Published Jan. 30, 2024
BY LAUREN GALICIA
The long-awaited Ohana campus of Montage Health, a project taken on by the Ohana Center for Adolescent and Behavioral Health, opened Dec. 15 at Ryan Ranch, promising inpatient residential services this spring in hopes of broadening their levels of care for patients.
Ohana aims to combat the growing rate of mental health challenges in children and young adults through evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical behavioral and occupational therapy. The Ohana campus takes new approaches in incorporating nature, music and art in the facility to optimize healing.
“We’re thinking about treatment in a different way, not just having a session behind closed doors, but thinking much bigger,” says Jessica Moon, Ohana’s director of operations.
The 55,600 square foot campus consists of welcoming elements from gardens for homegrown vegetables to be consumed in the cafeteria to the extensive collection of art to stimulate patients in their therapies. Eight residential beds will be offered in the spring, and by summer, the campus expects a full consensus of 16 beds.
A range of programs including inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are offered, with the development of inpatient residential services at the Ohana campus accelerating patient treatment and efficiency. On-site mental health professionals like child psychiatrists, therapists and doctors are available.
“We have a large family care management team,” says Dr. Justin Mohatt, the medical director for innovation. “Largely social workers, and (they) are the core of what we are trying to do…. They see the family through the entire process of the patient.”
The crisis stabilization unit is another development where young people, either restabilizing with a plan to go home or waiting for a bed to be hospitalized, can stay in a therapeutic environment rather than in an emergency room. This is to address the lack of psychiatric beds, with the Ohana campus offering the only adolescent residential program in Monterey.
Mohatt says, “We’re hopeful that there are youth in our immediate communities and our county that this will make accessing care easier.”