum of mental health treatment for adolescents. It is a structured outpatient program that provides intensive therapeutic services while allowing adolescents to live at home and attend school or engage in other activities outside of treatment hours. IOPs are often utilized as a step-down option from a higher level of care, such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or inpatient hospitalization, or as an initial intervention for adolescents who don’t require the intensity of a PHP or inpatient stay.


Here are some key features of our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program:


      1. Treatment intensity: Our IOP offers a more concentrated and focused treatment compared to traditional outpatient therapy. Adolescents typically attend the program for several hours each day, several days a week, based on their specific treatment plan and needs. The frequency and duration of the program sessions may decrease as progress is made.
      2. Therapeutic modalities: The program utilizes various therapeutic modalities, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. These sessions may focus on addressing specific mental health concerns, substance use, developing coping skills, improving communication, and enhancing overall well-being.
      3. Psychiatric support: Adolescents in our IOP often have access to psychiatric evaluation and medication management services. Psychiatrists or other prescribing professionals are part of the treatment team, ensuring comprehensive care for individuals who require medication to manage their symptoms.
      4. Group support: Group therapy is a significant component the IOPs. Adolescents have the opportunity to participate in psycho-educational groups, process-oriented groups, and skills-based groups with peers who are facing similar challenges. These groups provide support, validation, and the chance to learn from others’ experiences.
      5. Flexibility: Unlike inpatient or residential treatment, our IOP program allows adolescents to reside at home and maintain their daily routines outside of treatment hours. This flexibility enables them to continue attending school, engaging in extracurricular activities, and staying connected to their families and communities.
      6. Continuity of care: We work closely with other healthcare providers, schools, and community resources to ensure a smooth transition of care. This collaboration may involve communication with schools to support academic needs and coordination with outpatient therapists or aftercare services to facilitate ongoing support.


It’s important to note that the specific structure and offerings of Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs can vary between different treatment centers. If you are considering this type of program for yourself or someone you know, call us at 505-750-1769. so we can gather detailed information about your or your child’s unique situation and determine is this is the right level of care.

Holistic Therapies for Teens

Holistic health means nurturing both the mind and body. Many forms of holistic healing are helpful, and we incorporate them into your child’s treatment plan for overall health and mental wellbeing.


While conventional medicine focuses on treating the symptoms of substance use and mental illness, holistic therapies work to address the entire person. That’s why the holistic therapies that we offer focus on techniques that will help your child learn how to manage stress and anxiety while supporting their physical health at the same time. As your child is likely learning how to care for their mental and physical health for the first time, encouraging them to do so proactively can be extremely beneficial for their development.


There are lots of holistic health therapies for teens that support both mental and physical health naturally, without the need for pharmaceutical drugs. Many can be used on their own or as a complement to conventional medicine. Whether dealing with acne, digestive issues, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, or all of the above – holistic health might be just the answer your teen is looking for.


Let’s take a look at some of holistic therapies we offer and how they can make a difference in your child’s emotional and physical wellness.

Holistic Therapies for Teens

Teenagers and adolescents are still learning how to process their emotions while dealing with a body that’s continuously growing and changing. Holistic therapies are fantastic for managing and overcoming anxiety and depression, as well as physical issues, such as hormonal changes and digestive issues.


Most teens respond very well to yoga practice. It’s a proactive way to support emotional and physical health, and the benefits can extend well into their adult years. It improves body awareness and boosts self-confidence.


During their “teens,” your child’s brain is still developing, and yoga supports the development of the part of the brain that regulates impulse control, including how we react to emotions and stress. The poses, which synchronize movement with breathing, encourage a stronger mind-body connection.


Studies show that yoga calms the nervous system of adolescents and teens. The techniques taught in yoga can be used to help your child relax and focus during tests, get better sleep, calm his/her emotions, and reduce stress overall. Many people notice a boost in their mood after yoga practice due to the release of endorphins.


Yoga offers a wonderful form of exercise as well, which we all know is crucial for maintaining a healthy body weight and supporting overall physical health.


Meditation is extremely effective in reducing anxiety and depression. It can help your child learn how to regulate and manage their emotions and improve their attention and concentration. Practicing meditation regularly can even reduce the symptoms of ADHD and enhance brain function.

Creative Art Therapy for Teens

Creative art therapies provide a wonderful way for teens to express themselves and process their feelings. They can help your child tap into their inner self and promote self-confidence. We offer writing, music, and creating art which are all wonderful forms of creative art therapies.


We encourage your child to remember that everyone is unique, so something that works for their friend to express themselves creatively may not work for them, and that’s ok. It’s important to try different approaches until they find what works for them.


Your child will consult with a nutritionist and a doctor to start a healthy eating regiment. When constantly on the go, which is common for most teens, eating healthy foods can be tough.


During the initial nutrition consultation, your child will work with one of our nutritionists to determine how foods can help restore balance and promote health. We’ll look at your child’s eating patterns, and provide them with dietary recommendations, education, and support to modify behaviors and achieve optimum health through improved nutrition.


Together, we will develop a customized plan of high-quality, nutrient-dense foods to address imbalances and foster the connection between nourishment and healing. Nutrition is the core modality of functional medicine and is the key to building foundation for optimal health.