A safe place to begin healing.

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Who We Treat

We help youth who challenge traditional mental and behavioral health solutions.

Finding help for youth with specific challenges can be difficult. Youth Villages’ residential treatment centers for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 provide treatment in the context of a variety of specialized conditions and behaviors.


  • Extreme aggressive or defiant behaviors
  • Problem sexual behaviors
  • Emotional disturbance and co-occurring medical conditions
  • Suicidal and self-harming behaviors
  • Chronic runaway behaviors with high risk of harm to self or others
  • Psychotic symptoms and behaviors
  • Youth with intellectual disability (IQ of 50 or above)
  • DSM-V diagnosable mental disorder

How We Treat

We believe residential treatment should be short term.

At Youth Villages, our guiding vision is a commitment to stepping youth down to the least restrictive treatment option possible—preferably back to a family or other home-like setting.

That means our residential treatment includes preparations for continuing therapy outside of a residential context, and when possible, preparing for family reunification.

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teacher with youth at classroom desk

Why We’re Different

We have more than 30 years of experience doing what works.

Founded in 1986, Youth Villages has gained a national reputation for the tracking and measurement of outcomes – the foundation of effective treatment models.

We know what works, and our residential programs are some of the most successful in the country.

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Brain-based experiential recreational therapy
  • Crisis Prevention Institute Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
  • Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS)
  • Master-level counselors
  • High staff to youth ratio with 24-hour supervision
  • Individual, family and group therapy

For youth who need help in a safe and nurturing environment, Youth Villages offers a variety of residential options. Our research-based therapy treats serious emotional and behavioral problems in young people, as well as co-occurring disorders.


We offer programs whose structure keeps young people focused. Our structure entails counseling sessions and productive activities that engage patients. We also give breaks where patients can relax, converse, and share skills. 

A Supportive Environment

The staff members in our program understand what young people are experiencing and, as a result, can offer support. We ensure peer support for all our young people. We provide a support network by connecting with group therapy and support groups through opportunities we create daily. These networks are available to young people during their entire healing process, and they help them conquer any obstacles along the way. 

Multiple Therapies and Treatments

Addiction is a disease that affects your mental, psychological, and physical health. We help you develop a healthy coping mechanism that will help you avoid relapses. We offer the following therapies and treatments:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Motivational therapy
  • Contingency management
  • Dialectal behavioral therapy
  • Multidimensional family therapy
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy

All these and others aim at ensuring your post-rehab healing. We also offer programs like yoga, meditation, and exercise routines to help you improve your stress and mental concentration.

Medical Support

We provide medical and clinical attention to our patients 24/7 at our facility. Medical support is essential for patients with severe addiction so that they don’t relapse. Patients with a substance use disorder are likely to develop health issues as their bodies adapt to a drug-free life. Their bodies experience a lot of stress, and they may end up with mental and physical illnesses after withdrawal. When doctors are around, patients feel safe about their health, which can speed up recovery.

Developing New Habits

In our facility, we ensure that we help patients build new healthy habits. These habits aim to reduce the urge to go back to drinking. These include engaging in sports and staying away from bad influences. We help you create new healthy relationships.



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