Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

We believe that everyone, regardless of their background, has the potential for greatness. Our Short-Term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP) provides troubled Children and Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) with evidence-based clinical and behavioral services. These services are designed to reduce high-risk behaviors so these children can return to their homes and their communities as quickly as possible. The length of stay for each individual can range from one to several months, depending on their specific needs.


Upon intake, each program participant is screened, assigned a treatment team, and receives a treatment plan that’s customized to their particular needs. Each participant’s therapist ensures that the participant’s goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-related (SMART), based on personalized diagnosis, interventions, and the individual’s unique needs. 

All interventions are trauma-informed and can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Individual cognitive therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Specialty groups
  • Family therapy
  • Therapeutic behavioral services
  • Evidence-based programs
  • Motivational interviewing

Treatment goals and interventions are developed through close collaboration between the participant, family, therapist, county representative(s), psychiatrist, friends/community supports, TBS coach, nurse, and other clinical personnel. The team meets as needed, with a minimum of once each quarter, to review participant progress, adjust treatment goals, and measure program outcomes to ensure the participant’s success.

Independent Living Skills (ILS) Program

Our ILS Program provides a reality-oriented experience for children and Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) who have reached sixteen years of age and need to prepare for living independently. Our efforts focus on providing skills required for gainful employment, entry into college, entry into military service, admissions into trade schools, and accomplishing everyday tasks and skills in a self-sufficient manner.
Our ILS program requires individuals to attend weekly structured group sessions where emancipation topics are discussed. Off-site workshops, field trips, computer skills training, and other classes supplement and complement the Independent Living Skills Program.

We accept Program Participants assigned from the Juvenile Dependency Court, the Juvenile Delinquency Court (per California Welfare and Institutions Codes WIC §§ 300, 601, 602), and on occasion, directly from parents or guardians (Private Placement).

Conditions & Concerns Acceptable For STRTP Program Entry

The specific Conditions and Concerns of the Program Participants accepted into our ILS program may include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Aggressive or assaultive behaviors
  • Property destruction
  • Fire-setting
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Self-abusive or suicidal behaviors
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexually acting out
  • Runaways 

Our Short-Term Residential Program provides stabilization, assessment, diagnostic, and planning services to transition the Program Participant to a more stable setting. Our Program Participants are screened on a case-by-case basis, depending on the commonality of our current Program Participant population’s needs for a safe and secure environment for those in severe distress.

Factors For Denial Of STRTP Program Placement

  • Individuals who are not compatible with existing Program Participants will not be placed in this program.
  • Individuals will not be placed in our facility if we are not properly staffed or equipped to treat any of their particular traits or needs.
  • We are not able to enroll individuals who are medically fragile or require daily nursing skills because this program does not employ nursing staff.
  • We are not able to enroll individuals who are non-ambulatory because our facilities are not approved for the proper fire clearances.
  • We will not enroll individuals with Contagious or Infectious diseases.
  • We will not accept individuals who are blind.
This facility does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, or sexual orientation. Our intake procedures will also include provisions for a behavior intervention plan to be in place.