These resources provide information on evidenced-based and trauma-focused residential treatment centers. These treatment centers work with youth struggling with psychological, behavioral, and/or substance use issues and provides live-in services for those who prove to be too ill or unruly to be in a less secure, less restrictive environment. Intensive residential treatment facilities are typically very structured and offer around-the-clock supervision and a variety of counseling, education, and therapy sessions. Placement in this type of a facility should be time limited and only considered if community-based services do not prove effective.
Intensive Residential Treatment Services
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Provides services that support adults, children, and youth who are diagnosed with a mental illness in their personal journey toward recovery, in addition to mental illness prevention.
Practical and Ethical Considerations in Providing Parent-Initiated Residential Treatment to Youth (PDF - 234 KB)
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
Provides guidance on keeping youth safe while supporting their autonomy when they do not consent to treatment. Furthermore, the guidance looks into literature that reviews the differences between parent-initiated treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders and court-mandated treatment for juvenile offenders.
Residential Treatment Program for Teens
Federal Trade Commission (2008)
Answers various questions surrounding residential treatment, primarily licensing, credentials, and criteria.
Youth Residential Treatment Programs: What Clients and Parents Can Expect
KVC Niles (2017)
Provides information on what you can expect from a youth residential treatment program, including information about professional help and how mental health issues will be addressed in order to prevent long-term impacts to their health and wellness.