Treatment Programs & Levels of Care

At Desert Hills Of New Mexico, our programs and level of care offer compassionate care for emotionally-disturbed youth experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral problems.

Programs Overview

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.

Residential Treatment Center

The residential treatment center (RTC) provides services for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 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).

Dual Diagnosis Unit

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.

Day Treatment Program

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 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Evidence-based models implemented in this program include wraparound, Girl’s Circle, Collaborative Problem-Solving, Double Trouble in Recovery, and CBT.

Recovery Really Is Possible

Although it was a hard decision to send our child to Desert Hills, I can't thank the staff enough. Our family feels stronger and we understand each other's emotions so much better now.

– Taylo J.