Residential Treatment

Residential treatment usually is the best level of care for individuals leaving a hospital or locked psychiatric acute care facility.

What is a residential treatment center for adults?

Mental health residential treatment programs give clients the time, space, and support they need to recover from an episode of mental illness. During an average three month stay in a residential mental health facility, clients learn how to manage their diagnosis and acquire skills needed to stay healthy.

Unlike a hospital, all of our residential communities are unlocked voluntary facilities surrounded by gardens. Clients enjoy private bedrooms and bathrooms and participate in social activities on campus and out in the community. All of our residential facilities are licensed by the State of Georgia.

Specialized and respectful mental health residential treatment facilities offer age-appropriate socialization and support. Emerging and college-age adults ages 18 to 25 stay in our Young Adult Treatment Center on the Rollins Campus. Adults ages 26 to 65 and older begin treatment at Skyland Trail South Residential Campus.

While our residential communities provide specialized support by age, our recovery communities provide individualized, evidence-based treatment by diagnosis. Together with our integrated wellness model and holistic approach, this powerful combination provides a unique path to recovery for each individual client.

Rollins Campus for Young Adults

The Rollins Campus, adjacent to our main campus, is home to our new specialized Young Adult Residence & Treatment Center. A 35,000 square foot facility includes 32 private bedrooms and bathrooms; community, recreation and dining areas; and treatment spaces. The facility is surrounded by interactive gardens and outdoor therapeutic and recreational spaces.

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Rollins Campus: Young Adult Residence

Skyland Trail Young Adult Campus

The Rollins Campus is a new, 35,000 sq ft residential psychiatric treatment facility for young adults ages 18 to 25 with 32 private bedrooms and bathrooms, and 24/7 nursing staff support.
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Skyland Trail South Campus

Skyland Trail South residential campus offers our most intensive level of support for adults ages 26 to 65 and older. The campus includes 24 units, each with a private bedroom and bathroom. The South campus also includes a dining room; community living areas;  exercise room; and gardens.

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Skyland Trail South Campus: For Adults Ages 26 and Older

Skyland Trail South Residential Campus

Skyland Trail South offers 24 private bedrooms and bathrooms along with onsite dining, shared community living spaces, expansive gardens, and 24/7 nursing staff support.
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Structured Daily Schedules

Most residential clients living at South and Rollins come to the Charles B. West campus from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each weekday for psychiatric services and therapy sessions. 

The exception is clients ages 18 to 26 experiencing psychosis - young adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or a mood disorder with psychotic features. These clients are part of our Cognition and First Episode recovery community. Most treatment activities for these clients utilize the unique indoor and outdoor treatment spaces at the Rollins Campus.

While multiple groups are offered each hour, counselors work with each client to develop an individualized schedule based on the client's diagnoses, as well as identified opportunities for growth and skill building.

Some groups help clients establish foundational skills or healthy living routines. The clients who participate in these groups are a mix of ages, genders, and diagnoses. Other groups are more specialized and focus on topics specific to smaller groups of clients who have similar challenges. These groups are often process or support groups and include, men's group, women's group, loss and grief, dual recovery anonymous, LGBTQ support group, healthy relationships in middle to late adulthood, and healthy relationships in young adulthood.

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Reset to Healthy Living

On evenings and weekends, our residential staff help clients work on re-establishing healthy sleep and meal schedules, self care and hygiene, medication adherence, and healthy social and recreational activities. Our skilled and caring residential staff  ensure that our clients are safe, supported, and are taking their medications as prescribed. 

Clients in our mental health residential treatment programs also participate in our LEAP program which offers evening activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with activities in the community on weekends, including trips to Atlanta museums, sporting events, restaurants, and community events.

Residential activities are all focused on helping clients prepare for independence and life outside of treatment.

Integrated, Holistic Approach

Complementary adjunctive therapy sessions – art, music, horticulture, and recreation – encourage client engagement in therapy and give clients opportunities to practice the skills they are learning in their individual and core group sessions. Weekly schedules also include groups focused on workforce and school readiness, nutrition counseling, sober living, mindfulness, healthy relationships, exercise and sports, and positive use of free time.

Our integrated, holistic model is what makes Skyland Trail one of the best residential treatment centers in the country. All the components of our psychiatric, therapeutic and residential mental health programs work together to help our clients reclaim their lives. By helping them define who they are and who they want to be in addition to practical skills for managing their mental illness, we give our clients the best chance at long term and sustained recovery.

To find out more about Skyland Trail's mental health residential treatment programs, contact us today to talk to one of our knowledgeable admissions team members.

Art, Music & Nature Therapy

Watch these video interviews with Skyland Trail art, music, and nature therapy experts to learn more about how these unique programs help clients achieve recovery.
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Residential Treatment FAQ

  1. Can I have visitors?
    Unless clinically inappropriate we do not restrict visitation. However, if safety issues become an issue, the treatment team reserves the right to manage frequency of visitation. Visitors are welcome to visit in common areas. No guests and no other clients are allowed in client rooms. No overnight visitors are permitted. Visiting hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  2. Can I bring my laptop, tablet or smartphone?
    No “landline” phones are provided in client rooms. Clients on observation level (usually the first 3 days of treatment) may not have cell phones in their bedrooms. Clients are permitted to have cell phones at Level 1 and above.

    Tablet or laptop computers are permitted only at Levels 3 and 4 and with your primary counselor’s permission. Desktop computers and gaming systems are not permitted at any level.

    Client access to devices may be limited if it interferes with treatment participation.
  3. Are there separate facilities for males and females?
    No. All residential facilities are mixed gender. However, each client receives a private bedroom with adjoining private bathroom. If you have a history of trauma or concerns in this area, please discuss them with your admissions counselor.
  4. What is your smoking policy?
    Smoking and use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is permitted only in designated smoking areas. There is a designated smoking area on each campus. Smoking and tobacco use is prohibited in all other areas, including Skyland Trail vehicles. Clients are expected to dispose of tobacco-related products appropriately to keep our campuses clean.
  5. Is alcohol permitted if I am not a dual diagnosis client?
    All Skyland Trail clients are expected to maintain sobriety while enrolled in our treatment program. Use of alcohol and substances can interfere with the effectiveness of new medications, and can be barriers to making progress in treatment.

    Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not allowed on Skyland Trail property, and Skyland Trail clients should not use alcohol, street drugs, or non-prescribed medications while in treatment on or off campus. All clients are subject to random urine drug screens and/or alcohol tests (breathalyzer or swab).
  6. I am not a "young adult." Will I fit in?
    Yes. While 60% of clients are young adults ages 18 to 25, 40% are older adults ages 26 to 65 and older. If you admit to our residential level of care, you will live at the Skyland Trail South Campus, which is a specialized community for adults ages 26 and older. During the day, you will participate in groups with clients of all ages, genders, and diagnoses. However, your primary counselor will also help select a weekly schedule for you that includes more specialized groups for clients with similar challenges. We offer process and support groups - including men's group, women's group, grief and loss, healthy relationships in middle to late adulthood, codependence, anger and acceptance, values-based ACT therapy, and others - that focus on skills and support to manage transitions and challenges often present in middle to late adulthood. Our vocational services team can also provide guidance in considering career changes or strategies to improve work-life balance.
  7. May I drive my own car?
    Day treatment and IOP clients may drive their own vehicles. Residential clients are not permitted to drive until the reach level 4 and receive permission from the treatment team. Transportation is provided between Skyland Trail South and the Charles B. West Campus for treatment activities. Transportation is also provided for LEAP activities in the community, as well as scheduled trips to local stores to shop for personal items, etc.