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​Types of Therapeutic Programs

I provide the expertise to find the right programs, schools, and support solutions for your child.  Placement recommendations are determined by a thorough process that includes working with the family, records review, and speaking with professionals that are involved. Listed below are program descriptors for the continuum of care that is available.

Residential Treatment Centers

RTC's focus heavily on clinical work through individual therapy, group therapy, and recreational activities. They are highly structured and have varying lengths of stay.  The focus is mental health and behavioral support. Academics will likely be minimal.   Medication management and medical monitoring is available on-site. These facilities treat adolescents and young adults with varying degrees of psychological and behavior issues.  Most are Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and insurance may cover programs or aspects of programs.

Assessment Centers

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Programs have a focus on assessment and stabilization, including  medication evaluation, and neuropsychological testing.  Similar to an RTC, programs have individual therapy, group therapy, and recreational activities. They are highly structured and the typical length of stay between 8-12 weeks.  Most are Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and insurance may cover programs or aspects of programs.

Niche Residential Programs

Designed to serve fewer number of students with similar clinical profiles. Small residential programs offer a more holistic therapeutic milieu which is based upon the relationships formed and the social dynamics created in small environments.  These programs may incorporate life skills training, academic instruction, outdoor adventure, recreation, and family involvement into an experiential living environment.  Most are Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and insurance may cover programs or aspects of programs.

Outdoor Therapeutic Program

Outdoor programs combine clinical expertise, wilderness, and adventure therapy to produce internalized change.  They subscribe to a diverse treatment model that incorporates a blend of therapeutic modalities in the context of an outdoor environments. Programs have small client centered groups with similar client profile.   Some  outdoor programs offer a hybrid approach.  Programs are accredited through their state and are typically private pay with a possibility of insurance reimbursement. 

Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Schools generally provide an integrated educational milieu with an appropriate level of structure and supervision for physical, emotional, behavioral, familial, social, intellectual and academic development.   Unlike an RTC, academics become a bigger area of focus.  These schools grant high school diplomas or award transferrable credits. Each school will vary in their approach to the emotional and academic needs of the child.  

Transitional Living Programs

These programs are designed to serve clients who have completed a primary treatment program who could benefit from a safe, supportive environment to transition their skills to a more typical environment.  Generally, these programs offer educational programs that are linked to colleges or provide school at their location.  Life skills, independent living skills, volunteering, employment arrangements, community service and re-integration into the community are general components of the program.

Community Based Services

Services available in the families home community including, but not limited to: outpatient therapy, medication management, recreational therapy, community service, academic support, mentoring, coaching and ongoing support.  This also includes public, private and specialty schools that work with learning differences. 

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