A safe place to begin healing.

Refer a Child
FedEx Cares Day at Bartlett Campus October 25, 2019.

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.

Karrisa walking with youth
Counselor with youth having a session

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.



Bartlett Campus


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Dogwood Campus


Rose Center for Girls


Inner Harbour Campus