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Where clinical therapies meet a whole person approach

A clinical approach to mental health; a holistic path to wellness. This powerful mix is what makes Skyland Trail a different kind of mental health solution. 

We're not a hospital or lock-down institution. We're a voluntary treatment community of clients finding new says to overcome the limitations of their illness and reclaim their lives.

But success is built on a two-way commitment - we're committed to our patients and we ask our patients to commit to our approach. Each client has to put in the time and effort needed to make real and sustainable progress.

Skyland Trail focuses on improving individuals' functionality and quality of life, through both symptom management and the development of new skills and perspectives.  A unique psychiatric residential and day treatment program, we offer longer lengths of stay, giving our clients the time and space they need to recover. We offer a unique continuum of care, with deliberate step-downs and reintegration points. 

Our clients gain insight and confidence  from our caring and expert physicians and counselors, from interactions with their peers, and through experiential hands-on activities.

An Integrated, Holistic Approach

Our integrated medical, mental, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends.

Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy, workforce and school readiness, primary care services, family therapy, and healthy living and nutrition coaching.

While each client works with a dedicated psychiatrist and primary counselor over the course of treatment, each client receives help and guidance from a multidisciplinary team of caring experts. 

Clinical team members share information about each client in weekly discussions. Is her nutrition and physical health improving? How is he responding to the new medication? Is he socializing effectively with his peers? Has she been interested and engaged in art or music therapy?  The team is able to evaluate the needs and progress of the whole person. Together, the team agrees on the best treatment approach, and then, individually, each counselor can consistently incorporate that approach into their interactions with the client.

Focus on Recovery

For 25 years, we have helped our clients and families recover from mental illness. Our client-centric approach begins by identifying personal recovery goals. Clients develop an individualized recovery plan that serves as a roadmap for where they want to be at the end of their treatment and what they need to do to get there. Goals include reducing the clinical symptoms of mental illness, but also improving physical health, independent living skills, and social relationships.

Not One-Size-Fits-All

Clients are assigned to a specialized treatment team, schedule, and peer support group based on their diagnoses, symptom,s and self-defined goals. In addition to receiving care from specialized professionals, this individualized approach allows clients to be part of a consistent peer group, kind of like a "homeroom," where they can build trust and support one another. Specialized teams include:


Outcomes data from 2007 through 2014 confirm that our unique approach to recovery works. People who come to Skyland Trail return to their communities with improved skills to pursue more independent and productive lives.

When patients begin treatment, we measure their symptom severity, attitude toward medication adherence, hope for the future, and level of functioning. We measure those indicators again when they complete their treatment. In 2013 we began longitudinal assessments, measuring how our patients sustain recovery up to two years after discharge. Results from these assessments continue to show statistically and clinically significant improvement for our patients on many levels.

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Continuum of Care

How clients move through our levels of care on the path to independent living.
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Our Integrated Approach Works

2013 Treatment Outcomes

68% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in their attitude toward activities of daily living and overall functioning

68% of clients with a primary psychotic disorder experienced a statistically significant improvement in symptoms of psychosis

70% of clients with substance misuse experienced a statistically significant improvement in impulsive or addictive behaviors

67% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in attitudes towards medication adherence

68% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in feelings of hopelessness

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