Illustration by Jon Krause
With the nation in the throes of a teen mental health crisis, our region is stepping up its response with an expanded array of treatment options.
Lynn’s safe place is a woodsy trail in a Chester County park near her home. It was there that she had a crucial discussion with her daughter’s therapist. “It’s my hard conversation spot,” she says. Elizabeth has been a challenging child. Now a sophomore in high school, she was a student at Malvern’s Fusion Academy, which specializes in supportive individualized learning, offering unique daily scheduling. Administrators promised a soft landing upon her return to public school. “In my mind, no landing’s soft enough,” her mom says.
This past March, Elizabeth completed an intensive outpatient program with Embark Behavioral Health, a treatment center in Berwyn. After multiple levels of intervention, she began turning her troubled teen life around. “Elizabeth is still