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Discovery Behavioral Health opens teen treatment center in Dade City

The 24-bed facility opens amidst increased demand among teens for mental healthcare due to the pandemic.
The sign outside the new Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center at 37445 Clinton Ave. in Pasco County.
The sign outside the new Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center at 37445 Clinton Ave. in Pasco County. [ 360 Virtual Orlando ]
Published Aug. 19
Updated Aug. 19

DADE CITY — Discovery Behavioral Health’s new adolescent residential mental health treatment facility plans to welcome its first patients in the next two weeks.

The Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center, a 24-bed facility at 37445 Clinton Ave., opened Aug. 12 to serve teenagers who were previously hospitalized for mental health reasons or have behavioral health needs that can’t be met by outpatient services.

Adolescent patients can either be referred by doctors or parents by calling Discovery Behavioral Health and asking to schedule a screening, said Krista Miles, the healthcare network’s Tampa Bay clinical outreach representative.

David Currie.
David Currie. [ 360 Virtual Orlando ]

“The pandemic has greatly increased the mental health crisis among adolescents and so we’re trying to meet that need,” Miles said.

A typical stay in the treatment center lasts for 30 to 45 days, said Dade City facility director David Currie. Therapists will engage teens in one-on-one and group therapy sessions, while an education liaison will work with the patients’ schools to determine the assignments they need to complete to keep up with their classes.

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Discovery’s adolescent treatment centers set aside 20 hours each week for school work, said Peter Fowler, the network’s director of education.

Parents or guardians will receive weekly updates on their children’s progress and can call to speak with them during designated hours each day, Currie said. While in-person visits are currently prohibited due to COVID-19, families are typically encouraged to visit teens or take them off-site for a few hours.

An aerial image of the new Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center that opened on Aug. 12.
An aerial image of the new Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center that opened on Aug. 12. [ 360 Virtual Orlando ]

The facility also offers weekly support groups for family members, Currie said.

Before patients are discharged, the treatment center connects them to a local partial hospitalization program typically consisting of four to five psychiatric visits per week, Miles said. The next step is often for the teen to enter an intensive outpatient program, which involves two to three visits per week, and finally, a traditional weekly talk therapy.

“That sets up not just adolescents but also adults for emotional and mental health success,” Miles said.

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This is Discovery Behavioral Health’s second facility in Tampa Bay and its first in Pasco County. It also operates a Tampa outpatient center that treats eating disorders.

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The network has three treatment centers in Florida and 123 total in 12 states that specialize in eating disorders, substance use and behavioral health treatment for different ages. The healthcare network does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

Parents or doctors interested in referring patients, scheduling a screening, or learning more about the treatment center in Dade City can call Krista Miles at 813-753-3249 or the Discovery Behavioral Health admissions team at 866-919-0061.