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Residential Treatment

Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center proudly operates a residential treatment center (RTC) for children and teens, males (ages 10-18) and females (ages 12-18). Four separate living units, organized by age and gender, are housed within our RTC, each with their own living areas and dedicated staff including the Clinical Director/Therapist, Unit Director, and Mental Health Technicians.

While all youth served in this program have at least one primary psychiatric diagnosis, many have several psychiatric disorders as well as other challenges such as mental retardation, physical or sexual abuse, neglect victimization, substance use problems, and/or co-occurring medical conditions.

Many of these children or adolescents have histories of serious high-risk behaviors such as attempts to commit suicide or self-harm, assaultive behavior, running away, etc.

We are proud to be able to serve many children and adolescents who have been denied admission by other facilities and experienced failures in treatment in other settings.

Admission Criteria

An appropriate child or teen for this program may be:

  • Males ages 10-18 or females ages 12-18
  • Diagnosed with a primary psychiatric disorder that requires and is likely to respond to residential treatment
  • Exhibiting a combination of the following criteria to the extent that treatment in a less restrictive environment is unsafe or unlikely to be effective, but NOT to the extent that inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is medically necessary:
    • Impaired contact with reality as manifested by hallucinations, delusions, ideas of reference, etc.
    • Withdrawal, regression, or confusion
    • Moderate to severe disabling depression, anxiety, and/or somatic symptoms
    • Poor social and/or interpersonal skills
    • Poor compliance with prescribed medications or other outpatient mental health treatment
    • Inappropriate attention seeking behaviors and/or inadequate problem solving skills
    • In need of 24-hour protective oversight and supervision (staff are on premises 24 hours per day on a day to day basis)
  • Physically capable of completing the program and demonstrates willingness to participate in daily structured activities as addressed in the most recent treatment plan.
  • Dually diagnosed as having mild or moderate mental retardation, or substance abuse/dependence, as long as the primary diagnosis and treatment need is psychiatric.
  • Not suited to be safely and effectively treated in a lower level of care

Services/Programs include:

  • Treatment team meeting with a licensed psychiatrist
  • Individual therapy
  • Family psychotherapy, including education and support
  • Group therapy and psycho-education with a focus on social development, communication, and basic living skills (money management, housekeeping, personal hygiene, nutrition, etc.), and drug/alcohol education
  • Special-issue groups focusing on anger management, grief and loss, discharge readiness, trauma, and self-injury triggers
  • Substance use and nutrition education
  • Life skills, social skills and leisure education groups
  • Case Management
  • Supervised therapeutic community outings
  • Daily Goal Setting and Goal Review Groups
  • Medication Administration and Management (when appropriate)
  • Individualized Educational Services: Youth attend our 12-month, certified private school 6 hours each day and receive academic credit transferable upon discharge. Educational services include standard academic instruction, vocational readiness, physical education and recreation, art and music instruction.
  • Special Educational Services (when appropriate based on youth’s I.E.P.)