Williams House

Adolescent Residential Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment Program

Does your teenager seem isolated? Unable to cope with the world in healthy ways? We can help. The Williams House is an Adolescent Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment Readiness Program at Lindner Center of HOPE.

We offer a specialized and intimate treatment setting that focuses on intensive assessment and treatment for patients age 11 through 17. Our patients suffer with complex, co-morbid mental health issues. (Looking for an adult program)


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Why is adolescence a high risk time?

Adolescence is a critical time when a teenager experiences many physical, cognitive, and social changes that form the identity they’ll carry through their adult lives. Unfortunately, research indicates this is also the time when psychiatric illness develops That’s why these developmental years are a critical time to find the right care environment for struggling teens.

We do realize that working with teens can be a big challenge. Many times, they are stubborn and angry with their parents for bringing them to our center. That’s why we work really hard to make sure they are comfortable, settled in and able to open up.

Our programs

Our teens benefit from an extensive diagnostic assessment integrated with treatment. Williams House offers a core assessment program and additional weeks that allow each individual stay to be customized for the patient and family.

A 14-day core assessment focuses on the diagnostics, evaluation and an extensive array of assessments and tests, individualized based on the patient’s presenting symptoms.

Throughout this period the patient meets with their multidisciplinary treatment team. The  goal is to form trusting relationships, which helps them work together to complete the assessment process. The treatment team works together to develop the right course of testing and strategy that maximizes the patient’s stay at Williams House.

Once the diagnostic workups are complete, the clinical team reviews the information and develops specific, individualized clinical recommendations to present to the patient, their family, and other key stakeholders as appropriate. We record this big-picture overview and diagnostic data in written form within two-days of the feedback session and present it.

The second component zeroes in on stabilization, skills building, increasing independence and initiative and changing treatment trajectory through daily groups focused on skills of emotional management and interpersonal effectiveness.

The third component works to prepare the patient for the next level of care, whether within the Williams House or with another provider. Individual therapy, groups and clinical skills building, within the DBT and CBT structured milieu, occurs during the entire visit but are becomes more of the focus after the diagnostic workup is complete.

  • Additional treatment weeks can enhance the core assessment program at Williams House. A patient can use these weeks prior to the diagnostic period or post diagnostic period, depending upon individual need and the diagnostic question. Additional treatment weeks allow the treatment team to meet the patient and family where they are with a customized approach.
  • Prior to the diagnostic period, a patient may require a week or more to adjust to the program or in some cases to complete detoxification or a medication wash. During the admission process, our admissions specialists can work with the diagnostic family and referring professionals to help determine if we should add a treatment week prior to the diagnostic stay. Alternatively, following clinical assessment, the team may determine that additional treatments weeks would be help assure we deliver the best diagnostic result.


Our program is built to get to the root of issues and treat each disorder in a safe, welcoming environment. Here are the issues we diagnose and treat.

Who benefits most from our programs?

Our approach offers a clinical advantage for teens who:

  • Are experiencing their first behavioral crisis or have recently been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
  • Experience intermittent or escalating behavioral crises.
  • Their current treatment plan doesn’t seem to be helping.
  • Are facing difficulties at school or home caused by behavioral or substance addictions.
  • May have multiple underlying issues that are yet to be diagnosed.
  • Nothing seems to be working and you are uncertain what to do next.

Why choose Williams House?

We’re positive, collaborative and highly-praised program. We offer a safe and welcoming place that meets teens where they are. Our strengths-based approach has a positive future focus. And our highly credentialed treatment team offers access to 45 clinical consultants.

As an extension of our team, a licensed teacher collaboratively works between the treatment team and home and school contacts. Plus, we facilitate family understanding and involvement. Learn more about why you should choose us here.

Learn more about the Williams House Team here.

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In the News


Listen to the “Realities of OCD” as presented by Lindner Center of HOPE’s OCD experts. http://wvxu.org/post/realities-ocd-obsessive-compulsive-disorder#stream/0

Check out “When Fears Turn Into Phobias”  … http://www.npr.org/podcasts/404959699/cincinnati-edition