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KENTWOOD, La. (June 29, 2021) – Oceans Healthcare today announced the opening of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Kentwood. The 18-bed hospital is a campus of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Hammond and will serve adolescents ages 10-17, complementing the adult and geriatric treatment programs offered at Oceans’ Hammond location.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted adolescent mental health, with anxiety and depression some of the most frequently diagnosed conditions. According to a Mental Health America report, 54.9% of youth who struggled with a major depressive episode in Louisiana this year did not receive the care they needed. By continuing to expand access to behavioral health treatment, Oceans aims to reduce this number and help young people in need in Tangipahoa Parish.

“The stress and uncertainty of the past year has disproportionately affected our country’s youth and we’re only beginning to see the effects,” said Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare. “Access to mental health resources was already a challenge for this age group and demand is now growing. Oceans recognizes that mental healthcare is not one-size-fits-all and we’re committed to being part of the solution by providing additional resources to fill this urgent gap.”

Oceans Kentwood’s specialized adolescent program will treat young people facing behavioral health challenges while also providing education to ensure patients understand their diagnosis and the strategies to manage symptoms in recovery. The adolescent program features individual, family and group therapies; supportive therapy for chemical dependency and recovery education; trauma response therapy; expressive arts and mindfulness; and daily physician monitoring to ensure overall health and well-being. Next month, , Oceans Kentwood will also provide an intensive outpatient program for adults age 18 and older.

“It’s important to us that young people and their families know there is a place for them to go if they need help,” said Allen McCartney, administrator of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Kentwood. “Our team is dedicated to supporting adolescents living with these challenges and we look forward to further expanding the treatment options offered at our new campus to serve even more people.”

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Kentwood is located at 921 Avenue G in Kentwood. For more information, visit www.oceanskentwood.com.

About Oceans Healthcare

Oceans Healthcare is a growing behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. Founded in 2004, Oceans provides inpatient and outpatient treatment with a special focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults. With 33 locations, including 23 inpatient hospital campuses across the Southeast, Oceans treated more than 18,000 individuals in 2020. The company consistently achieves industry-leading performance metrics on national quality and safety measurements, as determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America for four consecutive years. For more information, visit www.oceanshealthcare-dev.idevdesign.net.

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