Residential Program

At Desert Hills, we specialize in offering fully comprehensive residential programming that encompasses a full continuum of care. The Residential Treatment Program is designed to offer compassionate services for severely emotionally disturbed youth, both males and females, who are experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral problems. This program consists of 24-hour nursing and an intensive therapeutic and educational program. All patients are assigned to their own treatment teams of which include nurses, therapists, the program director, unit staff, and psychiatrists.

At Desert Hills, we offer our patients specialized treatment by separating our treatment center into 10 distinct units, enabling us to care for patients in a setting that is conducive to meeting their specific needs while surrounding them with a population of peers who are facing similar challenges. The designated units here at Desert Hills include the following:

Chrysalis: This unit serves girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 18 who are struggling with intellectual, developmental, and cognitive difficulties. This unit serves client’s struggling with trauma histories, anger/aggression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or other unsafe behaviors.  This unit uses Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Cedar: This unit serves boys between the ages of 5 and 12 who have experienced trauma and are struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.  The unit focuses on Behavioral Therapy while integrating components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, along with EMDR.

Sycamore: This unit serves female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who are faced with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances such as depression, anxiety, attachment, opposition, impulse control, anger management, trauma symptoms, and relational issues. The unit utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Redwood: This is a specialized unit for girls between the ages of 13 and 18  who have a history of trauma. This program accepts female adolescents who have had multiple treatment failures, are on probation or parole, and/or who are in CYFD custody who require a sub-acute level of care. These girls may exhibit self-injurious behaviors or have constant suicidal urges or attempts.  The primary treatment modality is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is also utilized.

Evergreen: This unit serves female children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 who are in need of care for intense emotional concerns and subsequent behavioral issues, such as suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, depression, and PTSD, among others. This program utilizes the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Bonsai/Ponderosa: This unit serves males between the ages of 12 and 18 who are faced with multiple diagnoses and severe emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, impulse control, anger management, and trauma. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy are utilized.

Cypress: This dual diagnosis unit serves girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who are struggling with substance abuse concerns, as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. Treatment methods used on this unit include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing Approach. This program also utilizes EMDR and DBT.

Dragontree: This unit serves boys and girls within the Deaf population who are between the ages of 12 and 18 and in need of care for any number of behavioral, emotional, or cognitive concerns. The Deaf staff provides the person with a culturally affirming therapeutic living environment.  Therapies used on this unit include; Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Oak/Mulberry: This dual diagnosis unit serves males between the ages of 12 and 18 who are struggling with substance abuse concerns, as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. Treatment within Oak/Mulberry uses EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing approach in working with this population.

Additionally, we also provide beneficial treatment for youth who are members of military families on our units that cater to female children and adolescents as well as individuals with cognitive deficits and developmental disabilities.

The philosophy that we stand by in regards to delivering residential treatment is that children should always be treated with unconditional positive regard. By treating children and their families with respect and kindness, the environment becomes one that is open for therapeutic intervention and positive growth. The residential treatment program utilizes a behavior modification model that is structured to teach children to increase their awareness and to talk about their thoughts and feelings. Our treatment team believes that the thoughts, feelings, and needs that children have are instrumental in impacting the choices they make and that children are constantly seeking feedback for their behavior.

The foundation of our residential program focuses on teaching our patients that safe, positive, and appropriate behaviors lead to positive consequences and that acting in an unsafe, negative, and inappropriate manner leads to negative consequences. We use a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach in the milieu of treatment, which includes a phase system that children move up in as they progress through treatment. Therapy focuses on not only the individual but on his or her family as well. Focusing on the entire family unit is essential as guiding and facilitating an open dialogue, while also teaching appropriate intervention skills, assures success once children leave our program.

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