In response to the intensifying demand for adolescent mental health services, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Shoreline Family Health Care is expanding its intensive outpatient program (IOP) to include clients as young as 11, and now accepts patients 11 to 18 who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral issues, family conflicts, and difficulties meeting school into their IOP programs.

“We are seeing children experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, self-injurious behaviors, and an increase of children experiencing suicidal ideation,” said Sarah Beard, SFHC coordinator of services. “Many of these symptoms have been exacerbated by the pandemic.” Children need not already be a patient of SFHC to be considered for the program.

Referrals can be made by a physician, therapist, teacher, guidance counselor, or parent.  To learn more, call 203.871.4188 or visit

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