Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)
- Is designed to provide a secure, stable environment to youth who require 24-hour secure care
and need stabilization.
- Suitable for youth who are not responding to lower levels of care
- Locked secure living unit for clients who may be experiencing
difficulties in the following areas: family functioning or social relatedness, sub acute or chronic illness, self care difficulties, and/or impaired safety
such as threat to harm others.
- Developed for youth who have affective disorders, ADD, oppositional defiance, conduct disorder,
sexual/emotional/physical abuse, anxiety disorder and adjustment disorders.
- The treatment plans are developed to meet individual needs and are reviewed weekly
by the treatment team.
- Teach males and females ages 6-18 to learn new living and social skills
- Projected length of stay 3-6 months
- Staff to client ratio is 1 to 4 during awake hours. Two mental health technicians will be present whenever one or more
clients are present.
Components of the program include:
- Individual, group and family counseling sessions
- Counseling sessions provided at least three times a week with other sessions available as needed.
- Psychological and Psychiatric services are also available
- High School students continue to earn credits and may be eligible to make up
missed credits via the PLATO credit recovery system.
- Adjunct services such as speech therapy and occupational therapy are facilitated.
- Family involvement is utilized to aid the success of the client and family therapy
occurs as frequently as possible.
- An Aftercare coordinator to help facilitate a successful reintegration back into the community for each client
PRTF Admission Criteria:
- Exhibit chronic behaviors that endanger themselves or others
- The individual's mental disorder is rated severe or the presence of two or more diagnoses on Axes
I and II indicate that the individual's disturbance is severe or complex. Mental
disorder as classified in the DSM-IV.
- The individual's behavior has disrupted
this placement in the family or in a group residence two or more times in the
past year, or the individual has a persistent pattern of behavior that has
severely disrupted life at home and school over the nine months preceding
inpatient care. For children younger than 12yrs old, these time frames are six
months for a family or group residence, and six months for home and school.
- Family functioning or social relatedness is seriously impaired
- The illness must be of a sub-acute or chronic nature where there has been failure of acute and/or
emergency treatment to sufficiently improve the condition to allow the
patient to function in a lower level of care.
Special Services Include:
- Play Therapy: Utilized with younger children/or children with cognitive delays
- Pet Therapy: A local agency contributes time and resource support to provide clients with exposure to pet therapy.