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Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents

Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents

Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents

Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services offers residential treatment for adolescents ages 12–18 from Alabama and other states who are in need of long-term treatment due to severe behavioral, emotional and/or family problems.

The projected length of stay in Adolescent Residential Treatment at Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is five to eight months, though this varies by each youth’s individual treatment needs.

What Do Our Teenage Mental Health Assessments Include? 

Before starting residential treatment for youth at Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services, an assessment must be made to determine if residential psychiatric care is right for them. No patient is one-size-fits-all, and neither is your adolescent’s mental health. 

A physical exam, psychosocial and psychiatric evaluations, nursing care, educational options and recreational treatment are a few examples of what assessments we offer as well as what those assessments can entail. 

Why Individual Therapy?

Individual residential therapy for teens can include a psychiatrist and a therapist who will work with the patient to meet their needs. 

Why Group Therapy?

Group therapy can help build trust and a support system during long-term residential treatment. 

Some group therapies included in psychiatric care for teens include: 

  • Survivors of abuse group
  • Coping tools
  • Anger management
  • Substance abuse prevention and adventure-based counseling
  • Behavioral therapy 

Structured Programs:

Structure is key in meeting mental health disorder treatment goals, as it builds healthy habits and a trusted routine. A few structured programs at our long term residential treatment center include: 

  • Point and level systems
  • Team competitions

Behavioral Health Residential Treatment and School 

Mental health treatment is important, but so is school. We offer a school/curriculum through Higdon Hill School that is designed to meet the educational needs of your child while they work on their mental health issues in our rehab program. 

Patient Education:

Part of the time in residential mental health treatment is educating patients on everything from breaking the stigma of mental illness and psychiatric hospitals to goal setting and stress management. 

A few of the way we educate patients include: 

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

Family Therapy:

Residential treatment programs should include a patient’s family, and we understand that. We offer several ways to include family in the healing process, including: 

  • Parenting support group
  • Sessions with the therapist and patient

Recreation Program

Many residential facilities include recreation programs, including ours. These programs are designed to help create a better, more well-rounded individual through expression and physical health. 

Some of these include: 

  • Fitness
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Art

Discharge Planning:

Discharge planning includes relapse prevention planning, with an option for families to continue participating in a parenting support group.

Our Philosophy

The program is designed for adolescents who do not require the intensity of an acute program but who are emotionally and behaviorally unable to function appropriately in the home and school environments. We provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment where clients are encouraged to gain awareness of their feelings, thoughts, needs and behaviors.

We take a psychosocial, family-oriented approach in nurturing and shaping adolescents and their families. This approach allows our patients to reach their full potential in coping with stress, developing intimacy and achieving success in life. When there is a lack of family involvement, the therapist will work with the respective social worker to involve appropriate relatives or guardians. A therapeutic, structured treatment program teaches our residents cooperation, negotiation and problem solving skills. As their skills progress, responsibility levels increase within their therapeutic community and family.

Clients can then take this awareness and channel it toward appropriate ways of coping. The family and adolescent are encouraged to be active participants in their treatment plan design and implementation.

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.