All the programs at Northwest passage have easy access to psychiatric medication management services, and frequency of visits is catered to the individual needs of the person. Dr. Himanshu Agrawal is board certified in general psychiatry as well as the subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is well versed in the psychiatric treatment of complex clinical cases, including individuals with multiple psychiatric diagnoses (including but not limited to ADHD, pediatric bipolar disorder, childhood onset schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, personality disorder traits, autistic disorder, tic disorders etc..) He firmly believes in the following principles when meeting with any of the youth at Northwest Passage:
- Have all appropriate and reasonable non-pharmacological measures been tried already ?
- First do-no-harm (non-malaficience), and if possible, do as much benefit as possible (beneficence) with the lowest dose possible and for the shortest duration possible.
- Is the medication doing what it’s supposed to be doing ? If not, then why are they still on it ?!
- No medication changes are made without clinical collaboration with other members of the treatment team
- No medication changes are made without the consent of the guardians, and the guardians have every right to be kept informed regularly regarding the course of medications.
- The youth’s sense of autonomy and dignity is kept high on the priority list as medication recommendations are discussed.
At Northwest Passage, we focus on evaluating overall health and providing care or seeking referrals for effective medical treatment if needed. Our full-time, staff pediatrician, Dr. Ammend travels to each program to assess and address these needs.
CHEMICAL HEALTH TREATMENT (SMART)
Northwest Passage works with clients in need of chemical health assessments and therapy, both on an individual and group level.
Post-treatment case management may include services such as:
- Working with parents and community-based professionals to identify, connect with, and help clients access community resources to meet identified aftercare needs
- Meeting with school officials and personnel in the community to ensure a smooth transition and positive reintegration into public school
- Assisting older clients in formulating future plans such as employment, college, vocational programming, or the military
- Meeting with families and other aftercare resources for counseling, problem solving, or other issues
Northwest Passage provides extensive transportation services for such things as admissions, family visits, medical appointments, transitional therapy appointments, court appearances, etcetera.
Groups involving anger management and peer relationships provide consistent opportunities for our clients to gain skills in these areas. In addition, we help our clients focus on an array of healthy daily living choices through healthy living group topics such as nutrition, exercise, relationships and sex education as well as providing chemical health groups and group programming aimed at daily living skills and resilience.
EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY
Northwest Passage utilizes the EAGALA method of equine-assisted therapy. Our clinical director, Angela Frederickson, works with all NWP residential programs.