Residential Services

What we can do for your young person

Our Program

  • We provide a safe, structured, home-like living environment.
  • Educational instruction is geared to the individual's needs by highly skilled, licensed educators in our on-unit classrooms.
  • Programming encourages the individual to focus on their issues, explore untapped resources, develop a sense of self-worth and nurture healthy, positive relationship with others.
  • Therapy is designed to assist the individual and family to cope with emotional, behavioral, or psychological problems from a variety of issues including abuse and neglect.

Our Focus

  • Earning points/levels through positive behavior, accomplishing challenges, taking responsibility, and self reliance.
  • Providing direction, support and new problem-solving skills while learning to cope with life issues.
  • Providing programs that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Being involved with families and community agencies throughout the placement.

Medical Director
Child/Adolescent Services

Velma A. Bacak, MD

Comments from graduates of our residential program:

"I think this is definitely the best program in the state. It was the 12th program I've been to and it was the only one I left successfully."

"This has been a great program. I truly believe it has saved my child. I prayed for a miracle and your facility gave it to our family."

"I could not have made it if not for my teachers, therapist and the staff."


Components of our residential program

Individualized treatment is determined by the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (led by a board-certified Child Psychiatrist).

  • Activities therapy - recreation, fitness, wellness, pool, gym
  • Psychoeducational groups Rainbow Rain Flowers in Circle
  • Life skills instruction/skills development
  • Recreation/leisure outings
  • Art therapy
  • Medication education and management
  • Medical assessment and evaluation
  • Monthly treatment planning sessions
  • Substance abuse education groups
  • Education through Riverside Academy, licensed by the Virginia Department of Education
  • Nutrition assessment/education

Creative Programming:

  • Life skills - planning, budgeting, cooking, laundry, community involvement, application and resume writing
  • Computer labs
  • Gardening

How a young person can enter our Residential Program

Contact us at 757-827-1001 or 800-759-1001 (toll-free) and ask for Residential Admissions.

The Admissions Committee needs the following information to evaluate potential candidates for the residential program:

Fax or mail the completed application to:

Residential Admissions
Riverside Behavioral Health Center
2244 Executive Drive
Hampton, VA 23666-2430
Fax: 757-315-3811

If a candidate is accepted into our program, additional information will be required. This information includes:

  • Immunization records
  • IEP
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social History
  • Statement of medical necessity for the residential level of care


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