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New young adult residential program at Rogers

February 13, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Rogers Memorial Hospital is adding to its residential treatment with FOCUS, a program for young adults (ages 18 to 30) struggling with their transition to adulthood due to facing depression and other mood disorders. FOCUS, which is now open, will initially take a small group of young adults, with plans to double capacity by summer in its Delafield location near Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus in Wisconsin.

According to Jerry Halverson, M.D., medical director of FOCUS and adult services at Rogers, “For those ages 18 to 30, who are diagnosed with depression or other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, the transition to adulthood is more complicated. If these disorders are not recognized and effectively treated, these individuals may be less likely to complete college, be gainfully employed or have meaningful relationships.”

Halverson stated that the new program grew out of a need to provide young adult patients an option for longer term care (average stay will be 45 to 60 days) when shorter term inpatient and outpatient experiences do not meet their needs. “For these young adults, it may not be really clear what they are dealing with. Our goal is to clarify their diagnoses, provide effective, evidence-based treatment and help them master the independent living skills they need to take that next step to move forward in their lives.”

The overall goal for patients is not only to treat their depression or mood disorder, but also to address co-occurring issues like anxiety and substance use. FOCUS will work with patients to give them the tools they need to succeed by teaching them to get in a routine, setting a schedule of structured activity and learning how to identify the behaviors that lead to activity avoidance or routine disruption.

FOCUS is the sixth residential treatment program at Rogers’ Oconomowoc location and the first new residential program since the Child Center opened in 2007.