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notMYkid Launches Intensive Outpatient Program for Teens
By Lindsay Hansen - Monday Jan 09, 2023
Scottsdale nonprofit notMYkid is pleased to announce the launch of its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), an early action treatment service aimed at providing teens with valuable skills to help them navigate mental health challenges and life’s obstacles. The new service will begin on January 18th.

“We are excited to bring this new program from vision to reality as the need for mental health services among youth continues to grow,” said notMYkid Chief Executive Officer Kristen Polin. “The team at notMYkid continues to work tirelessly to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community and help families navigate the right care needed for their child. IOP is an excellent solution for a child that needs more than traditional individual counseling can provide. Our intensive curriculum will also connect teens in person to our supportive community of care.”

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released by SAMHSA on January 3rd, 2023, 1 in 5 adolescents had a major depressive episode in the past year. Of these, nearly 75 percent had symptoms consistent with severe impairment, which caused severe problems with their ability to do chores at home, do well at work or school, get along with their family, or have a social life.

Why It Matters:

· The pandemic has fueled a youth mental health crisis

· The opioid crisis is leaving a path of destruction in communities across the nation

· Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for adolescents & young adults 10-24

The Intensive Outpatient Program has a 12-week rotating curriculum and is staffed by master-level clinicians. A multi-faceted approach to treatment will help teens and families achieve the best possible outcome. Elements of the program include three days of weekly group sessions, individual and family counseling, and peer support services.

Program services will take place at notMYkid’s 13,000 square-foot [i]nspired well-being campus that was carefully curated to help meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of children, teens, and young adults.

The organization will begin scheduling and performing comprehensive assessments on Jan. 9. To be admitted into the program, teens between 13-17 must have a primary mental health diagnosis. There are options to have the program's cost covered through insurance or private payments.

To learn more about notMYkid’s full continuum of prevention and behavioral health programs, visit http://www.notMYkid.org.

About notMYkid

OUR MISSION is to ensure every kid thrives by inspiring positive life choices. We offer the highest quality prevention & behavioral health programs, protect youth mental health & well-being, and leverage the power of lived experience to lead authentically. Our core expertise is focused on substance use prevention & recovery and teen mental health. A calendar of events and program offerings are updated daily. For more information and resources, or to donate, visit http://www.notMYkid.org.