PORT Health Services strives to provide quality prevention and treatment services for children and adolescents across Eastern North Carolina. Childhood and Adolescence can be a challenging time, especially when there are problems with behavior, attention, mood or when there are difficulties at home or at school. Experimentation with substances, drug/alcohol use by the youth or family member can further complicate their development. If problems go untreated, children/adolescents can develop low-self esteem, perform poorly at school, have troubling relationships with friends and family or not live up to their potential. We believe with quality therapeutic interventions, children/adolescents are able to develop the coping tools and life skills needed to acquire the highest level of functioning possible.
PORT offers a comprehensive approach to treatment which begins with information gathering through the assessment process. We offer several types of therapy include family, individual, and group. In addition our agency provides some specialized services including day treatment and residential services for adolescents and intensive in-home. Evidence shows that treatment combining therapy and medication management a best practice. Therefore, our agency is committed to providing these services in combination through an interdisciplinary team including licensed and professional counseling and medical staff.
In preparation for your first visit with us, please be aware of the following:
- The parent or guardian must attend the appointments. Proof of guardianship must be provided at the time of the first appointment.
- The appointment may last up to 2 hours.
- It may take several appointments to fully develop a treatment plan. This time will allow us to review your child’s records and coordinate with any other service providers to ensure treatment recommendations are a good fit for your family.
- Bring any records you may have for your child including school, pediatrician, emergency room visits or hospitalizations related to emotional or behavioral problems.
Children age 4 to 18 (or up to 21 if child receives Medicaid) that have a mental health or substance use, abuse or dependence diagnosis.
PORT Health Services offers comprehensive outpatient services with the least restrictive manner including:
- comprehensive assessment to include Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN)
- evidence-based curriculums
- individual therapy
- group therapy including both psycho educational and therapy components
- family therapy including both individual families and multi-family groups
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Community Supports
- medical consultations and medical services by licensed psychiatrists including psychiatric evaluations and medication management
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)/Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- twelve-step facilitation, self-help, and peer support groups
- natural supports
- Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP)
- Early Intervention (EI)
- Juvenile Justice Mental Health Substance Abuse Partnership (JJMHDSAP)
The types of service provided are based upon the individuals’ needs, preferences, desires, level of family functioning and the presence of risk factors or absence of protective factors. A variety of treatment approaches are utilized to address these needs and to prevent the necessity for more restrictive levels of care.
To help individuals and families navigate through life’s challenges by providing effective and efficient substance abuse, mental health and intellectual/developmentally disabled services and supports.