The children and youth in our residential treatment program come to us with many strengths and talents – and also with histories of abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, multiple foster homes and psychiatric hospitalizations. These traumatic histories can result in attachment difficulties, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral challenges that can lead to failure in families, schools and communities. They come to our intensive residential treatment program for safety, healing and a new beginning to reach their full potential.

Through our residential treatment program, we offer trauma-informed campus living and therapeutic programming for more than 200 children and young adults, ages 4 to 18. These children have severe emotional and behavioral challenges stemming from abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders. Often they have seen numerous counselors, been treated with an array of medications, and have experienced short stays in psychiatric hospitals with minimal results. Their challenges are so intense that they cannot be treated as effectively in an outpatient or community setting and thus require temporary out-of-home care in order to fully heal from the effects of trauma.

Our residential treatment program involves families and staff connecting, learning, and working together in an effort to address each child’s emotional and physical needs in a way that yields insight, support, and positive change. The goal is to help each child return successfully to a family setting, or in the case of some older youth, help prepare them to transition back into the community with the right resources and support systems to succeed. Our team of professional staff works with each youth to help them understand how a traumatic past doesn’t need to impact their present or future happiness.

We provide residential treatment services on our Gillis and Ozanam Campuses. Each site includes dormitories that are divided into smaller units, and each unit maintains 24-hour staff to provide maximum support for our youth. Placement on each campus and dormitory is determined by the needs of the child. Campuses include:

  • recreational facilities — including gymnasiums
  • gardening areas
  • swimming pools
  • walking trails
  • playgrounds and more

Upon admission to our residential treatment program, each youth is assigned a primary therapist who will help them identify and work toward their treatment goals. Each youth is also assigned a case manager who coordinates services based on the youth’s individual treatment plan. Intensive treatment begins within the first week with the creation of a master plan of care that is developed by the treatment team consisting of a therapist, youth and family specialist, psychiatrist, nursing staff, the child, their family and/or caregivers if they are involved, and any community treatment providers.

We maintain a 24-hour, on-call nursing staff, supervised by a registered nurse. Additionally, we utilize the services of psychiatrists and pharmacy consultants. Regular medical and dental check-ups are also provided.

As part of our residential treatment program, clients will receive the following service offerings. Options may vary depending on residential treatment location.  

  • 24-hour structured therapeutic environment
  • Individual, family, and group therapy
  • Education services on and off campus
  • Psychological and neuropsychological testing
  • Psychiatric evaluation and consultation
  • Medication management
  • Nursing services
  • Milieu groups
  • Art therapy
  • Play therapy / recreational activities
  • Horticultural therapy / gardening opportunities
  • Music therapy
  • Substance abuse therapy
  • Voluntary spiritual life services
  • Vocational work program / life skills training
  • Drama / theatre

Children in our residential treatment program typically attend school off-site depending on their needs and our partnerships with surrounding school districts. Staff members and counselors work with teachers to encourage each student’s success. Under certain circumstances, some children in our residential treatment program are referred back to our on-campus schools, where they are joined during the day by other students in our educational day treatment programs.

We offer the O-ACES Program in a special unit located on the Cornerstones of Care — Ozanam Campus for youth on the autism spectrum who also have behavioral challenges. Our professional staff help children express their emotions, manage their behaviors, and learn healthy responses in order to reach their full potential.

We offer the COURAGE Program in a special unit located on the Cornerstones of Care — Ozanam Campus that provides tailored treatment for youth dealing with sexually reactive behaviors. In an atmosphere that promotes healing, inclusion, and respect, our professional staff help these children process their trauma in order to safely and successfully return to a family setting.

The average length of stay in our residential treatment program is 3-9 months. This varies depending on each child’s situation and next steps. Our goal is to return each youth to their own home, a foster, adoptive or group home or a supported independent living program where they can flourish and continue on the path of growth and success.

We offer in-home family support and aftercare options following residential treatment stays. By combining a complete array of residential treatment services with in-home support services, we help families work through their most urgent problems and learn the skills they need to remain together safely. Our aftercare goal is to rebuild relationships and preserve families.

Each family is supported by a staff member who works closely with them and connects them to resources within the community to plan, coordinate, and carry out the treatment process. Each family has an individualized plan for success. Our family-intensive treatment typically consists of up to 90 days of residential care followed by an in-home, aftercare program of up to 180 days. Aftercare services include parent education, continued therapy services, educational transition services, in-home family support, respite care, community transition support, and more.

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