Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Intellectual Developmental Disability / Autism Spectrum Disorder Residential Program

Southwood Hospital is proud to offer an Intellectual Developmental Disability / Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD) residential program for children and adolescents.

Program Overview

Learn more about the Intellectual Developmental Disability / Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD) Residential Treatment Program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

The psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disabilities is best accomplished within a comprehensive treatment program specifically designed to meet individualized needs. For this reason, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital has created an Intellectual Developmental Disability / Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD) Residential Treatment Program. Located in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, the IDD/ASD Program provides treatment for up to 44 males between the ages of 6 and 21 years of age. The staff-to-child ratio in this program is 1:4, ensuring that each patient who takes part in this programming option has the thorough support he needs to be successful during the treatment process.

Services Offered

Learn more about services included in the IDD/ASD Program.

In our IDD/ASD Program, the treatment of the children and adolescents who are entrusted into our care is best effected through a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that follows the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) principles. The foundation of these principles guide the therapeutic process by incorporating the following:

  • Child-centered services
  • Family-focused services
  • Community-based services
  • Multi-system services
  • Least restrictive / least intrusive services

In following these principles, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed for each patient through collaboration with the child himself, the child’s family members, and child-serving systems that have already been identified in the child’s life. These individuals and entities form the interdisciplinary team that meets regularly to review progress toward the attainment of the long-term goals and short-term objectives identified in the treatment plan. In this fashion, the approach to each child will be strengths-based, therapeutic, and developmentally appropriate in regards to meeting each child where he is at both emotionally and cognitively. This also helps to assure that treatment will be as brief and intensive as possible.

Our Approach

Learn more about our approach to treatment in the IDD/ASD Program.

Knowledge and implementation of basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and/or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are a primary focus of the IDD/ASD program. Any approach should begin with a thorough functional behavioral analysis (FBA). The child’s therapist is responsible for coordinating the FBA, which could include a review of the child’s medical and clinical charts, the child’s IEP and ICMP, an interview with a family member, an interview with direct care staff, an interview with the child, and the use of both clinical assessments and direct observations using an ABC data sheet. Following that, the therapist will complete a formal FBA evaluation form which will be implemented as part of the child’ individualized treatment plan.

Family Involvement

Southwood encourages family involvement throughout treatment.

The IDD/ASD Program strongly encourages the family to participate in all aspects of treatment with the understanding that the family is the child’s primary support system. Family members are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Adhering to this belief, the IDD/ASD Program is committed to building strong family relationships, actively involving the family in each step of a child’s treatment process. Interventions are developed and implemented in the residential setting that can be transferred to the home and community environments once a child has completed residential treatment in order to ensure the generalization of skills across all areas of a child’s life.

The IDD/ASD Program recognizes that the active involvement of family members in the treatment of the individual is of primary importance. Children and adolescents who engage in this residential treatment program benefit from a psychoeducational approach. The IDD/ASD Program’s staff members provide training and education to family members, as well as other child-serving systems. Our staff recognizes the important role of family members and other in regards to working with the individual in the community in order to obtain detailed background information and ongoing support that is essential to appropriate diagnosing and assessment distribution. This also serves to provide a solid foundation for discharge planning. The relationship between Southwood staff, family members, and other individuals in the child’s life is seen as a fully collaborative one and is essential to the care and overall wellbeing of the child.

I learned a lot during my stay here which helped me in my longer journey.

– Former client