Adolescent Mental Health Services

REACH Outpatient Program

Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Medication Management and Outpatient Group Therapy for adolescents up to age 17.

The REACH Youth program focuses on meeting the emotional, behavioral and psychiatric health needs of children and adolescents between the ages of 5-17 and their families. Held in the afternoon, the IOP provides three hours of group-based treatment from Monday-Thursday.  There is a with multi-family group session on Thursday. It is essential that parents/guardians actively participate in their youth’s treatment by attending the multi-family group sessions.

REACH is located at 1558 Barnum Ave in Bridgeport, in the Barnum Avenue Business Center. For more information about our services, call 203-384-3377 Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, and Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Who May Need Our Help?

Youth with the following symptoms may benefit from treatment: 

  • Depression or social isolation 
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Extreme mood swings 
  • Aggressive behavior 
  • School avoidance 
  • Oppositional behavior 
  • Thoughts of harming themselves 

Medication Management

For those who need ongoing medication monitoring. These are typically 15-minute visits with a focus on psychopharmacology. Patients are encouraged to have additional support in place as these are not individual therapy appointments.

Outpatient Group Therapy

A step-down from IOP level of care, or for patients in need of less intensive care, REACH offers weekly group-based therapy sessions for continued symptom management.

Our Staff

The REACH Youth Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes a child and adolescent psychiatrist, advance practice registered nurse, clinical coordinator, registered nurse, clinical social workers, recreational therapist, art therapist, psychiatric technician and support staff. Staff also consult with other medical and rehabilitation specialists and nutritionists as needed.

How to Access the Program

Patients may be referred by schools, clinics, physicians, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), emergency departments, inpatient facilities and other healthcare providers. Parents may also make direct referrals to the program.

To make a referral, or to schedule an intake appointment, please call 203-384-3377, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday, and 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Friday.

Youth Program Hours: The program meets daily, Monday - Thursday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Families are required to attend the multi-family support group on Thursdays. 

Transportation: Courtesy transportation may be available. Contact us for more information.

Insurance

The REACH Youth Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by many commercial insurance plans.

Who May Need Our Help?

Children who exhibit the following symptoms may benefit from treatment:

  • depression or social isolation
  • suicidal thoughts or passive death wish
  • extreme mood swings
  • aggressive, threatening behavior
  • hyperactivity
  • school avoidance or refusal
  • oppositional behavior

Youth Program Hours (13-17 years of age)

Monday, Monday–Wednesday: 1:30–4:30 pm; Thursday (multi-family group): 1:30–4:00 pm

Families are required to attend the weekly multi-family support group.

Our Staff

The REACH Youth Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes a child and adolescent psychiatrist, advance practice registered nurse, clinical coordinator, registered nurse, clinical social workers, recreational therapist, art therapist, psychiatric technician and support staff. Staff also consult with other medical and rehabilitation specialists and nutritionists as needed.

Staff also consult with other medical and rehabilitation specialists and nutritionists as needed.

How to Access the Program

Patients may be referred by schools, clinics, physicians, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), emergency departments, inpatient facilities and other healthcare providers. Parents may also make direct referrals to the program. Please call 203-384-3377, 8:30-5:00 pm and ask for an evaluation appointment.

Courtesy transportation may be available. Contact us for more information.

Insurance

The REACH Youth Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by many commercial insurance plans.