Behavioral Health

Admission Criteria for Adolescent Residential Treatment Program

The following criteria is used in determining appropriateness for admission to the residential program.


Adolescents admitted to the Residential Treatment Program meet guidelines established by the Interdepartmental Regulation of Residential Facilities for Children. The following are general considerations for admission.

  • The resident is between the ages of 12 and 17. After admission to the program, a resident who turns 18 may remain in the program until his/her 19th birthday.
  • Presence of a DSM-5 Axis I diagnosis which indicates the presence of an emotional or behavioral disorder, which is moderate to severe in nature.
  • Demonstrates need for a highly structured environment and inability to maintain stability in a community setting. Requires 24-hour care to maintain safety and security.
  • Has a natural, adoptive or foster family, or an assigned agency worker as a legal guardian with which there is current or potential involvement.
  • Full scale I.Q. (WISC-R) of 75 or above.
  • Exhibits significant mental, emotional or behavioral problems or needs, which cannot be adequately served or treated in the existing home or school environment.
  • Does not manifest grossly psychotic or manic behaviors, which require a more structured setting such as acute care hospitalization.
  • Is functionally capable of participating in the treatment program and completing daily living tasks.