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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Residential Treatment Center Near Pittsburgh, PA

Our residential program offers individualized care for children and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders and any co-occurring disorders.

Program Overview

The residential treatment program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA

Southwood Psychiatric Hospital offers a specific program for young males who are struggling with multiple diagnoses, including intellectual disabilities and sexually maladaptive behaviors. CHOICES Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, located in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania is a 32-bed facility serving the treatment needs of males aged 10-21 with significant mental health issues along with a history of inappropriate sexual behaviors. Licensed by the State of Pennsylvania as a mental health program, it provides the highest level of structure and supervision for a residential mental health setting, while offering co-occurring intensive specific treatment based on the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy model of Relapse Prevention. Traditional therapies, such as those based on the Cognitive-Behavioral model, will be geared toward the lower functioning clientele and will be individualized according to specific learning needs. The youth accepted to this residential care program often struggle with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.

CHOICES 5 Phase Treatment Program

Southwood residential treatment program

The combination of maladaptive sexual behaviors and intellectual disabilities creates unique treatment challenges that can be met through the CHOICES 5 Phase Treatment Program. The psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities is best accomplished within a comprehensive treatment program specifically designed to meet individualized needs. At Southwood, the treatment of these individuals is carried out through a collaborative interdisciplinary approach in the CHOICES Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). Southwood’s Residential Program is based on providing quality psychiatric care in the least restrictive environment. Following CASSP Principles, the interdisciplinary team works diligently to help the adolescent and family reach their greatest potential. In addition to the Southwood team, the referral sources, State or local agencies, and school staff are all included in the team approach. Communication is maintained with these outside team members by telephone and face-to-face meetings from the pre-admission period through, and including, the discharge processes. Each member of the team that touches the life of PRTF residents is expected to participate in the treatment journey, and this expectation is established during the pre-admission process.

Family Involvement

Family involvement in our treatment programs

Southwood recognizes that the active involvement of family members in the treatment of the individual is of primary importance. Children placed in the CHOICES PRTF benefit from a psycho-educational approach. The CHOICES PRTF staff provides training and education to family members, as well as community-based service providers. Staff recognizes the important role of family members and others working with the individual in the community to provide detailed background information and ongoing support that is essential to diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. This provides a solid foundation for discharge planning.

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

– Former client