Behavioral Health

  • Child/Adolescent

    Behavioral Health Services

    Telehealth services are now available for new and established patients. Call 315.482.1277 for more information.

    River Community Wellness Program offers Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Services. As an integral part of River Hospital, the River Community Wellness Program is committed to providing high quality mental health assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and those who care for them in our community.

    Our services are designed to meet the needs of families from diverse backgrounds who may benefit from outpatient assessment and treatment. We diagnose and treat children and adolescents, ages 5 to 17, with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits and other behavioral problems. Services are offered to children, adolescents, and their families experiencing stress due to a medical illness, change in family situations, or other difficult life events.

    Telepsychiatry services provided by Upstate Medical University:
    Dr. Eric MacMaster, Psychiatrist

    To make a referral or for more information please contact River Community Wellness Program at 315.482.1277. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm. 

  • Adult

    Behavioral Health Services

    Telehealth services are now available for new and established patients. Call 315.482.1277 for more information.

    The River Community Wellness Program offers outpatient mental health services for the civilian community (adults ages 18 and over). Our staff has experience in a variety of specialties, including:

    • Adult psychiatry
    • Psychotherapy
    • Personal adjustment
    • Medication Management

    We continually strive to promote optimum mental health in our clients. Our staff includes licensed therapists and physicians who are board certified.

    The River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) community providers are:

    • Patricia Desjarlais, PMHNP
    • Brad Frey, RPA-C
    • Dr Tarun Kumar, Psychiatrist (Upstate Medical University)

    Call (315) 482-1277 for more information. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm. 

  • Active Duty Military

    Behavioral Health Services

    The healing of invisible wounds starts here.

    The River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) provides intensive outpatient behavioral health services for active duty military personnel, stationed at Fort Drum, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). RCWP provides continuity of care for soldiers transitioning from an inpatient stay. With no other intensive outpatient service like this in the country, River Hospital accepted the challenge and responsibility of offering outpatient mental health services designed specifically for active duty military personnel experiencing effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and difficulties related to stressful events experienced at pre-deployment, in-theater, or related to post-deployment adjustments.

    The Partial Hospitalization Program serves as an intensive intervention option for behavioral health services locally to reduce potential admissions of service members to an inpatient level of care, focusing instead on building coping skills and supports in the community. The program keeps our military members close to home while they are healing and learning to cope, providing education and support to soldiers who have been impacted by the horrors of combat. Through the establishment of this specialized program, the facility had the professional staff necessary to make behavioral health services available to civilian members of the surrounding communities.

    The program currently has the capacity to serve 30 active duty military personnel five hours a day, five days per week, Monday through Friday, which can be broken down in to two different groups. Groups focus primarily on combat and non-combat Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to group participation, each service member also receives individual therapy with an assigned therapist and medication management with an assigned prescriber.

    The River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) also offers services to families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family centered, trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglectful parenting and child-rearing practices.

    RCWP therapies include:

    • Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Group and Individual Therapy
    • Peer to Peer Therapy
    • Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure Therapy
    • Psychiatry and Medication Management

    Call (315) 482-1277 for more information. 

  • Community Trauma Services

    Behavioral Health Services

    River Community Wellness Program is dedicated to helping those who serve and protect our communities every day.

    Treatment for trauma and stressor related disorders, including PTSD, is provided through River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) for High-Risk Occupations, including:

    • Law Enforcement
    • EMS
    • Firefighters
    • Customs Agents
    • Coast Guard
    • Border Patrol
    • Corrections Officers
    • 911 Dispatchers
    • Homeland Security
    • Healthcare workers
    • Veterans

    This list of high-risk occupations is not exhaustive. To learn more, contact River Community Wellness Program at 315.482.1277.

    Frequent exposure to traumatic events can present in a variety of ways ranging in severity:





    Adjustment Disorder

    Typically resolves within 30 days




    Acute Stress Disorder




    Other Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders








    Symptoms of traumatic stress may include:

    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Irritability
    • Self-destructive or impulsive behaviors
    • Feeling constantly on guard
    • Emotional detachment
    • Unwanted or intrusive thoughts

    Over time, the effects of trauma can be disruptive to physical and mental health, relationships, families, careers and other factors important to healing.

    Negative effects of traumatic stress include:

    • Substance abuse/misuse
    • Marital/family distress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Trouble making decisions
    • Job performance distress

    You are not alone. At River Community Wellness Program, our treatment team is comprised of specialized trauma therapists.  Our team is trained and experienced in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).  CPT is an evidence based protocol approved by the Department of Defense for effective treatment of PTSD and related disorders. Our team is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD).  CISD is designed to help those in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic experience to process the event and provide supportive services.

    We provide services in a private, non-judgmental, safe environment to facilitate healing. We practice holistic treatment which honors and respects individuals in the context of their overall health, cultural identity, relationships, careers and other factors important to healing.

    Services include:

    • Individual therapy in an outpatient setting, by appointment
    • CPT Skill Refresher groups for those who have completed CPT Protocol

    How do I access services?

    For those receiving VA benefits, a referral from the VA is required. For all others, a referral is recommended but not required.

    Payment options:

    RCWP accepts a wide variety of insurance plans. Financial assistance is also available. No one should let affordability prevent them from getting the care they need.

    Please contact River Community Wellness Program at 315.482.1277 for an appointment or more information.

    The healing of invisible wounds starts here.


Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. River Family Health Center offers a variety of primary care services, on premise, for the entire family. Our Ambulatory Surgical Unit offers same day surgery on an outpatient basis for a number of specialties. River Hospital Convenient Care offers same day non-emergency appointments

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