Our Admissions Process

At Desert Hills, we know that placing your child in treatment is not only a difficult decision, but can also be very confusing and overwhelming. This is why we have a fully qualified staff, who will assist you make the admission process run as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Admissions Overview

Here at Desert Hills, we know that placing your child in a residential treatment program is not only a difficult decision but can also be very confusing and overwhelming. This is why we have a fully qualified admissions staff, who will do everything thing they can to make the admission process run as smooth as possible for everyone involved. The admission staff will be able to answer any questions that you may have, check insurance benefits, and will collect the information we need to be able to determine if your child meets the criteria for admission into our treatment programs.

Admissions Criteria

The admission criteria for our program includes the following:

  • Be between the ages of 11 to 17 year old
  • Meet the criteria for an Axis I diagnosis
  • Be able to provide an assessment or psychological evaluation that has been conducted within the past 30 days

Once the admissions staff receives all required documents, our clinical staff will review the information in order to determine if our treatment programs will be able to meet the needs of your child.

Admissions Exclusionary Criteria

If your referent has any of the following concerns, please call to discuss greater detail:

  • Ages 10 and under
  • Active Psychosis (inpatient acuity)
  • Command auditory hallucinations
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Actively suicidal with a plan (inpatient acuity)
  • Swallowing foreign objects
  • Non-amenability to treatment
  • Noncompliance with medication
  • Barricading behind closed doors
  • History of elopement while in treatment
  • Climbing unsafe structures or onto roofs
  • Excessive aggression- physical violence; causing grave bodily harm
  • Significant/egregious property destruction
  • Actively using substances with potential for physiological withdrawal
  • Primary medical diagnoses or conditions:
    • Diabetes/Insulin dependence
    • Blood clotting disorders
    • Pregnancy
    • Seizure disorder
    • Other serious medical health issues that require a higher level of skilled nursing
  • Severe Conduct Disorder
  • Active Eating Disorders
  • Severe cognitive disability or Autism Spectrum disorders (IQ below 70)
  • Sexual Aggression/ significant sexually maladaptive behaviors
  • Fire setting
  • Smearing/ingesting of feces
  • Cannot complete hygiene/ activities of daily living on own
  • Outstanding legal history/charges of any capital crime or serious criminal offense

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At Desert Hills, we provide psychological assessments free of charge that will determine which level of care your child or adolescent would be most beneficial for their presenting mental health concerns.

Recovery Really Is Possible

I was really struggling emotionally, but now I have a new outlook on life.

– Amber S.