Behavioral Health Residential Treatment for Teen Girls

The Youth Residential Treatment (YRT) is a 16 bed, 24-hour residential treatment facility licensed to treat adolescent females between the ages of 13-17 (when appropriate, some clients in the program may be 18 years old). Those who are admitted have a mental health diagnosis and are not able to remain safely in the community.

This secure level of care allows for adolescents to be observed, evaluated, and treated by our multi-disciplinary team. We believe that each teen’s treatment is individualized and unique to their presenting problems, which makes it difficult to standardize the length of stay. Our length of stay may vary between 75-120 days.

Services provided include: 

  • comprehensive mental health assessment,
  • medication evaluation / management by a board certified child psychiatrist,
  • five clinical groups per week,
  • two therapy sessions per week (individual),
  • one family therapy session per week,
  • academic programming,
  • academic assessment and coordination with the patient’s local school, and
  • dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programming.

Treating Teen Mental Health with a Multidisciplinary Team

A highly trained, multidisciplinary group of specialists and mental health professionals are a part of the teen’s treatment team during their residential stay. Our multidisciplinary providers work collaboratively with teens and their parents to set treatment goals and develop an individualized treatment plan. Our treatment team consists of a:

  • board-certified child psychiatrist,
  • psychologist / psychologist trainee under the supervision of a licensed psychologist,
  • social worker or mental health counselor,
  • education coordinator,
  • expressive therapists (music, art, and recreation therapy),
  • nurses,
  • psychiatric technicians, and
  • registered dietitian (as needed).
Two young girls in group therapy

Common Behavioral & Mental Health Issues in Teens

We have expertise in the following, but not limited to:

  • mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorders),
  • anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder, OCD),
  • trauma-related issues (e.g., PTSD),
  • autism spectrum disorder, and
  • comorbid substance abuse disorder.

Our clients may struggle with some of the following behaviors:

  • mood instability,
  • running away behavior,
  • substance use,
  • eating disorders,
  • self-injury/self-harming behavior,
  • poor self-image, or
  • ongoing suicidal thoughts or attempts.

Evaluation Process for Admission

We begin treatment with a comprehensive assessment process and evaluation performed by our team. This may include assessments in the following areas:

  • clinical psychiatry,
  • psychosocial,
  • education,
  • nutrition (as needed),
  • recreational therapy,
  • substance abuse and urine drug screens (as needed), and
  • psychological (as needed).

Other consultations or assessments may be ordered by the physician.

Admittance Exclusions

Patients may be excluded from admission to the program for reasons including:

  • a sexual offense,
  • a history of significant physical aggression,
  • a primary diagnosis of conduct disorder or substance abuse,
  • intellectual functioning that prevents them from benefitting from programming and treatment,
  • patient’s medical/psychiatric condition requires a higher level of care, or
  • comorbid medical diagnosis requiring 24-hour care.

Treatments & Therapies

In our program, we use dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) — an evidence-based treatment we use for teens who have a difficult time controlling their emotions and behaviors.

Emotional and behavioral dysregulation (abnormality or impairment) often contribute to a teen’s ability to develop a stable sense of self. This includes making and maintaining fulfilling, healthy relationships with peers and family. Behavior that is impulsive or avoidant can be a result of emotion dysregulation or an effort to try to regulate or gain control.

The following five skill sets have been designed to treat the problems that are associated with emotional dysregulation.

  • Mindfulness assists adolescents with increasing their self-awareness and attentional control while decreasing suffering and increasing pleasure. 
  • Distress tolerance teaches ways to decrease impulsivity and accept reality as it is.
  • Emotion regulation teaches a teen how to increase positive emotions and decrease negative emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness teaches teens how to improve in making and maintaining relationships with peer and family members and build self-respect.
  • Walking the middle path skills teach ways to decrease family conflict through validation, behavior change principles, and dialectical thinking and behaving.

Our program also uses behavior management techniques to promote and generalize positive behavioral change at home, school, and in the community. Research supports positive reinforcement as the most effective behavior management technique used to increase a desired behavior. The program uses a variety of positive behavioral supports to help shape and assist clients in making positive choices both in the program and in the community.

Our On-Site Educational Academy

During treatment in our facility, teens will spend a block of time each day engaged in academic work through our Cognia-accredited, on-site private school — University Academy. Our academy bridges the gap between school and treatment by providing modified educational services during the day.

Many of our students have experienced academic challenges as a result of their mental health issues. In giving teens the opportunity to continue their academic studies throughout treatment, our team is able to observe how they cope with academic challenges, stress, and homework.

In addition, our academic program compliments the therapeutic program by teaching and reinforcing effective coping skills for teens that can be used in any academic setting. Our goal is to help your teen move forward with their academic credit and goals while they are in treatment.

How to Prepare for Admission

In order for us to begin assessing your teen efficiently, please gather the following records (if available):

  • past assessment results,
  • school evaluations,
  • 504/IEP records,
  • medication trials, and
  • treatment history.

Obtaining these records for us will give our team more time to review prior evaluations rather than spending time retrieving them.

Due to HIPAA laws, other facilities cannot send us records they did not generate. This means that your teen's last placement facility can only send their own records even if they have copies of an individual's records from elsewhere.

How Much Does Residential Treatment Cost?

The cost of our program is designed as a set daily rate that includes all common services from your treatment team, which include:

  • psychological/neuropsychological assessment.
  • psychiatric evaluation,
  • psychotherapy,
  • medications,
  • labs, and
  • professional fees, etc.

Financial Information

We contract with many commercial insurance companies.

Our office support coordinator will be your point of contact for financial questions as we intentionally keep the treatment team focused on providing the best clinical care for our clients. Please call 801-587-2370 for billing-related questions in regards to the YRT program.

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