Hampton, Va. - In response to the increasing demand for therapeutic services, Riverside Behavioral Health Center announces the expansion of the child and adolescent residential programs.

The expansion added room for eight additional children, increasing the number of beds from 60 to 68, which are now available to children and adolescents in need of residential treatment.  With the additional bed space, 2 new classrooms, a community room and renovation of the tennis and basketball courts, we can provide more boys and girls with a positive, structured and caring environment during their treatment.

The residential program, which provides progressive, supportive, therapeutic care and treatment for children, ages six to 12, and adolescents, ages 12 to 17, who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and/or psychological difficulties has expanded its services to include:

  • Substance Abuse Services for residents with dual disorders with more focused therapy and 12 Step Recovery Resources
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques expanding the capability to treat adolescents with underlying Personality Disorder

"I am very excited about the expansion of our facility, this provides us the capability to serve a greater number of youth who are in need of our help," said Administrator Debbie Tanner.  "We constantly evaluate and improve our programs to meet the needs of the community.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center provides a safe, structured, home-like living environment while providing comprehensive treatment and educational services for children who are in need of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week by highly skilled therapists and licensed educators.

"All children should be given the chance to become healthy and productive citizens despite adverse life circumstances," said Dr. Steven Heimann, RBHC’s board certified Child Psychiatrist.

"To be able to help a child in a difficult situation is very rewarding and we believe that every child/adolescent has the potential for growth, development and change," Tanner added.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center is an established mental health care provider recognized statewide as a leader in youth services, founded in 1960 as Bayberry Psychiatric Hospital, Inc. and acquired by Riverside Health System in April, 2000.

Published: September 12, 2006