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ASPIRE Teen Mental Health Program Develops Collaborative Initiative to Expand Services Throughout California


El Camino Hospital's Teen Mental Health Program to be replicated with
launch of programs at CHOC Children's, Hoag Memorial Hospital
Presbyterian, and Mission Hospital

El Camino Hospital's After-School Program for Interventions and
Resiliency Education® (ASPIRE) program has developed a
consortium with CHOC Children's, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian,
and Mission Hospital to expand the availability of teen mental health
services in California. The intensive outpatient therapy program, now in
its eighth year, is designed for young people ages 13-18 with
significant anxiety or depression or other symptoms related to a mental
health condition.

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"Expanding teen mental health services through our ASPIRE program has
long been a goal," says Daniel F. Becker, MD, chief medical director of
Mental Health & Addiction Services at El Camino Hospital "Through the
ASPIRE consortium, we hope to broaden the impact of our innovative
program. Together with our partners we can increase awareness about
adolescent mental health and provide hope for teens and families
throughout California."

The ASPIRE program was founded by El Camino Hospital in 2010 in Mountain
View, California after a number of teens died by suicide in the local
community. The growing need for teen mental health services and the
positive impact of the program encouraged hospital leaders to work
together to make the ASPIRE program available to more youth throughout
the state. CHOC Children's, Hoag, and Mission Hospital joined the
consortium and launched their ASPIRE program sites in early 2018.

"Like the nation as a whole, Orange County has witnessed troubling
growth in the number of teens in our communities who are not receiving
the help they need for depression and other mental health issues," said
Sina Safahieh, MD, board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry
and program director of ASPIRE at the Pickup Family Neurosciences
Institute at Hoag. "The resources we offer through ASPIRE provide teens
and their families effective tools and resiliency training to overcome
current mental health concerns, navigate future life stressors and

ASPIRE provides structure and training in mental wellness skills, which
help young people learn and implement healthy coping strategies. The
program uses a framework of dialectical behavioral therapy to help teens
learn the skills needed to help them succeed in life: emotional
regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and
mindfulness. Over the course of eight weeks, teens participate in
training, coaching, and individual, group and family counseling.
Parental involvement in the ASPIRE program is essential and the program
helps parents learn supportive communication skills and techniques to
help improve their relationships with their children.

"We're dedicated to helping teens and their families live happy and
healthy lives," says Ryan Roemer, PsyD, manager of Adolescent Mental
Health at Mission Hospital. "The ASPIRE program provides us with the
framework and foundation to build and enhance much needed teen mental
health services for our community."

The ASPIRE curriculum offered at the new program sites is based off the
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
approved curriculum developed by El Camino Hospital. Consortium members
will have the framework to apply for WASC accreditation and to adapt and
transform their programs to meet the needs of their unique communities.
Additionally, the consortium partners have the option of expanding their
programs to meet the needs of adolescent students and young adults as El
Camino Hospital has further developed ASPIRE to include targeted
programs serving middle school students and young people ages 18-25.

"We are so excited to add ASPIRE to the growing range of mental health
services available at CHOC Children's so that teens and their families
have access to crucial resources during times of crisis," Micaela
Thordarson, PhD, licensed psychologist at CHOC Children's.

In 2014, El Camino Hospital Foundation launched Fulfilling the Promise,
a fundraising initiative to support El Camino Hospital's expansion of
its mental health services to help fill the regional gaps in care and
better serve our community. This community effort has contributed $6.7M
to date and served as a catalyst to generate discussion, reduce the
stigma and create community.

Additional information about El Camino Hospital's ASPIRE Program is
available on the website.
For a media kit with information about the consortium, please contact El
Camino Hospital media relations.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally
governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos,
California. Key medical specialties include cancer, heart and vascular,
men's health, mental health and addictions, mother-baby, neuroscience,
orthopedic and spine, senior health, and urology. The hospital is
recognized as a national leader in the use of health information
technology and wireless communications. El Camino Hospital has also been
awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary
Stroke Center as well as three consecutive ANCC Magnet Recognitions for
Nursing Care. To learn more visit

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