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Adolescent acute stabilization program (AASP)

Short-term, outpatient mental health treatment for teens with a goal of treating and stabilizing serious mental health issues.

When your teen needs urgent and intensive care for a mental health condition, Allina Health’s Adolescent Acute Stabilization Program (AASP) can help. AASP may be an option instead of hospitalization for mental health treatment or for care immediately following hospitalization. Our program is for teens 13-18 years old and lasts an average of 10 days.

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What it is

Short-term mental health treatment for teens. We work with your teen and family to treat and stabilize serious mental health conditions. Our program takes place in a hospital, but participants don’t stay overnight.

 

AASP is designed for teens who require urgent, more intensive care than is offered by other adolescent partial hospitalization programs.

 

The program meets Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are closed for major holidays and weather emergencies (based on Minneapolis Public School District).

We focus on therapy and family dynamics including:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy 
  • dialectical behavioral therapy 
  • family therapy
  • group psychotherapy
  • nursing assessments 
  • parent support groups
  • planning for returning to school
  • psychiatric evaluation and management.

Good for treating

  • anxiety
  • bipolar conditions
  • depression
  • parent-child conflict
  • psychosis
  • school avoidance
  • self-harming behaviors
  •  trauma.

What to expect

A typical day looks like this:

9-10 a.m. Check-in/Goal Setting

10-11 a.m. Healthy Habits

11 a.m.-noon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Social Skills

1-2 p.m. Group Therapy

2-3 p.m. Distress Tolerance and Safety Planning

Good to know

An intake with a mental health professional is required for admission. Intakes are done Monday through Friday by appointment. You may be referred to our program from many health care settings.

A parent must be present to complete your teen’s admission intake on the first morning. You also must be available by phone for daily contact with staff and an in-person family therapy session (times vary). A parenting support group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. and is strongly recommended, but not required.

Insurance

Most health insurance plans cover mental health treatment through a partial hospital program. We can help you check your coverage before starting.

For referring providers

To make a referral, please fax a completed referral form and last clinical note to 612-863-4181, ATTN: AASP.  In addition, please call AASP at 612-863-3307, and leave a voicemail with a callback number.

Transportation

Parents and guardians are responsible for arranging and confirming daily transportation of your child. Contracted transportation through insurance or your home school district is accepted. Please note that not all school districts will transport to our program because there is no school educational component.

Please instruct drivers to call 612-863-4037 at pick-up and drop-off to ensure safety of your child.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided as part of the program.

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