When your child is experiencing emotional disorders or behavioral problems, it can be difficult to cope and know where to turn for help. Turn to Alexander. We offer a comprehensive array of mental health services where your child is truly the center of the therapeutic process. Our professionals use therapies that are proven to work and give your child respect, empathy and love to help them learn ways to control themselves. We help kids no one else can and we don’t give up.
We have three main service categories:
Diagnostic and Outpatient Therapy Services
Alexander has diagnostic and outpatient therapy services in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincolnton and Cleveland counties. Comprehensive Clinical Assessments are available to those who are new to the mental health system and need a determination for treatment and also to those who need court-ordered assessments. Alexander’s Outpatient Therapy Services conduct assessments as well as psychological testing, therapy and other services. Alexander’s Outpatient staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed clinical therapists.
Community-based programs are those services delivered in the home and community, including Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Multisystemic Therapy-Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB) and Intensive In-Home (IIH). Our MST programs impact behavior by working through multiple systems including home and family, schools, courts, peers and community. MST’s goals are to provide parents with the skills and resources to address difficulties in raising adolescents and to keep kids at home, in school and out of legal trouble. MST-PSB is an intensive treatment approach that addresses the underlying drivers responsible for problematic juvenile sexual behavior. IIH provides concentrated treatment to manage a current crisis or decrease the risk of a child with a mental health diagnosis being removed from their home. The duration, frequency and intensity of these services is determined by diagnostic assessment and ongoing consultation between the treatment team including Alexander staff, school staff, family members, and others involved in treatment.
Treatment at our Main Campus
Alexander provides a 36-bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) at its main campus on Thermal Road in Charlotte. The program serves children ages 5-14 with severe emotional, behavioral and psychological problems, providing a highly structured, therapeutic environment that uses best-practice approaches. All services are provided under the direction of a board-certified child psychiatrist with 24-hour, on-site nursing. Typical treatment duration is four to six months.
The Thermal Road campus is also home to the agency’s largest Day Treatment program. With capacity to serve 42 children, Charlotte Day Treatment offers evidence-based treatment proven effective in helping children who struggle in the traditional classroom setting. Our highly qualified instructors teach a daily curriculum in core academic subjects that correlate with the North Carolina Course of Study. We also offer support to schools when the child is transitioned from Day Treatment back to traditional school.