The Youth Villages Boys Center for Intensive Residential Treatment provides a closely supervised environment to treat children and youth who suffer from the most serious emotional and behavioral problems, such as suicidal or self-harming conditions, psychotic symptoms, sexual behavior problems and behavioral issues complicated by chronic medical problems.
Treatment components include:
- Comprehensive child and family evaluation.
- 24-hour nursing care and close supervision by a child-and-adolescent psychiatrist.
- Group, individual, and family therapy with master's-level counselors and licensed mental health professionals.
- A highly structured environment with small groups of children focused on specific treatment needs.
- A 3:1 staff ratio, with staff specifically trained and assigned based on each child's needs.
- Children attend school at the center with curriculum modified according to the educational needs of each child.
- Related therapies -- speech, language, vocational, recreational -- are provided.
The center offers:
- Immediate access. The center's design, four separate courtyards with a total of 62 beds, allows for flexible admission of both boys and girls between ages 8 and 17. The center accepts admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Help for children and youth with intensive needs. The center is designed to help young people who suffer from the most challenging behaviors such as: Suicidal and self-harming behaviors; aggressive behaviors that are the result of severe emotional problems; chronic runaway behaviors with high risk of harm to self or others; psychotic symptoms and behaviors; sexual behavior problems; and behavioral issues with co-occurring medical problems.
- A central role for families. At the center, families are supported in making changes that will ensure long-term success for the child and family at home. When possible, children will be returned home quickly with intensive in-home services.