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New Perspectives - Dec, 1997 Issue #49

Lakewood, California
by: Craig M. Brown Ph.D.

The Center for Discovery is located in the city of Lakewood, California. We are licensed by the State of California and are accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). 

The Discovery treatment program offers a full range of psychiatric and psychological services including group and individual psychotherapy, conjoint family therapy, family groups, psychiatric interventions and psychological testing. Post-discharge and continuing care meetings are provided to residents and families at no charge. 

Discovery’s educational component draws the child into the challenge of the academic process. Our goal is to provide the tools and the “know how” to each resident that they may become successful in the academic arena. Our Director of Educational Services has substantial experience in both teaching and administrative aspects of education. 

Several points normally requested by interested persons: 

Our physician, Jennifer Heitkamp, M.D. is licensed and board certified in child/adolescent psychiatry. 

Pharmacological interventions are monitored by Dr. Heitkamp. Any physician who wishes to follow a patient through the treatment experience may do so by attaining temporary privileges through our professional staff organization. 

Each resident is seen individually three times each week by his/her primary therapist, and once in conjoint session with the resident’s family. Each family may attend multi-family groups twice weekly. When an increased number of individual sessions is indicated, they are provided at no extra charge. 

The Center for Discovery offers “step-down” levels of treatment as well as the full residential program. 

Supervision is provided on a twenty-four hour basis. No resident is ever left alone. 

Our organization has contracted with many managed care companies and accepts most insurance and third party payers. 

We have designed our system to respond to our customers in the best way possible, that is, with flexibility, speedy response, and cost effectiveness. We offer the quality of care consistent with a hospital setting at a cost normally found in a residential environment. 

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