Adolescent & Child Treatment

Childhood should be filled with joy, fulfillment, growth and nurturing care. Unfortunately for many young people, growing up can be a stressful, traumatic and a painful experience. Help is available for children, pre-teens, and adolescents needing mental health treatment or intervention.

Program Philosophy

We believe that all children do well if they can. We also recognize that many of our youth have had significant trauma in their past lives. Our goal is to help children, teens and their families develop tools and strategies to be successful in treatment. All children and adolescents have unique strengths and talents. Their problems are opportunities for growth. Partnerships between staff and our young patients are predicated on the belief that it is essential that families and caregivers be involved. Maintaining an environment that is trauma informed and that promotes healing and respect for all is vital to successful outcomes for treatment.

Wyoming Behavioral Institute offers the following to children, adolescents and their families:

  • Highly-skilled admission staff
  • Free 24-hour information and referral service
  • Immediately available free assessments for families
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Accessible inpatient treatment

For Parents:
Children's Unit Packet
Acute Adolescent Unit Packet
Parent/Guardian Letter

Stephen L. Brown, M.D. - Medical Director Stephen L. Brown, M.D. - Medical Director
Dr. Stephen Brown is board certified in General and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He directs the private practice in child and adolescent psychiatry in Casper. He also is the Medical Director of Wyoming Behavioral Institute. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Southern California and trained at Washington University in St. Louis' Barnes and St. Louis Children's Hospital where he received the Award for Clinical Excellence.

Extensively involved in Wyoming medicine since 1990, Dr. Brown is presently serving on the executive committee of the Wyoming Medical Society and the Wyoming Association of Psychiatric Physician's, alternate delegate to the American Medical Society, and the Western States Deputy Representative to the American Psychiatric Association. He is also on the Assembly Executive Committee of the APA. Dr. Brown has been honored with the Distinguished Fellow of the APA designation. He also teaches psychiatry for the University of Washington and the University of Wyoming to WWAMI students and family practice residents.

Lida Prypchan, M.D. Lida Prypchan, M.D.
Dr. Prypchan began her career in psychiatry at a young age, conducting patient interviews while working for her psychiatrist father in his private practice in Venezuela. She completed her medical education at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Elmhurst Hospital Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she also completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Prypchan's past experience also includes working as a research associate with Matcheri Keshavan, MD, Duncan Clark, MD, Juan Mezzich, MD and at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the fields of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry.

More than 200 articles authored by Dr. Prypchan have been published. She is a three-time recipient of the National Award of Scientific Journalism in Valencia, Venezuela.

Dr. Prypchan is an attending psychiatrist at Wyoming Behavioral Institute specializing in inpatient treatment for children and adults.

Maegan Kemery Maegan Kemery, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
Maegan Kemery is a licensed therapist. She completed her master's in social work at Wayne State University in Detroit, and her bachelor's in social work at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Maegan worked as an outpatient substance abuse therapist prior to joining WBI's adult unit. Her previous experience also includes working with parents and children receiving assistance from family services and corrections system inmates. She has worked in mental health settings for more than 10 years.

Devon Erickson, LPC Devon Erickson, LPC
Devon Erickson is a licensed professional counselor who received her bachelor's degree in music from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Her master's degree in counseling was completed at the University of Phoenix in Denver. Her experience includes working in three rural Alaskan native villages as an itinerant counselor and in Casper as an outpatient therapist and school counselor. Devon joined the WBI team in 2016. She enjoys being innovative and actively problem solving in her counseling practice, and will be working with adolescents and adults at WBI. Devon's personal interests include competing in roller derbies, playing softball and hiking, and spending time with family.

Keli Warren-Vann, CAP Keli Warren-Vann, CAP
Keli obtained her bachelor's degree in counseling from Texas A&M and is licensed in Wyoming as a Certified Addiction Practitioner, providing substance abuse assessment, education and treatment services for adolescents and adults at Wyoming Behavioral Institute since 2013. Keli has specialized in substance abuse intervention and treatment for more than a decade, working in inpatient and outpatient settings with special populations, including those housed in correctional institutions and Native Americans. Her skills include group and individual counseling, program curriculum development and implementation, and case management and treatment planning. She is also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Keli provides substance abuse counseling services at WBI on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Jennifer Frausto, APRN, FPMHNP-BC Jennifer Frausto, APRN, FPMHNP-BC
Jennifer Frausto is board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the Medical Director for WBI's Foundations for Success, an outpatient program serving kindergarten, first and second graders. Jennifer is from Cheyenne and completed her undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of Wyoming. She received her master's degree from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with an emphasis in psychiatric nursing. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors in outpatient and intensive inpatient psychiatric settings. Jennifer's past experience also includes working as a medical-surgical hospital registered nurse. She is completing her doctoral studies in nursing practice at the University of Colorado.

Veronica Wehr, MS, LPC, Foundations for Success Therapist Veronica Wehr, MS, LPC, Foundations for Success Therapist
Veronica Wehr obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in school counseling from Indiana State University. Veronica's past experience includes working as a therapist in counseling services. She has more than two years experience working in the K-12 school settings in Indiana. Her skills include multi-cultural, group, and child and adolescent individual counseling. Veronica joined WBI's team in 2014, working with kindergarten through second graders in the Natrona County School District Foundations program.

Logan Thoreson, Foundations for Success Therapeutic Classroom Coordinator Logan Thoreson, Foundations for Success Therapeutic Classroom Coordinator
Logan Thoreson has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare and social services. He has worked in acute inpatient psychiatric care facilities with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, and led programs for people with developmental disabilities. Logan is certified as an instructor in verbal de-escalation and the Handle With Care Behavior Management System, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Crisis Prevention Institute Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, and the Mandt System of behavior management. Logan also has been actively involved in the administration of nonprofit programs and services.

Wyoming Behavioral Institute's treatment components include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and assessment
  • History and physical
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychiatric social evaluation
  • Nurse assessment
  • Full-spectrum care that focuses on the whole person, not just the illness
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Discharge planning

Education Program
Wyoming Behavioral Institute has a school on site for elementary, junior high, and high school students. Certified, experienced teachers and aides staff our school. We provide an educational component because we recognize that school is an important part of your child's life, however, the primary focus at WBI is in treating the emotional and or behavioral issues that resulted in hospitalization. Once these issues begin to stabilize, children often can begin to make progress in school. With your permission, our Education Coordinator will work with your child's school to coordinate their education needs.