The Adolescent Program at Chestnut Ridge Center is designed to provide intensive treatment that promotes healthy growth and lifestyles. The goal of the adolescent unit at Chestnut Ridge Center is to stabilize the patient in order that he/she may return home, to school, and to the community. Family members are an integral part of the treatment program.

Inpatient Services Criteria

Adolescents, 13 to 17 years of age, who require comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment to stabilize their psychiatric symptoms, may enter an acute care program. Adolescents who enter this program are actively suicidal, homicidal, and/or psychotic.

Multidisciplinary Team

An interdisciplinary treatment team is led by a board certified psychiatrist and includes a licensed psychologist, social worker, nurse, mental health specialist, and recreational therapist.

Treatment Components

  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Life skills: suicide prevention, impulse control, anger management, values clarification, decision-making skills and problem solving
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy


Bahar Altaha, MD

Assistant Professor, Director, Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Service
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Erica Arrington, MD

Associate Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
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Toni Goodykoontz, MD, JD

Assistant Professor/ Section Chief - Psychiatry, Director - Inpatient Adolescent Programs
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Taniya Pradhan, MD

Assistant Professor/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Kirk Ramsey, MD

Assistant Professor / Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
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Janie Howsare, MSW, LICSW, MPA

Associate Professor/ Faculty Staff Assistance Program
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Chestnut Ridge Center


930 Chestnut Ridge Rd Morgantown, WV 26505