Avera Behavioral Health Center focuses on the treatment and healing of patients with a variety of behavioral health conditions. Our expert staff and state-of-the-art facility focuses on behavioral health treatment for child/adolescent, adults and seniors.
If a mental health problem is suspected, call the Avera Behavioral Health Assessment line at
We will work closely with you and your child to help identify stressors that may be causing difficulties. We teach a variety of coping skills to help your child deal more appropriately with situations that have previously been a source of distress. Common reasons for children and adolescents to need behavioral health services:
- Attention deficit disorder
- Hyperactivity disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
Family meetings are an integral part of our program. A clinician assigned by your child’s doctor will facilitate these meetings. This is an opportunity to be updated on the progress of your child’s treatment and to discuss important family issues.
To ensure your child doesn’t fall behind, he or she will attend educational programming while receiving treatment. We will partner with your child’s school. Please bring in school books as soon as possible to ensure that your child remains caught up with his or her studies.
Child and adolescent reward system
Both programs utilize positive reinforcement systems to build confidence and produce change.
Your child’s support team
- Child psychiatrist
- Nursing staff
- Behavioral Health Technicians
- Expressive therapists and teachers
- A case manager
- Social workers
Adult A & B Programs
Inpatient treatment adult programs are designed to assess, evaluate, and treat behavioral health conditions and to provide education and recommendations to patients and their loved ones.
Adult A Program
The most common reasons adults of all ages seek behavioral health services on Adult A include:
- Addictive Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
On the Adult A Program, special considerations are implemented for patient safety and comfort. A variety of therapeutic activities are provided under the direction of a psychiatrist.
Adult B Program
The most common reasons adults of all ages seek behavioral health services on Adult B include:
- Addictive Disorders
- Personality Disorders
On the Adult B Program we provide three treatment tracks based on the needs of the individual and determined by their psychiatrist. Tracks include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Healthy Living Therapy
Program overview and goals
- Our adult programs are short-term acute programs; length of stay will be variable based on your needs and will be determined by your treatment team.
- During your hospital stay, you will receive a comprehensive assessment of your mental health needs. Your team of providers will work with you to evaluate your diagnoses and develop a treatment plan to address your needs.
- Our treatment program is focused on group therapy with peers and will include individual conversations with staff. Communicating with staff and attending group therapy allows you to gain new insights and receive support from others.
- Your treatment team will also help you plan for continued psychological care as needed to help you maintain stability.
- Our programs offer numerous treatment options that have been proven helpful and effective.
- Your primary health care team is comprised of the attending psychiatrist, resident physicians, nurses, behavioral health technicians, expressive therapists, social workers, and a case manager.
- Individual therapy and family meetings may be ordered by your physician based on your treatment needs.
- Psychologist or unit therapists involved when directed by the psychiatrist.
Caring for seniors
The Senior Program at Avera Behavioral Health Center focuses on the comprehensive evaluation of symptoms. Areas of emphasis include: depression, anxiety, delirium, dementia, bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms of hallucinations, delusional beliefs and disorganized thought process, and other behavioral difficulties.
Environment of care
A welcoming, calming and healing environment exists within a brightly lit day area. Special considerations are implemented for patient safety and comfort.
Coordination of care
Our goal is to alleviate the behavioral and psychological symptoms while trying to minimize adverse reactions to available treatment options. Families and patients are involved in education and development of the treatment plan.
Group therapies and activities are offered to encourage socialization and support to meet each individual patients needs:
- Expressive therapy
- Music therapy
- Creative therapy
- Reminiscence activities
The treatment team approach is collaborative under the direction of a psychiatrist with nursing staff, residents, physicians, social workers, dietitians and any additional support to best meet the patient’s needs.