i was here from march to late june in 2012... only 2 staff i liked and one part time therapist trying to get his medical degree. he was mike. one of the therapists i liked quit not but 1 month after i got there... his name was derek. i remember the horrors of everyone there and how it was a lockdown facility with concrete walls and nothing like the website today. i was there for suicide at age 17 and 18. and everyone was younger than me and i was in a part of the building on the right where kids ranged from 9 to 15 or 16 and i was at least a year older than the next oldest. like i said, i was there for suicide... but it ended u being a icing hell. I'm not saying anymore! here is the statistics from there page. Capacity: 122-bed residential treatment center Ages Served: 4-21 years old Specialty Populations Served: • Sexually Reactive Behaviors • Aggressive Behaviors • PTSD • Pervasive Developmental Disorders • Sexual Offenders • Autism/Aspergers Accreditation: The Joint Commission Licensure: Georgia DHR—Intensive Residential Treatment
Laurel Heights Hospital
- General Info:
- Laurel Heights Hospital’s new inpatient acute program is designed to effectively treat the psychiatric crisis of children and adolescents who present with a co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neuro-developmental disorders. Stabilization of symptoms, including mood instability, self-injury, suicidal behavior or severe aggression, is accomplished through data-driven clinical collaboration between Child & Adolescent Board Certified Psychiatrists, Board Certified Behavioral Analysts, Licensed Therapists and Certified Special Education Teachers, to meet the medical, psychiatric, social and academic needs of the patients. Treatment takes into consideration the special support needs of children and adolescents who present with co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Laurel Heights specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with complex psychiatric and behavioral problems. In addition to treating patients with general psychiatric difficulties and trauma, Laurel Heights also has specialty programs for children with co-occurring neurodevelopmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our services are offered within several separate programs including:
• Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Program: Serving ages 7 – 17 in psychiatric crisis for children & adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders
• Intensive Residential Treatment Program: Offering a Child Program, serving children ages 7 -12, and an Adolescent Program, serving teens, ages 13 -17 (ages 18 – 21 considered on a case-by-case basis)
• Autism Spectrum Disorders Residential Program: Specialized residential treatment for ages 7 and older combining psychiatric treatment, behavior analytic interventions and strategies to encourage positive behavior and communication.
• TRICARE®-Certified Adolescent Boys Program: Serving adolescent boys, ages 13-17, with a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral difficulties while supporting military families in-person or long-distance for family sessions.
• Laurel Heights Academy: Accredited school by GA Board of Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with certified Special Education Teachers supporting academic needs of all residential patients.
• Specialized Foster Care Program: Providing boys and girls ages 4-17 with emotional or behavioral difficulties an opportunity to live within the community in the naturally therapeutic environment of a family.
Within each campus program, services are provided by a multidisciplinary team, and include:
o Psychiatric Services by Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists
o Nursing Care and medication management
o Crisis Stabilization
o Individual, Family and Group Therapy
o Specialized groups addressing trauma, substance abuse and sexual reactivity
o Recreation/Expressive Therapy
o Psychological Evaluation
o Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Support
o Applied Behavioral Analysis
o Educational Program staffed with certified teachers
o Transition and Discharge Planning
- Druid Hills, Eastside
- Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Clinics
- Other Information:
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Want your daughter to be disgusted by her body after gaining 40 lbs within 8 months? I hope not.
I came to Laurel Heights with no body issues. Now, even though I left over two years ago, I feel as though I might be developing an eating disorder BECAUSE of Laurel Heights.
They "prevent" girls from having EDs by feeding them greasy, fattening slop and telling them that if they don't finish it all then the staff has to mark them down as being an ED risk, which prolongs their stay.
So yeah, if you want your kid to GAIN problems, send them here. If you wanna worry about your kid possibly being abused, Laurel Heights is a good choice. Wanna make your kid CRY? It's Laurel Heights on Briarcliff Ave.
I was a client at Laurel Heights for 9 months back in 1999-2000 and today I have two graduate degrees and work in the healthcare field myself. The trick to Laurel Heights though is that they can only help children/teens who want to change their own behavior, their parents desire for their behavior to change is not enough. I attended high school an extra year when I got out to be able to go to college because of accreditation issues however I had no issues with that because I resolved my other issues first. Parents who would not send their kids to Laurel Heights over that issue need to ask themselves what the odds are their kids will graduate high school anyway without getting help. The staff here are great with their clients. They do not have "attitude" issues but it's also not their job to give parents daily updates they have weekly visitation hours during which parents can come visit their children and see progress for themselves. With only 3-4 staff on duty in a unit on a daily basis they may be busy controlling clients throwing furniture, cutting their wrists etc. they really aren't lazy they just don't have time to sit on the phone and gab. In terms of what I gained from my experience beyond what I came for I learned a great deal about people of other races and religious backgrounds and that really helped to prepare me for the real world. I also found the brothers and sisters I always wanted and never had growing up and true to my promise to them I never forgot any of them although we might have lost touch as I was going through other placements. In fact in grad school many times when I wanted to give up it was my promise to them that was able to keep me going as we all made a pact that if we were successful we'd use that influence to bring attention to issues we faced. Just felt the need to defend a great institution in the community.
Very poor communication with parents. Staff does not often get back to parents, parents get different feedback on child's behavior/progress depending on whom they speak with, so there is no confidence in information provided. Lack of follow-through by unit staff. Some therapists are good and others are very poor (not reviewing patient charts/files prior to family therapy sessions, rendering sessions useless). Psychiatrist good. School poor, with no significant consequences if students don't complete assignments for our child. Personal items lost or missing and medicine not given as directed on several occasions. Need to stay on top of things if you send your child here.
Posted: 5/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My 16 year old daughter seems to be making some good progress at LHH however I am basing this on what she tells me since I don't get regular updates from docs and therapists. The communication with staff has been difficult to non-existent. I call regularly for updates and get treated as a nuisance. Some staff have big attitude problems and seem to feel attacked when approached with any questions. Return phone calls and emails can take over a week! Met with the principal of the ""accredited"" school to write a 504 Plan. They informed me my daughter wouldn't be receiving any high school credits since they just pick and chose GPS to teach at random. When I addressed questions such as certification, accreditation, and best practices I was met with silence and blank stares. My daughter has related stories of staff being rude and disrespectful to her, but that's her side so I don't know what actually occurred. I do know it takes them a VERY long time to distribute her belongings/mail to her and that some items have been misplaced while awaiting check in. All in all, she's content there so I am satisfied for now. If she wasn't showing any progress I would run for the hills.