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Residential Treatment

In certain cases, children experiencing severe symptoms related to their mental health condition may require a higher level of care that surpasses what outpatient programs can offer. These children may need services that necessitate continuous observation and structured activities, which are challenging to provide while they remain at home. Residential treatment facilities offer a solution to meet these specific requirements.

Typically, children in need of this level of care have repeatedly exhibited behaviors that have been hard to manage and have proven to be unsafe, both for themselves and others. Residential treatment facilities can provide them with intensive and comprehensive treatment, along with the essential structure and supervision required to ensure their safety.

Residential facilities offer security and controlled access, safeguarding the well-being of the child, staff, and visitors. Children may remain in these programs for several months, with the ultimate goal of returning home and reuniting with their families.

These programs usually include the following components:

  • Structured treatment plans and schedules that promote and reinforce healthy behavior.
  • Individual and group therapies.
  • Family involvement, encompassing family therapy, which increases the likelihood of a successful return to the home environment.
  • An academic component where children attend school either within the facility or in a nearby location.

Recognizing the signs that may indicate a need for residential treatment for your child can provide you with greater confidence and assurance when facing this challenging decision. As you are the expert on your child, trusting your instincts is crucial.

Let’s explore some of the indicators that may suggest residential treatment could be beneficial for your child, how to evaluate different placement options, and some of the relevant barriers and factors that may impact your decision.

Making The Decision
Residential treatment might be a suitable choice for various reasons, including assessing and clarifying a diagnosis, providing crisis intervention, delivering intensive treatment for psychiatric symptoms, or addressing substance use.

When making such a complex decision, it’s essential to ensure that you’ve explored all available options. Although residential treatment is often considered a “last resort” due to the intensity of the program and associated costs, you might find it helpful to reframe this decision as one that offers the best available option to provide the necessary social, emotional, and academic support when other options have proven insufficient.

Indicators That Residential Treatment May Be Appropriate For Your Child

  • They pose a danger to themselves or others due to self-harm, self-destructive behaviors, violent or aggressive actions, or suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
  • They exhibit signs of substance use problems.
  • They struggle with eating disorders.
  • They often run away.
  • They face persistent school problems that haven’t improved with other interventions, such as refusal to attend, academic decline, conflicts with peers, or disciplinary actions.
  • They undergo behavior changes that haven’t responded to traditional treatment.
  • -hey experience severe mood changes that haven’t responded to traditional treatment.

When you reach the point of considering residential treatment for your child, it can feel quite disheartening. You’ve likely explored numerous treatment options and various levels of care, experiencing significant stress and disruption in your home and school life. Many parents also grapple with the stigma and fear of potential judgment and criticism when considering residential programs. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to remember that your child’s needs are the driving force behind your choices, with the goal of ensuring their safety and providing them with the necessary tools and strategies to manage their condition.

Evaluating A Program
Given the variety of available programs, choosing the right one can be a daunting process. It’s crucial to gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision about the program that best meets your child’s needs.

Here are some recommendations to help determine which program may be the most suitable for your child:

  • Seek consultation with your child’s mental health providers for their recommendations and insights.
  • Conduct thorough research to confirm that the facilities are state-licensed and in good standing without any sanctions from relevant licensing entities in your state. Additionally, inquire about accreditation from national organizations like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the program’s details, including the modalities of therapies employed, evidence-based treatments, and the experience of practitioners in treating children with similar diagnoses. Learn how the program handles problem behavior, engages families in treatment, and communicates updates on treatment and progress. Inquire about the daily schedule and educational curriculum.
  • Visit the program by scheduling a tour, exploring the campus, and conversing with the director and staff. Trust your intuition and evaluate factors such as staff-to-child ratios, the program’s philosophy, and its approach to supporting children through this transition. Steer clear of programs that limit family contact and involvement in treatment.
  • Connect with families who have had their children treated at the facility. In addition to visiting the facility and speaking with staff, feedback and testimonials from parents can provide invaluable insights. You can reach out to families through online support groups or request contact information from the program for former families.

Accessing And Paying For A Program
Residential programs can be costly, and they are often not covered by private insurance or Medicaid. It’s important to note that insurance providers that do cover residential treatment costs will only do so if the placement is deemed medically necessary. Another potential option is through the school district, specifically their special education programs as part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The school district may fund placement if they determine that regular school facilities cannot adequately meet your child’s needs.