Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, Psychiatric Hospital

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Southwood Psychiatric Hospital provides a broad scope of treatment services at the inpatient and residential levels for children, adolescents, and young adults who have been experiencing a variety of mental and behavioral health disorders.

The program provides care at three locations:

  • Southwood Psychiatric Hospital: a 60-bed inpatient treatment center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • CHOICES Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF):  a 32-bed center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
  • Intellectual Developmental Disability / Autism Spectrum Disorder (IDD/ASD) Residential Treatment Program: a 44-bed center in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

The main hospital in Pittsburgh offers inpatient care for children and adolescents, ages 4 to 18. Treatment occurs in six separate and secure units. Children ages 4 to 12 are cared for in a coeducational environment, while adolescents ages 13 to 18 participate in gender-specific treatment.

Each child or adolescent who heals at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital completes a thorough admissions assessment and receives a personalized treatment plan. With a goal of helping young people achieve a level of stabilization that will allow them to transition to a less intensive level of care, treatment at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital typically involves the following elements:

  • Individual sessions: Conducted an average of every other day throughout a young person’s time at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
  • Group therapy: Multiple sessions each day, led by master’s level clinicians, nurses, or other experienced professionals, to address a variety of topics
  • Experiential therapy: Expressive arts therapy, including art and music, as well as yoga, recreational therapy, and a host of additional interactive experiences
  • Family support: Family therapy session upon admission, additional sessions while the child or adolescent is in treatment, and daily contact with parents or other caregivers to update them on the young person’s progress

The CHOICES PRTF in Bridgeville is designed for adolescent boys and young men ages 10 to 21 whose mental health struggles have involved inappropriate sexual behaviors. Many but not all of the young people who are treated at CHOICES have also been impacted by mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. At CHOICES, boys and young men receive intensive personalized services in a highly structured and closely supervised treatment environment.

The IDD/ASD center in Canonsburg treats male children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6 to 21 who have been experiencing severe emotional, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Treatment is provided by multidisciplinary teams of professionals who incorporate the principles established by the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP), with a strong family support component.

At all locations and in all programs, the goal of Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is to provide focused solutions that will improve the quality of life for young people while also empowering family members to best support the young person’s continued progress.


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Pittsburgh PA