Posted: Dec 26, 2006, 13:26
ASPEN INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT
Jared Balmer, PhD, Founder
Also referred to as THE INSTITUTE at Island View, this new facility is licensed as a 26-bed acute and sub-acute treatment facility by the Utah Department of Health. It is also accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The typical length of stay is 4-5 weeks and its purpose is to help clarify diagnoses and help develop a plan for optimal future intervention options. The Institute is designed to provide in-depth assessments for children who are not responding well to current interventions.
Short-term stabilization care can be part of the services provided by the Institute, but the main purpose is to help clarify what a child's problems are and assess exactly what each child needs for future treatment. This personalized assessment is for the child presenting a complicated picture and needing a more in depth assessment, or the child who is not progressing in their present program and needs professionals to stand back and look for what the child is missing.
Another goal of the Institute is to integrate the array of diagnostic and assessment data which will result in "prescriptive protocols", or road maps for future services. A wide variety of therapeutic services are available because important information can be obtained by observing how the child responds to therapy, their environment and other activities. A detailed report on the child's problems, as well as suggested techniques needed, will be available upon graduation.
[The information was developed from the bulletin mailed out in November.]