DIRECTION BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ASSOCIATES
Direction is a diverse team of clinicians dedicated to bringing excellent, innovative mental health care to children and their families. Over the past 16 years, we have served over 3000 clients and have won over a lot of skeptical kids who thought that mental health care has to be really boring.
At the heart of Direction is our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), both of which offer daily psychiatric services including group therapy, work with parents, and medication management. The IOP runs 3 hours per day, the PHP runs 5 hours per day. They are designed for clients dealing with all forms of mental health and substance abuse crises which demand more attention than standard outpatient treatment can provide. The programs last for several weeks and is covered by the vast majority of insurances. Clients finishing the PHP often step down to the IOP. The programs are offered for kids between the age of 12 and 21.
In addition to these programs, Direction is stepping up efforts to offer other help to families searching for mental health resources in a state which simply does not have enough. Aided by the young folks here who know a lot more about technology than us, we are working to create online content in the form of blogs, e-books, videos, and online parenting groups open to the public.
Offering mental health services to youth and their families at our newly-expanded location in Nashua, NH.
PHOTOS OF OUR NEW HOME
Check out some pictures of our new space here.
WE''VE MOVED TO A KILLER NEW FACILITY
Our new facility is in the same building but down the hall from the old space. It boasts 8000 square feet spread over two levels. It includes a gymnasium with a basketball hoop, pickleball net, and professional-grade exercise area. We have numerous musical instruments, a PA system, and quite literally could (and will at some point) put on a rock concert here. Outside, we have a huge parking area and area along the river which make for great frisbee. We are located at one end of Mines Falls which offers great nature trails we frequently take the kids for walks on. There is a cafe located immediately upstairs from us. Kids are usually wide-eyed when they see the space -- it doesn't look like a mental health facility, it looks like a summer camp.
YOUNGER CHILD IOP (Ages 7ish - 12ish)
... in the works, target opening date in April!
DIRECTION'S COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION: SAME MOJO, DIFFERENT WORDS
"Wholeistic Education" (WED) has been Direction's unique clinical model and language for 16 years. After lots of thinking, writes, and re-writes, we've come up with much simpler and more concise language to communicate the tried-and-true concepts of WED as it pertains to both our clinical work and parenting in general. Yes, Joe was a genius, but anyone who knew him would tell you it sometimes seemed as if he were speaking in tongues. We call it Direction's Community-Based Education, and you can read about it here.
NEW PARENT HANDBOOK!
We have put the finishing touches on our new Parent Handbook and copies are available. The Handbook is more than just an introduction to Direction. It offers a full description of our philosophy and approach to both treatment and parenting in general. The "Leadership Principles" is part of our new Community-Based Education Model, and a reorganization of all the stuff we believe makes for good parenting in a clearer, simpler, and more down-to-earth format. Check it out here: