Admissions

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in adolescent treatment. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

Who We Serve

Population treated at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

At Southstone Behavioral Health, we are pleased to provide comprehensive care for adolescents of all genders ages 11-17 who are suffering from mental health concerns. Our mission is to serve this specific demographic in a unique way, not only by offering programminthat is tailored to meet the needs of adolescents based on the symptoms they are experiencing, but also by approaching their care with their specific stage of life in mind. We specialize in treating chronic trauma and attachment concerns, but our programming also addresses a full range of mental health conditions, including: 

  • Adjustment disorders 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Conduct disorder 
  • Suicidal ideation 
  • Self-harm 
  • Oppositional defiant disorder 
  • Schizophrenia 

Treating mental health concerns is our primary focus at Southstone, and we cannot provide care for adolescents whose needs are solely addiction-based. However, we can address addiction concerns if they are not severe and when they are co-occurring with a mental health diagnosis. 

Adolescents who receive care in our program must be medically stable, have an IQ of 75 or higher, and be physically and cognitively capable of participating in the therapeutic services we provide. 

Please note that we do not treat adjudicated sex offenders. 

Admissions Process

Admissions process at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

The admissions process can begin with parents or guardians contacting our facility directly, or with outside professionals submitting referralsWhen you contact Southstone, you will speak with a member of our admissions staff. You also have the option of sending in a referral application via our website, at which time someone from our team will reach out to you. As part of our screening process, we require that an adolescent’s caregiver provide us with detailed background information. This includes information on the youth’s medical history, psychiatric history, education, and a social and developmental summary. The purpose of requesting this information is to ensure that we have a full understanding of what the adolescent’s needs are so that we can determine if we are capable of providing them with the care they need. 

When we receive an admission inquiry, our clinical director will review all relevant information and determine if our programming is appropriate for the adolescent needing care. Based on this review, the clinical director will accept the referral, deny the referral, request more clinical information, or request a clinical interview with the adolescent and their parents or guardians. If we determine that we are unable to meet the specific needs of the adolescent, we will provide referrals to other providers when requested. 

If an adolescent is appropriate for our programming, we will work with them and their family to schedule a time for admission. 

What to Expect

What to expect when starting treatment at Southstone

On the day of admission, the adolescent and their parents or guardians will first meet with our director of admissions and receive handbooks outlining our policies and procedures. Questions are encouraged so that everyone feels comfortable with the next steps.

After this meeting, the adolescent will meet with nursing staff who will take vital signs and complete a general nursing and pain assessment. This also includes an interview with the parents or guardians. Once these assessments are complete, the adolescent and their parents or guardians will be introduced to one of our youth specialists who will provide a tour of the unit, review safety protocols, and begin the orientation process.

Adolescents entering treatment can also expect to receive a psychiatric and neurodevelopmental evaluation, as well as a mental status exam and medication assessment.

Our goal is to make this process as seamless and comfortable as possible. We recognize that entering treatment can be intimidating, and we also know that it can be challenging for parents and guardians to place their children in our care. We strive to alleviate any concerns by giving detailed explanations of what to expect and providing thorough answers to any questions asked.

Learn More

Starting the admissions process

If you believe that your son or daughter could benefit from the services we provide at Southstone, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions department. Our knowledgeable staff members are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to provide assistance as you determine what will be of most benefit to your child.

Or, if you are providing medical or psychiatric treatment to an adolescent and believe that they require a higher level of care, please contact our admissions department at your convenience to begin the referral process.