Palo Verde Behavioral Health (PVBH) provides inpatient and outpatient mental health care for teens, ages 12 – 17.

According to

  • Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14.
  • One in ten young people have experienced major depression.
  • Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old.
  • Less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need.

It is important to seek help if you think your teen is suffering from a mental health condition. Palo Verde Behavioral Health offers walk-in assessments for teens and can determine the least restrictive level of care for your child.

Inpatient Treatment

Each patient that walks through our facility’s door for mental health treatment is different, and our clinical team assesses each patient individually. Our team works closely with the teen’s family and community professionals in order to plan a treatment that best suits the patient’s needs. Some of our therapeutic services include:

  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Group therapy
  • Family involvement
  • Individual counseling

We strive to provide teens an opportunity to learn different techniques to cope with mental illness. The self-awareness and behavioral management skills that are shared with each patient is designed to have a lasting effect on the teen beyond their adolescent years and into adulthood. We offer medication evaluation and management, group therapy, family involvement, and individual counseling as indicated, with emphasis on:

  • Crisis stabilization and problem solving
  • Anger management
  • Abuse issues
  • Tips for managing stress
  • Interacting socially with others
  • Drug and alcohol assessment and education

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Palo Verde Behavioral Health offers intensive outpatient programming for teens who need support, but who do not require 24-hour care. Patients attend therapy during the day and continue to live at home and attend school.

Substance Use Disorders Among Teens

The best way to spot substance use early is by observing habits of your teen. During the adolescent years, many teenagers act on impulse, which can lead to experimenting new sensations. These are the years that teens can be easily swayed by their peers — all of which may lead to risk-taking. There are stern consequences when teens abuse drugs during adolescence years. The abuse can interfere with meeting social and developmental milestones, in addition to compromise cognitive development.

Suicidal Ideation Among Teens

According to, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 38,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide. With that said, many difficult situations can make a teen consider suicide. Just like adults, teens face stressful situations daily – which can lead to depression. When an individual suffers from depression, it often makes coping with stress even more difficult. Those with support networks – such as family, peers, sports, or social or religious associations – may be able to deal with their feelings however; adolescents without support are more at-risk.

What to Watch For

Parents and guardians can help their teen battling mental illness by being observant of warning signs. Experts state that early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs. By detecting issues in the earlier phases and seeking medical attention early, a teen has an easier road of recovery before symptoms spur out of control. Here are a few early signs of what to watch for:

  • A sudden withdrawal or loss of interest in activities
  • Neglect of personal appearance
  • Drastic changes in personality, eating or sleep patterns
  • General lethargy or lack of energy or difficulty concentrating
  • Violent actions, rebellion or running away
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Headaches or stomach aches
  • Loss of ability to tolerate praise or rewards

These behaviors may lead to the necessity of a structured program that inpatient care provides.

Help is just a phone call away: 844-884-CARE.