Residential Treatment Centers

Designed for adolescents with more severe emotional issues who present with a good deal of clinical complexity, residential treatment centers (RTCs) are highly structured and adult-monitored programs usually(but not always) in secured or locked facilities. RTCs focus to varying degrees on behavioral support, but often have a traditional medical component, with medication management and medical monitoring available on site.

These centers are often accredited by the Joint Commission or the accreditation of Health care Organizations of the Council on Accreditation. Because they provide medical management, their costs are sometimes covered by health insurance. More recently, long-term treatment centers that are based in large home-like settings have become a trend. These programs can deal with a clinically complex dually-diagnosed adolescent, without a pathologizing or institutional feeling.

Length of stay is typically six months to one year.