Hoag Launches ASPIRE Program to Support Teen Mental Health

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 20, 2016 --- When anxiety, depression and other mental health issues hit home, parents need answers -- and teens want help.

To provide the necessary support, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute is now offering the acclaimed ASPIRE program (After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education), an evidence-based intensive outpatient program to treat teen anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

“The primary goal of ASPIRE is to provide teens and their families practical tools and resiliency training to overcome current mental health concerns, navigate future challenges and thrive,” said Marshall Moncrief, director, Hoag Neurobehavioral Health. “We are excited to launch this program at Hoag that is tailored to meet the needs of the youth in our community with foundational skills training in mental and emotional wellness.”

The intensive outpatient program is held after school hours, four-days-a-week for eight weeks. The program uses dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and expressive arts to help teens develop and practice healthy behaviors and coping strategies. Requiring parents or guardians to participate during the course of the program, ASPIRE build interpersonal relationships through educational groups, skills groups and weekly family meetings.

“Treatment for teens is rarely evidence-based and often too little, too late,” said Moncrief. “Hoag is using this new program for adolescents to combine clinical intervention by a multidisciplinary team of specialists with prevention training that strengthens future functioning for the family. We understand that when parents and teens come to us, what they’re asking us to provide is help that works.”

Services in the ASPIRE program are designed to accompany the services of a psychiatrist board certified in working with children and adolescents, who provides assessment and diagnosis through personal sessions and leadership to the program.

For more information on the mental health services offered at Hoag, visit www.hoag.org/Specialties-Services/Neurosciences/Programs/Neurobehavioral-Health/ASPIRE/Overview.aspx.


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 25,000 inpatients and 369,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to six health centers and nine urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. In 2013, Hoag entered into an alliance with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County community, known as St. Joseph Hoag Health. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition, andBecker’s Hospital Review named Hoag as one of the 2016 “100 Great Hospitals in America” – a designation Hoag has received four times. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 20 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 20 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.


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