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Adolescent Mental Health & Substance Use Programs

Ages 13-18

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in person Chicago, IL
Oak Brook, IL
Silver Spring, MD
ages 13-18
Treatment Levels IOP, PHP
Program Overview - Compass Health Center

Program Overview

Compass Health Center offers Mental Health & Substance Use Programs for ages 13-18 to support teens struggling with anxiety and/or depressive symptoms, alongside substance use that is negatively impacting their functioning. Our evidence-based curriculum uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals achieve their treatment goals. Compass uses a variety of treatment approaches ranging from harm reduction to abstinence based on an individual’s treatment needs and concurrent mental health symptoms. Our goal is to help individuals understand the relationship between their mental health and substance use.

Adolescents in this program will participate in regular meetings with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner 1-3x weekly as appropriate and weekly sessions with a master’s level clinician and/or Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). Weekly family therapy sessions are required. Urine drug screen monitoring is required based on treatment team recommendations.

Compass’s Oak Brook location offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Compass’s Chicago location offers an After-School Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Over the summer, Chicago will offer this program during the day.

What to Expect - Compass Health Center

What to Expect

Compass’s multi-disciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient that includes:

  • Full psychiatric evaluation
  • Regular psychiatric consultations with a dedicated psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Medication and medical monitoring with nursing team to support the recovery process through a holistic and educational approach
  • Daily structured group therapy
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a dedicated individual therapist
  • Regular family therapy sessions with a dedicated family therapist
  • Experiential therapies such as art therapy, movement therapy, yoga, or mindfulness
  • Ongoing reassessments, modifications to treatment plan and recommendations for continuity of care

Compass’s customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted over the course of treatment. Program participants work with therapists who specialize in substance use, as well as mood and anxiety. This individualized approach to treatment supports people in moving towards achieving a meaningful and functional life.

Treatment Modalities - Compass Health Center

Treatment Modalities

  • Psychiatric assessment and medication management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Experiential & Creative Arts therapies

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If this is an emergency or crisis situation, call 911 immediately. If you are an existing patient, please call Compass's office directly. For all other questions, concerns, or inquiries, please use the contact form and the Compass team will get back to you as soon as possible.


    Our Success Stories

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    Compass saved my life! I came into Compass with suicidal ideations and no hope. After a couple of weeks of being in the program, I did not have those thoughts anymore. Compass helped me change my mindset, from a negative pattern of thoughts to a more positive and optimistic frame of mind.

    Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

    My child is leaving Compass more equipped to handle her emotions, her anxiety, her depression, and the things that all trigger these. She is willing to use the skills, which is a huge change, and this is all due to how well Compass worked for her.

    Parent of Child Patient
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    I liked how in Compass, everyone was respectful of my opinions, pronouns, and preferred name. There was no judging, and you can open up to people. I also like how I can relate to other kids. I also really appreciate learning new skills.

    Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

    Compass is a godsend. An amazing program for children who are struggling and families who are seeking help and guidance. I could not imagine that she would be so much better in less than 2 months. I wish we could have found Compass without going to the ER. Thanks for all you do!

    Parent of Child Patient
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    The evening IOP program challenged me in a supportive and respectful way to help change my way of thinking. Compass provided me with the tools to help deal with life situations in a healthy way.

    Adult Patient