Psychiatry High Risk Program
Welcome to Upstate’s Psychiatry High Risk Program. The Psychiatry High Risk Program provides intensive and comprehensive evidence-based treatment for youths and young adults (ages 16 to 40) who struggle with thoughts of suicide.
Conditions that commonly occur in high risk individuals and addressed through this program include:
- Borderline personality disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Eating disorders
The program encompasses treatment based upon the most up-to-date understanding of the causes of these problems, including both neurobiological and psychosocial contributions, and aims towards holistic healing and recovery, rather than just symptom management, stabilization, and crisis intervention.
What to expect
A careful and comprehensive assessment, including testing and diagnostic evaluation, is provided to tailor the treatment plan to individual needs. Clients are provided weekly individual therapy with dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy (DDP), an evidence-based treatment that substantially improves depression and suicide-related behaviors (https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/dynamic-deconstructive-psychotherapy-ddp). DDP helps clients to heal from a negative self-image and maladaptive processing of emotionally charged experiences, while working towards self-acceptance and more fulfilling relationships (http://www.upstate.edu/psych/ddp). Depending on assessed need, other treatments may be added, including family therapy sessions, group psychotherapy, and/or medication management. In order to ensure that the highest quality and effective care are provided, the program includes an extensive quality assurance program, such as monitoring of progress through quarterly outcome assessments.
Psychiatric medications are sometimes helpful as an adjunct to therapy to reduce symptoms that contribute to suicide risk. Patients have the option of receiving medication consultation and treatment either through the program or through an outside provider. Note that controlled substances are not prescribed through the program since these can sometimes cause mood instability and worsen suicide-related behaviors.
Your Care Team
- Ann Arezzo, FPMHNP, Nurse practitioner
- Glenn Forsythe, LCSW, Therapist
- Michelle Gallagher, PhD, Therapist
- Giampaolo Huober, MD, Psychiatrist
- Robert Kallinicos, MD, Child psychiatrist
- Cynthia Malek, CASAC, LCSWR, Therapist
- Abigail Riggall, LCSWR, Therapist and Assistant Director
- Robert Gregory, MD, Director
For further information, or for an intake, please call 315 464- 3117
Psychiatry High Risk Program
Suite 217, 600 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315 464-3117
Fax: 315 464-3141
For questions about billing or payment, call 315 464-3117 or 315 464-3265
What you have been able to do for me in one year, I couldn't imagine. I didn't see myself living past 30 years old; I was going to kill myself before then and now I see a future with hope. This treatment has changed my life. —MW
The biggest change I have noticed is how much happier I’ve become. I’m finding myself to be more optimistic, when I’ve always felt pessimistic. I’m also starting to think about my future more and more, when before I didn’t think I had one. —TO
I am better at recognizing my emotions and processing them. I am able to sit better with the uncertain. —AB
This program has changed my life and relationships more than I ever could have imagined. I have more awareness, a calmer temperament, a new perspective, and I am more reflective. —SN
- Innovative Suicide Prevention Program Using Psychotherapy Shows Early Success, in Psychiatric News, the news outlet of the American Psychiatric Association (2020)
- Upstate’s Psychiatry High Risk Program adds insurers and staff to meet demand, in Upstate Online (2018)
- Suicide prevention program sees positive results, expands as demand grows, in WRVO (2018)
- Upstate Medical's High Risk Program grows as demand soars, in Spectrum News (2018)
- Rising suicide rates– what to do if someone you care for is struggling, in Healthlink on Air (2018)
- New Upstate psychiatric program targets suicidal teens, young adults, in The Post Standard (2017)
- Upstate creates “first of its kind” program in region for high-risk suicidal youth, in NewsChannel 9 (2017)
- New psychiatric program launched to help at-risk youth, in WRVO (2017)