DSW Candidate – LaToya Patterson, 1:00 PM – 2:15PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Bridging the Gap: Mental Health Services for Adolescents Discharging from Acute Psychiatric Hospitals

DSW Candidate – LaToya Patterson

Monday, April 22, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Bridging the Gap: Mental Health Services for Adolescents Discharging from Acute Psychiatric Hospitals

Mental health is an important component of overall health in children and adolescents. Due to various reasons, a high level of care is often needed to address mental health concerns. Acute psychiatric hospitalization is often necessary to evaluate, stabilize and treat adolescents with severe mental illnesses.

Understanding the need of mental health resources and ensuring that those resources are readily available for adolescents after discharging from acute psychiatric hospitals is critical. Following hospital discharge, psychiatric aftercare enhances and maintains recovery by addressing psychological factors that contribute to mental illness, boosting psychosocial support, enhancing medication compliance, and offering prompt attention to illness exacerbations. Currently adolescents may experience a gap in mental health service for various reasons.

This capstone will explore current discharge processes, possible reasons for delays in mental health services; and present the possible solution of stakeholders from involved agencies developing agency-based policies that would utilize the convenience of school based mental health services as a means to provide a continuum of care for adolescents discharging from acute psychiatric hospitals.


Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand current discharge processes for adolescent acute psychiatric hospitals.
  2. To explore possible reasons for delays in mental health care for adolescents.
  3. To understand a proposed solution to decrease the delay in follow up mental health services.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.