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Although admission requirements vary based on the individual program, primarily, we treat:

  • Hard-to-help, hard-to-place children; children who have failed at numerous other programs
  • Children with emotional and behavioral problems plus co-occurring medical issues
  • Children who have severe acting out behaviors
  • Boys and girls, ages 7-18
  • Children with Verbal IQ 50 and above
  • Children with problem sexual behaviors
  • Emotionally-disturbed children with developmental disabilities or delays

Location and Funding Considerations
Youth Villages contracts with many state child welfare, juvenile justice and children’s mental health agencies to provide both residential and in-home treatment for children involved with those systems.
Youth Villages is a provider for a number of state Medicaid departments as well as TRICARE.
We accept children into our residential treatment programs from many different areas of the country. If contracts are in place, funding is provided by state Medicaid. Otherwise single-case agreements are developed with state, county or municipal governments, a board of education, etc.

For intensive in-home treatment, our counselors must be based close enough to a child’s home to make regular visits and be readily available to the child and his or her family. Please visit this site’s Where We Serve section to learn more about our service areas for in-home treatment.

If you are a concerned parent of a child or teen with emotional or behavioral issues simply looking for some help, please visit our family resources center for articles, links and advice.

Referral Questionnaire

To find out if Youth Villages can help you with a referral, please complete the brief questionnaire below. We will keep all of the information you provide completely confidential.

Begin your referral inquiry here.

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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