Adolescent Stabilization Service

The Innercept Adolescent Program offers a continuum of services, including a safe, continuously supervised and low stimulus environment for the support of individuals experiencing a crisis. The primary function of the Adolescent Stabilization environment is to provide residents a quiet and safe environment to stabilize while they plan for their successful return to the Adolescent Program. These services can help to prevent hospitalizations and may mitigate the severity of the crisis. This service is quite unique to residential treatment programs.

On occasion, individuals referred to Innercept are either in psychiatric hospital settings or are experiencing personal crises. These individuals may first come to the Innercept Stabilization setting to assess their clinical readiness to join the larger Adolescent milieu. This initial placement affords the individual time to stabilize, become acquainted with their therapist and oriented to the Innercept Program and it’s personnel. It should be noted that most individuals who enroll at Innercept do not require initial placement in the Stabilization setting and many do not utilize this distinctive  resource.

Individuals may enter a crises for a variety of reasons. For example, they may have had an interruption of needed medications or be experiencing the extremes of a mood episode. Regardless of the cause of the individual’s crisis, Stabilization provides a safe place to recover while learning more effective ways of solving problems. Crisis recovery in the Stabilization occurs in three phases:

Initial Stabilization

The resident focuses on recovering from the emotional upheaval of the crisis situation.  In this phase the individual is encouraged to self-soothe through quiet contemplation, relaxation techniques,  reading and other coping techniques identified by the resident that may have been successful for them in the past.

Problem Identification

During this phase the individual identifies what went wrong, with an emphasis on what part he or she  played in precipitating the crisis. While in this calm setting, and while temporarily removed from the situation that precipitated the crisis, the resident is asked to examine their thinking and feelings leading up to the crisis.


Prior to returning to the Adolescent Program,  the resident formulates a plan to maintain safety and effective functioning.  This plan is constructed with the close collaboration of the individual’s therapist.  A commitment to follow this plan usually signals the resident’s readiness to return to their usual programming.


  • The physical location of the Stabilization setting is located on the Innercept Adolescent Program property.
  • Low stimulus means that electronics are generally unavailable to the resident. The resident is expected to devote their time and energy to their treatment.
  • Twenty-four hour awake staff are present and available to the resident.
  • The individual’s therapist and physician meet with them more frequently and communicate treatment progress to parents.
  • Outside activities, such as school, work or volunteering may be temporarily suspended while the individual stabilizes.
  • Stabilization is not intended to be punitive and is utilized on a short-term basis.