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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 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.

Population Served:
Those with 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 issues. We’re here to help, day or night.

Adolescent Program features include:
Assessment(s), a physical exam, psychosocial treatment, psychiatric treatment, nursing care, educational options, recreational therapies, and others as needed

Individual Therapy includes:
A psychiatrist and/or a therapist

Group Therapy includes:
Coping tools, anger management, substance abuse prevention and adventure-based counseling

Structured Programs:
Point and level systems

Patient Education:
Stress management, social skills, daily living skills, goal setting and pastoral care

Family Therapy:
Parenting support group, and sessions with the therapist and the patient

Recreation Programs:
Fitness, music, sports and art

Higdon Hill School

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 Medicare, 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.