Treatment Programs & Levels of Care

At Desert Hills, we are devoted to helping children and adolescents reach their full potential and obtain an overall happy, healthy, and productive quality of life. In order to do so, we offer a number of programming options that are tailored to meet the many needs of a large number of populations.

Our main treatment component here at Desert Hills is our residential treatment center (RTC), this RTC model offers semi-secure, structured, therapeutic group living for children and adolescents who are struggling with behavioral, neurological, and/or emotional problems where there is documented history and clinical information that justifies that the needs of the child or adolescent cannot be met at a lower level of care. Individual, family, and group therapies, along with a comprehensive educational program, medication management, and discharge and aftercare planning, are a few of the essential elements that make up the comprehensive therapeutic environment here at Desert Hills.

The following points outlines the additional comprehensive programming that is offered as part of our full continuum of care here at Desert Hills:

The residential treatment center (RTC) provides services for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who are severely emotionally disturbed and require extensive support and a comprehensive approach to psychiatric, social, and psychological needs. This program is focused on working with children by utilizing evidence-based models such as Attachment Theory, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The dual diagnosis unit offers specialized treatment to adolescent boys and girls who have problems with drugs and/or alcohol who are also struggling with a primary mental health diagnosis. This program uses a combination of a 12-step and psycho-education program that is designed specifically for adolescents. The Girl’s Circle, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) are also utilized with a strong emphasis being placed on relapse prevention and support within the community for discharge preparation.

The day treatment program provides coordinated, intensive, and individualized therapeutic group and educational services for children, adolescents, and their families who are residing within the community. This program is offered five days a week between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. Evidence-based models implemented in this program include wraparound, Girl’s Circle, Collaborative Problem-Solving, Double Trouble in Recovery, and CBT.

Familyworks, Inc. Treatment Foster Care Program (TFC) is a separate, nonprofit corporation that coordinates services with and is managed by Desert Hills. This program is offered for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18 who are severely emotionally disturbed (SED) and are in need of constant and consistent supervision, yet are unable to return to their natural homes or engage in regular foster care. Treatment foster care parents are licensed, have completed specialized training, and engage in ongoing training regarding SED children. The children’s clinical needs are addressed through their individualized treatment plans and treatment coordinators with the ultimate goal of reunification with their natural families. The treatment modalities used in this program include CBT, play therapy, and motivational interviewing.

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