Residential Treatment Program Serving Children & Teens in New Mexico

At Desert Hills, our residential treatment program offers compassionate care for emotionally-disturbed youth experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral problems.

Residential Treatment Program Overview

Residential treatment consists of 24-hour nursing and an intensive therapeutic and educational program. All patients in residential care have their own treatment teams. Treatment teams include nurses, therapists, the program director, unit staff, and psychiatrists.

Our residential programming is separated into 10 distinct units. This allows patients to be surrounded by peers who are facing similar issues.

Male & Female Residential Treatment Units

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 clients struggling with trauma histories, anger/aggression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or other unsafe behaviors.  Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

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.  Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Female-Specific Residential Treatment Units

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. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

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. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

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, 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. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Mulberry

The Mulberry Program at Desert Hills is designed for females ages 14-17.  Adolescents who meet admission criteria have a history of emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation which poses a significant risk of harm to self or others and renders the adolescent incapable of developmentally-appropriate self-care or self-regulation. Intensive outpatient services and supports have been unable to safely maintain the adolescent at home or in the community. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

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. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Male-Specific Residential Treatment Units

Cedar

The Cedar Unit at Desert Hills provides individualized treatment and an incentive system for male children ages 5 to 12 years old. The program uses interdisciplinary, evidence-based (Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and age-appropriate therapeutic approaches that meet the developmental, psychological, social, family and educational needs of this population. The youth in the Cedar program have severe emotional disturbances ranging in scope from depression, anxiety, attachment, opposition, poor impulse control, anger management, and trauma symptoms. The program is “child-friendly” allowing for play to be an integral part of treatment and personal development.

Bonsai

The Bonsai Program at Desert Hills is designed for boys ages 12-18. Adolescents who meet admission criteria have a history of emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation which poses a significant risk of harm to self or others and renders the adolescent incapable of developmentally-appropriate self-care or self-regulation.  Intensive outpatient service and supports have been unable to safely maintain the adolescent in the home or the community. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Ponderosa

The Ponderosa Program at Desert Hills is designed for boys ages 12-18.  Adolescents who meet admission criteria have a history of emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation which poses a significant risk of harm to self or others and renders the adolescent incapable of developmentally-appropriate self-care or self-regulation.  Intensive outpatient service and supports have been unable to safely maintain the adolescent in the home or the community. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Oak

The Oak Program at Desert Hills is designed for adolescent males ages 14-18.  Adolescents who meet admission criteria have a history of escalating substance abuse in addition to other psychiatric symptoms posing a significant risk of harm to self or others.  Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)-Therapists are trained in EMDR and utilize this modality to treat trauma.

Recovery Really Is Possible

As a father, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your daughter overcome her struggles with depression.  Thanks to Desert Hills, she is stronger and more confident than ever before.

– Matt K.