Benefits of Residential Treatment for Kids

Beyond having specific disorders or diagnoses, there are other factors that may make residential treatment an appropriate fit. Learn more here.

Youth Home’s Tricare-Certified Residential Treatment Program offers hope for youth ages 12-17 with a primary diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder, ODD, Depression/Anxiety, PTSD or Trauma with Award-Winning Recreational Therapy.

The residential program allows patients to live for 3-7 months in a secure and therapeutic environment, under 24/hour supervision from direct care staff and nursing.

When to Choose a Residential Treatment Center 

If you're reading this, you may be researching the best treatment option for your child and family. We want to help you make a well informed decision about whether or not Residential Treatment is necessary and right for you. If so, we want to help you decide if Youth Home is the best option for your child's needs. As a residential treatment facility, we offer a wide range of treatment options, but are not a perfect fit for everyone. There are certain troubles a family may experience with their child that almost always warrant a residential level of care, such as severe symptoms related to:

  • RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)
  • Trauma & PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • ADD / ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorders)
  • ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Beyond having specific disorders or diagnoses, there are other factors that may make residential treatment an appropriate fit, including:

  • Having tried lower levels of care (outpatient, IOP, etc.) with little or no relief of symptoms.
  • Lack of adequate support(s) at home or in the community
  • Safety issues – self-harm urges (self injurious behavior)
  • Diagnostic ambiguity – if treatment providers struggle to determine a child or adolescent’s diagnoses, residential care may be suggested.
    In a residential treatment center, mental health professionals and doctors can gain a more complete view of the patient’s symptoms, behaviors, emotions, etc.

Benefits of Residential Treatment  

  • 24-Hour Support
    The continuous monitoring, and 24/7 support from Nursing and Qualified Behavioral Health Provider services is a huge advantage compared to other levels of care. It feel like an invasion of privacy, this ongoing support and monitoring helps track patient progress, identify triggers and consistent struggles, and prepare each patient for life after discharge.

  • A Variety of Therapeutic Approaches and Theories
    At Youth Home, we primarily focus on Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and lean on tens and twenties of other methods to support our patients. The therapist will prioritize skill-building for both the child and the parents, and assign homework for families to practice these skills. TF-CBT combines elements drawn from multiple approaches and theories:

    • Cognitive therapy, which aims to change behavior by addressing a person’s thoughts or perceptions, particularly those thinking patterns that create distorted or unhelpful views
    • Behavioral therapy, which focuses on modifying habitual responses (e.g., anger, fear) to nondangerous situations or stimuli
    • Family therapy, which examines patterns of interactions among family members to identify and alleviate problems
    • Attachment theory, which emphasizes the importance of the parent-child relationship
    • Developmental neurobiology, which provides insight on the developing brain during childhood

  • Frequent Sessions
    At Youth Home, there is a Therapist on call 24/7, and patients are offered many sessions throughout the week including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, recreational therapy, and more. Our program activities are designed to aid these modalities of therapy by offering therapeutic interaction, game play, social skill training, and more.

  • Structure and Routine
    Patients will wake up and go to sleep at the same time, participate in household chores and duties, and have scheduled mental health and medical appointments. Our residential patients all attend the Arkansas Department of Education approved Siebert School. Of course patients are regularly engaged in Recreational Therapy activities together, and patients are offered time to relax and enjoy leisure activities everyday, as well.

Why Youth Home | TRICARE® In Network Treatment

Accreditation and Licensure
Each state has its own licensure requirements for mental health treatment centers, and even though the qualifications to get licensed may vary slightly, every residential treatment center is required to be licensed. Choosing an RTC that is accredited in addition to being licensed only ensures quality of care. Youth Home is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Accreditation and certification means the health care organization complied with rigorous standards and successfully corrected deficiencies identified at its most recent survey and/or review.

Access to Emergency Care Services
We have working relationships with the local hospitals and/or urgent care facilities. Whether a patient has an accident, engages in self-harm, or is in crisis (and therefore in need of additional support), we have protocols in place to get appropriate care for them immediately.

Aftercare Planning
Planning for a patient’s discharge is an important step in the overall treatment at Youth Home. Discharge planning begins on day one of treatment. Our goal is to provide patients with the therapeutic and life skills necessary to function in a home setting. While in treatment, each patient may have different discharge goals and placement options. Some will return home to their parents/relatives while others will return to foster care or a group home setting. It is the treatment team’s primary goal to make sure patients are placed where their needs will be met medically, educationally, and therapeutically.

Credentialed Staff
In addition to meeting and exceeding credential regulations for our staff members, every staff member is fully and intensively trained in the Trauma Informed Care approach. Every person who is scheduled to work on our campus receives this training.


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Little Rock, Arkansas 72210 

PHONE: 501-821-5500

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