Upstate Medical University's Psychiatry High Risk Program is expanding after just one year.

The 12-month program treats youth and young adults who are at a high risk for suicide. 

It started in March 2017, and has treated 70 patients over the past year. 

To meet the increased demand of patients, the program will bring on three additional staff members and three new insurance providers. 

Doctors describe the program as intense, with 12-step family and group therapy. 

"Just in the first three months we've seen alcohol and drug use decrease by an average of 50 percent. Suicide and self harm decreased by two-thirds, hospitalization [went] down by 90 percent, suicide idiation [went] down by 50 percent. We collect standard measures every quarter and these are extraordinary outcomes," said Dr. Robert Gregory, the Psychiatry High Risk Program director and professor.

The program treats patients between the ages of 16 and 40.