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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

    The healing of invisible wounds starts here.

    River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) is proud to offer Community Trauma Services. This program will provide trauma treatment to:

    • Veterans
    • Law Enforcement
    • EMS
    • Firefighters
    • Customs Agents
    • Coast Guard
    • Border Patrol
    • Corrections Officers
    • 911 Dispatchers
    • Homeland Security
    • Health care professionals

    The goal of our program is to provide trauma focused treatment to those in need, to improve symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress and Acute Stress.

    Treatment will include individual therapy, as well as support groups to address specific needs to include, but not limited to, marital and family distress, job performance stress, substance misuse and anxiety.

    A referral is not required but recommended.  A VA referral is required if you receive VA benefits. Most insurances, including the Empire Plan, are accepted. Financial assistance is also available.

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

    Please contact the River Community Wellness Program at 315.482.1277 with any questions.

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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Alexandria Bay, NY

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