The Merck Summer Intensive Treatment Program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC is a behavioral health program designed to meet the unique mental and behavioral health needs of at-risk children and adolescents.
The Merck Summer Intensive Treatment Program mission is to reduce serious psychiatric symptomatology and to improve a young person’s ability to function more successfully at home, at school, and in the community.
The therapeutic activities and treatment methods utilized may include:
- Individualized positive behavior support plans (based on a functional behavioral assessment)
- Verbal behavior and other elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Social Thinking© (Social Thinking© is copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner.)
- Social skills
- Development of individual and parallel play skills
- Communication training
- Community based instruction/safety skills
Referral and Acceptance
- The program accepts children ages 5 to 15 years old diagnosed with autism, PDD, or other developmental disability, as well as, another Axis 1 DSM-IV diagnosis.
- Adolescents, ages 16 to 19, that meet the above criteria will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Children are accepted to the program under two categories: partial hospitalization and/or extended school year (ESY).
- Children who attend the program under partial hospitalization may be at risk and qualify for higher levels of care, such as inpatient admission, placement into a residential treatment facility, or admission into a more restrictive school setting, without the summer service. Children accepted under partial hospitalization require insurance approval.
- ESY will come to the program under an agreement with the child’s school district.
A completed application and psychiatric assessment is required for admittance to the program.