Enhancements to outpatient behavioral health services for children/teens

APPLETON, Wis. (March 5, 2019) – Ascension Wisconsin and Catalpa Health are announcing that Catalpa’s current day treatment program will transition to Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus in Appleton. Catalpa will offer a new intensive outpatient program specifically for patients who are transitioning from day treatment to traditional outpatient care.

“Catalpa was formed to serve the mental health care needs of children and teens in our community and we’re constantly evaluating the best way to meet those needs,” Mary Downs, president and CEO of Catalpa Health, said. “In discussion with our founders, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare, it became clear that having a day treatment program offered in conjunction with the inpatient program at Ascension St. Elizabeth was in the best needs of our patients.”

Day treatment programming includes individual and group therapy, occupational therapy, life skills training and psychiatric services offered in a highly structured and nurturing environment.

“At Ascension Wisconsin, we’re committed to providing compassionate, personalized care for all – especially those who are most vulnerable,” said Tina Lechnir, regional director, Behavioral Health, Ascension NE Wisconsin. “We are confident this transition will provide enhanced behavioral health care for patients and families in the communities we are privileged to serve.”

Patients currently enrolled in Catalpa’s day treatment program will complete their treatment plan with Catalpa. The new day treatment program at Ascension St. Elizabeth and the intensive outpatient program at Catalpa are expected to open later this year.

Across the Fox Valley, Ascension Wisconsin provides behavioral and mental health care for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus in Appleton has a 17-bed child and adolescent unit and a 16-bed adult behavioral health and substance abuse treatment inpatient unit. Ascension NE Wisconsin – Mercy Campus in Oshkosh has an eight-bed geropsychiatric unit and a seven-bed adult behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient unit.

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