Inner Harbour Campus

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Inner Harbour Campus

Located on a beautiful, 1,200-acre wooded space outside of Atlanta, the Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus is home to residential treatment programs for children and youth with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.

Boys and girls living at Inner Harbour are organized by gender, age, diagnosis and functioning level. The 10-12 members of each group live in the same cottage and spend all day together – attending class, eating meals together and participating in activities as a group. Inner Harbor treats boys and girls ages 6 to 17.

“The goal of treatment at Inner Harbour is to have children learn new, more positive behavior patterns that will allow them to do well in the community. The ultimate goal is to allow children to return to their families as quickly as possible, whenever possible.”

Intensive Therapy

The psychiatrists, counselors and staff at Inner Harbour practice a special clinical approach that focuses on teaching youth more effective ways to regulate their emotions, deal with distressing situations in their lives, and to improve relationships with the people around them.

Our services include:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Group, individual and family therapy with master-level counselors
  • A highly structured environment
  • A 5:1 staff ratio
  • Brain-based services for children with significant developmental challenges

A Place for Artful Learning

Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour Campus has a state-accredited school located right on our campus that is specifically designed to meet the challenges of educating children with emotional and behavioral needs. Our teachers are trained in the Artful Learning Model, which is grounded in instilling aspects of caring.

  • Individualized assessment and instruction
  • Small class sizes
  • Integration of arts across all subjects
  • Academic and behavioral instruction
  • Social skills groups
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Special education
  • Life skills and vocational instruction
  • Emphasis on reading-level progress
  • Focus on children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity

Therapeutic Recreation

Trained recreational therapy staff regularly engage the boys and girls at Inner Harbour in therapeutic activities in order to teach teamwork, encourage sportsmanship, strengthen trust, improve communication and allow children to expend “stored-up” energy.

Activities include:

  • Ropes course
  • Yoga
  • Art therapy
  • Brain gym
  • West African-style therapeutic drumming
  • Equine and pet therapy
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • ServSafe training program

Well-being is a Priority

Well-being and safety are a top priority on our campuses and staff constantly monitor youth for health or behavioral issues.

Our facility includes:

  • On-site nurses 24/7
  • Pediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Visiting dentist and optometrist
  • Nightly room checks
  • Staff-secure and monitored facility

TRICARE Approved

As an approved TRICARE provider for residential treatment, the Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus offers a unique program for children of military families. That means treatment is covered for the youth in families of active-duty and retired military personnel who participate in TRICARE.

Association for Experiential Education accreditation seal

Association for Experiential Education

The Inner Harbour Campus is accredited by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE). The Association for Experiential Education accredits the experiential therapy department which offers unique therapeutic programs including equine therapy, hiking, canoeing and more. These services are provided to youth with mental and behavioral health challenges. This accreditation is evidence of Youth Villages compliance with AEE’s standards and implementation of high-quality services.

Association for Experiential Education accreditation seal


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Contact Us

Phone: 770-852-6300 | Toll-free: 800-255-8657 | Fax: 770-852-6301

To inquire about referring a child to a Youth Villages residential treatment center that meets his or her treatment needs, please complete our referral form.