Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC)
The Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) Sub-Acute Unit serves as a therapeutic alternative to detention.
Young people who show signs of severe and persistent psychiatric symptoms are admitted to a sub-acute hospitalization program at the Harris County Psychiatric Hospital. This program is based on a behavioral management system. There is no set length of stay.
Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) Sub-Acute Program consists of a structured day involving school work, group therapy, recreation therapy, outdoor activities, weekly individual therapy, and medication management. Some young people also receive family therapy or Home and Family Safety Planning, depending on their court recommendations.
Group topics include: Interpersonal Relationships, Mood/Emotional Regulation, Behavioral Regulation, Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Court Education, Psychosis, Trauma, Problem-Solving, Substance Use, Suicidal Thoughts/Behaviors, Self-Injurious Thoughts/Behaviors, Suicide Safety Planning, Homicide Safety Planning, Process Group, Nursing Group.
Acute vs Sub-Acute
Sub-acute is considered to be a "step down" from acute hospitalization. These are young people that are relatively psychiatrically stable, although they may require clarification of diagnosis or adjustment of medication. They should be willing and able to participate in the treatment program and be in a position to gain some benefit from it. These services should help prepare the young person to then move to a less psychiatrically restrictive setting, be that home, placement, or the JJC.
An acute hospitalization would be a child that is in active crisis, such as a young person that is experiencing active psychosis. In this stage of crisis, a young person is not able to participate in a sub-acute treatment program. They must be stabilized first and can then be considered for transfer to the sub-acute program.
1. Ages 13-17
3. Primary pschiatric diagnosis
4. Willingness to participate in the treatment program