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Treatment for Adolescents

It can be difficult to determine whether troubling behavior in an adolescent is a natural part of their development, or an issue that should be discussed with a health professional. But if behavioral symptoms last for weeks or months and interfere with life at home or at school, it may be time to seek help.

Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services, located in Birmingham, Alabama, offers a highly structured acute inpatient Adolescent Program for youth ages 11–18 who are unable to function within their home or school environment. These individuals often need more intensive diagnostic and/or therapeutic services than cannot be provided on an outpatient basis.

The Adolescent Program is designed to provide a high level of direct patient care and includes physical, social and medical treatment interventions. Following the completion of the Adolescent Program, our staff makes an appropriate referral for patients to continue treatment in a less restrictive level of care.We also offer a Residential Treatment Center for adolescents ages 12–18 who may benefit from long-term treatment (often a five to eight month stay) in a secure therapeutic environment.

Who Do We Serve at Our Treatment Center for Teens?

Teenage mental health services at adolescent inpatient treatment benefits patients of all types and with many different issues. Mental health disorders are not all the same, and neither is each patient. 

At our adolescent residential treatment center, we serve those with mental health problems including: 

  • Severe depression
  • Sexual abuse issues
  • Severe mood swings
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • ADHD
  • Childhood trauma
  • And more 

Contact us for a no-cost, confidential assessment if you or someone you know is experiencing these types of mental health issues. We’re here to help, day or night.

Features of Residential Treatment for Adolescents

The typical process for long-term residential treatment for adolescents includes: 

  • Assessment(s)
  • A physical exam
  • Psychosocial treatment
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Nursing care
  • Educational options
  • Recreational therapies
  • Others as needed

Individual Therapy

Inpatient treatment for teenagers often includes individual therapies with a psychiatrist and/or a therapist.

Group Therapy

Inpatient treatment for adolescents often includes: 

  • Coping tools
  • Anger management
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Adventure-based counseling

Structured Program

Our structured program in residential care includes point and level systems, among other processes designed to build a strong routine and support system.

Patient Education

Patient education on mental health conditions are important in residential mental health facilities for youth. These can include: 

  • Stress management
  • Social skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Goal setting
  • Pastoral care

Family Therapy

Family should be a part of the healing process, especially when it comes to young adults and teen treatment. We offer several ways for families to get involved, including a parenting support group and sessions with the therapist and the patient.

Recreation Programs

Recreational programs help to create a happier, healthier and more well-rounded individual. Some of our recreational programs include fitness, music, sports and art.


Mental health care is important, but so is education. Our residential programs include a partnership with Higdon Hill School to make sure that your loved one’s education does not suffer while they try to become healthier. 

Discharge Planning

We offer relapse prevention planning, and an opportunity for families to continue participating in parenting support group. 


Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services accepts Alabama Medicaid for our adolescent programs in addition to TRICARE®, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and most commercial and managed care plans. Contact us for more information.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services’ professional staff are here to help. Call 205-833-9000 or 800-292-8553 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.