Parent Concerns About Teen Mental Health Treatment

Addressing Parent Concerns About Teen Mental Health Treatment


The decision to enroll your child in mental health or substance use disorder treatment comes with its challenges. Most parents find they have lots of questions and concerns at the beginning of the process, and rightfully so.

But we’re here to help give you ease, providing information about the process and available treatments.

Do You Have Trained and Qualified Mental Health Staff?


Horizon Recovery meets, and often exceeds state and federal standards for teen substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. Our licensed therapists are physically on site 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Our licensed therapists schedule individual and family therapy sessions during the week, run group therapy sessions in the house, and are available for our residents anytime they have additional needs.

Licensed Clinical Director

Our independently licensed clinical director oversees our clinical treatment program and all our therapists. She provides one hour of oversight and training to our therapists per week and is available for consultation at any time. She also provides two hours of training and oversight for our Behavioral Health Technicians twice a month.

Licensed Medical Director

The medical director at Horizon Recovery oversees all medical treatment and sets our protocols. She is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in behavioral health treatment. Our collaborating physician is a licensed addictionologist who also specializes in behavioral health treatment.

Nurse Practitioner

Our nurse practitioner is dual-certified as both a family medical and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She provides frequent evaluations and assists our residents with medical and psychiatric management.

Well-Trained and Certified Behavioral Health Technicians


All Behavioral Health Technicians (BHTs) at Horizon Recovery are required to have many additional training and certifications above and beyond the Arizona Department of Health requirements. These include de-escalation, recovery coaching, AZ food handler’s certification cards, and training in life skills, as well as identifying and preventing self-harm behaviors.

We also contract with many licensed specialty therapy providers, such as animal-assisted therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, yoga and meditation therapy, and personal training. Our dedication to training, certification, and staff development is just one of the many reasons Horizon Recovery offers Arizona’s most well-rounded teen mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Expert-trained and certified staff at Horizon Recovery

  • Our Licensed Therapists are physically on-site five days a week.
  • Our Licensed Clinical Director oversees the clinical treatment program and trains staff.
  • The Medical Director is a board-certified psychiatrist, and the Collaborating Physician is a licensed addictionologist; both are behavioral health specialists.
  • All Behavioral Health Techs have training and certification exceeding AZ requirements.

Medication Management at Horizon Recovery

New medication approval

During the initial assessment and screening process, our providers will complete a comprehensive analysis of your teen’s prescribed medications and symptoms. The medications will be evaluated to ensure the appropriate medication and dose is prescribed for the presenting diagnoses and current symptoms. Any recommendations will be discussed with the legal guardian/parents for approval before adjusting or prescribing new medications.

We also offer genetic testing for patients and parents who are interested to determine the effectiveness of specific classes of medications. This allows our providers to prescribe medications that will be more effective.

Notifications of medication changes

During the residents’ stay, any recommended changes to dosages, stopping, or starting medications will be discussed with the legal guardian/parents for approval before adjusting or prescribing new medications.

Frequency of provider visits/appointments

Residents will see the provider as often as clinically indicated, at a minimum once weekly.

Legal guardians/parents will be able to contact the provider directly to address any concerns they may have.

Can My Teen Continue With School During Treatment?

Our focus is on providing the highest quality therapy and treatment possible. We believe that the adolescent and the family must use their time in treatment to focus on true healing and recovery. Residential Treatment consists of 44 hours of various forms of treatment and therapy during the week. This equates to approximately 9 hours of therapy Monday-Friday.

Horizon Recovery has partnered with Advantages School International to provide the opportunity to continue their education with an accredited school. During the intake process, the adolescents and their parents will collaborate with our Education Coordinator to determine which classes and how many classes may be appropriate to start during their treatment. Any classes started during treatment may be continued with Advantages School International after graduation or discharge from Horizon Recovery, allowing completion of the course credit.

Other topics for tutoring include aptitude testing, test-taking skills classes, time management classes, and other life skills that are needed to help a child’s overall education progression.

How Will I Communicate and Stay in Contact with My Child?

We believe effective communication between the resident and their family is crucial to helping the family heal together. We have developed policies that attempt to balance a parent’s legal right to visit and speak with their child whenever they want to, with our clinician’s recommendations of sometimes allowing space for healing before attempting family-based discussions and therapy.

Our residents can use our landline a minimum of twice daily. They may call individuals on the approved contact list (this is created during the intake process). Residents may also call more often if needed.

Visitation is on the weekends. Up to 6 family members may visit our residents and even bring a favorite meal to share for a 2-hour reserved block of time. Our clinical team recommends that a resident complete at least one family therapy session before visiting.

What Happens After Residential Treatment For Teens?

Every teen we treat receives a comprehensive treatment and discharge plan designed especially for their individual needs. As our teens in residential mental health or substance abuse treatment begin to approach graduation, our clinical team will determine what level of ongoing treatment will best suit them after residential care.

Our clinical team and staff will provide you with the appropriate clinical recommendations and resources needed before discharge. Our staff will assist with any questions, concerns, or needs. You will also receive a graduation packet that includes all of this information in written form.

Horizon Recovery offers a Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Therapy, Traditional Outpatient Therapy, ongoing individual and Family Therapy, and medication management through our outpatient clinic. We offer all of our services both in-person and via telehealth. By choosing to utilize Horizon Recovery for continuing care, there is no need for referrals and other potential complications.

Family Therapy and Family Involvement

We believe that families recover together. The family is always impacted by mental health challenges, including substance use disorders. The family also has the potential to be an important part of a recovering teen’s healing process.

As family members understand the teen’s diagnosis and treatment goals, they can better help them achieve those goals. Families also need healing, support, and direction.

We believe involving the family in therapy whenever possible can help ensure our patients have the best possible long-term outcomes. This is why we also offer additional family support, including a family liaison, that goes above and beyond what you will find at most similar programs.

Evidence-Based Treatment for Teens


Our program embraces evidence-based care principles. What this means is that our mental health treatment methods are chosen for their effectiveness, as proven in clinical research. We deliver careful diagnosis of any mental health disorders followed by compassionate treatment.

Our rigorous approach to quality of care never compromises the human element. We see every teen as an individual with a unique set of experiences, needs, and challenges. Every patient we treat receives an individualized mental health treatment plan, which will evolve with them as they progress through treatment

The evidence-based care approach to teen mental health:

  • Begins with a precision diagnosis of mental health disorders.
  • Employs treatment methods proven effective by clinical research.
  • Grows with the patient as they progress through treatment.

Mental Health Conditions We Treat

We treat a variety of mental health conditions for teens, including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binging)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Specific Phobias (ex. Arachnophobia)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Complex PTSD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Teen self-harm
  • And More

Complete Care at Horizon Recovery


At Horizon Recovery, our mission is to provide compassionate, effective mental health and substance abuse treatment for teens and adolescents.

We provide an immersive, therapeutic environment for teen mental health care at our Phoenix, AZ facility. This is a safe space for healing and growth. Teens with depression, anxiety, or trauma disorders that don’t necessarily require residential mental health treatment can benefit from our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and outpatient therapy programs. An important part of our assessment process is helping to determine which level of care is appropriate.

The Levels of Care at Horizon Recovery:

  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Outpatient Therapy

Horizon Recovery’s Promise


When you choose Horizon Recovery for your teen’s mental health treatment, you can rest assured they will receive exemplary care from one of the Southwest’s leading teen and adolescent mental health treatment centers. We welcome the opportunity to help. Please call us at (602) 755-7858 with any questions or concerns.