New Vistas at Jefferson Hills

Our inpatient, hospital alternative program, New Vistas, opened its doors in January, 2011.  This state of the art collaboration with Colorado’s Behavioral Health Organizations and community mental health centers provides crisis stabilization for children and youth ages 5–18 ½ who are imminently dangerous to themselves and/or others.  Under a model of daily on-site psychiatric services and 24/7 nursing care, as well as licensed therapists, milieu counselors, certified teachers, and aides, New Vistas has treated over 5,000 children and youth in its five years of operation.  We have now expanded to include private insurance reimbursement.

The program consists of diagnostic assessment, psychiatric and mental health services, safety planning, medication evaluation and management, evidenced based practices, recreation, and an accredited school program.  We view the New Vistas stay as being part of a continuum of care that is best met through community-based services.  This means coordinating assistance and support in the community to ensure both a successful transition and continued success in the community. Working closely with the professionals involved in those settings is crucial to this endeavor.  Our average length of stay is 5 days and our success rate for children/youth returning home or to a less restrictive setting is 97%.