Adolescent Day Hospital – Towson

Medical Director: Meena Vimalananda, M.D.

Associate Service Chief: Debra Heck, M.D.

Program Director: Claudia Blaize, R.N.

Admission Information: 410-938-3800

Our Adolescent Day Hospital, located on our Towson campus, is a clinically-intensive day program for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 (as long as the 18-year-old is enrolled in high school) with serious psychiatric problems. This day hospital provides the structure and intensity of an inpatient program to patients who do not require 24-hour observation and treatment. Services take place from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and include:

  • Evaluation/assessment 
  • Medication management 
  • Therapeutic groups 
  • Recreational activities 
  • Family meetings 
  • Aftercare/discharge planning 
  • Transportation provided on an as-needed basis

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at the Adolescent Day Hospital

As of February 2017, the Adolescent Day Hospital at Sheppard Pratt is a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)-informed program. Components of the program include four DBT skills groups taught daily, additional groups that help patients think about how to use DBT in their daily lives, and homework activities that encourage patients to generalize the skills they are learning. 

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Why DBT at the Adolescent Day Hospital? 

  • Most of the adolescents at the Adolescent Day Hospital have the symptoms for which DBT is effective. Importantly, research shows that DBT works for adolescents
  • This new program focuses on teaching skills to patients so that they leave the day hospital with concrete actions they can take and skills to continue working on to work towards feeling better and living the lives they (and families) want.

To learn more about DBT at the Adolescent Day Hospital, click here »

"Thank you so much, staff, for all the hard work you did in order to make sure I was safe. Love you all."

-Former Patient