Our Mission

The mission of the STAR-Center is to provide state-of-the-art youth suicide prevention through the specialized and evidence based assessment and treatment of children and adolescents suffering from depression and or anxiety.

  • To provide psychiatric evaluation and suicide risk assessment of at risk youth.
  • To provide patients with specially designed individual treatment consisting of cognitive-behavioral therapy that may include problem-solving, interpersonal communication, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills.
  • If teen requires a higher level of care, the STAR-Center provides 9 hours of treatment per week through the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
  • To partner with local colleges and universities to provide rapid and comprehensive assessment and treatment for depressed, anxious, and suicidal college students.
  • To provide psychoeducation about depression to the family to help enhance their understanding of the teen or pre-teen’s current symptoms including suicidality.
  • Educate the community about early identification prevention strategies.
  • Collaborate with schools as needed when faced with issues related to child or adolescent suicide and tragic loss.
  • Bereavement groups for children, teens and adults who have lost a family member to completed suicide.
  • Training and education opportunities for internship placement for Master’s level and Ph.D. students and psychiatric residents.