Residential Mental Health Treatment Program for Adolescents Ages 14 to 17
Adolescent clients who admit to the residential treatment program typically stay at the residential level of care for about 8 to 12 weeks before stepping down to day treatment.
We offer longer lengths of stay, giving our clients the time and space they need to recover, build resilience, and adopt skills need to succeed in school and in life. Total treatment costs depend on the level of care required and the number of days needed to complete treatment.
Approximately 4 to 7 days prior to admission, the client and the designated guardian must receive a rapid COVID-19 antigen test with a testing site in the community that provides same-day results.* The designated guardian must be a legal guardian with medical rights.
If both test results are negative, the client and guardian may return home or to their local accommodations and quarantine until the following day. They should practice physical isolation and should not have physical contact with anyone except each other.
* Clients who travel to Atlanta by plane must arrive in Atlanta, then quarantine in a hotel (or other local accommodations) with a designated guardian for four days before the first antigen test in the community.
On the day following the first rapid antigen test, client and guardian should arrive at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic at the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center for a scheduled drive-through PCR test. The admissions counselor will provide a date and time for the drive-through appointment. Only the client will receive the PCR test.
After the drive-through PCR test, client and guardian should return directly home or to local accommodations and continue to quarantine together until the admissions counselor contacts them with results of the PCR test and next steps.
Typically, clients may expect to have an admission appointment scheduled for the Monday or Tuesday following the drive-through PCR test day. Note that Skyland Trail sends samples for PCR tests out to a third party lab for processing. Lab processing times, though typically 2 to 3 days, may vary and may affect the length of time a client must quarantine at home before an admission appointment can be scheduled.
When a negative PCR test result is received AND at least 72 hours have passed since the PCR test without the client or guardian developing any symptoms, Skyland Trail will schedule another drive-through COVID-19 test for the client: an on-site rapid antigen test at the Glenn Family Wellness Center. Results of the on-site rapid antigen test will be available within 30 minutes.
If the drive-through rapid antigen test is negative, the client and guardian may go directly to the J. Rex Fuqua Campus for the admission appointment.
The J. Rex Fuqua Campus is a welcoming environment designed to foster engagement in treatment and a sense of community. Residential clients receive private bedrooms and bathrooms. Shared therapeutic and recreational spaces feature natural light, open floor plans, and dedicated spaces for academic learning and social interactions.
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Specialized Psychiatric Care
Our adolescent residential treatment program provides individualized, evidence-based treatment by diagnosis. Together with our integrated wellness model and holistic approach, this powerful combination provides a unique path to a healthy future for each individual client.
Structured Daily Schedules
Adolescents participate in a structured daily schedule that includes yoga & meditation, academic instruction and support, fitness and wellness activities, and individual and group therapy sessions. Groups include evidence-based therapeutic groups, peer support groups, family therapy, and experiential therapy.
Adolescent clients meet with their dedicated therapist one-on-one at least twice each week. Clients meet individually with their psychiatrist at least once each week.
What does a treatment day look like?
View an example residential treatment schedule.
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 if applicable, and healthy social and recreational activities. Our skilled and caring residential staff ensure that our clients are supported, engaged in the Skyland Trail community, and working toward healthy living habits.
Integrated, Holistic Approach
Experiential therapies offered throughout each week include art, music, creative movement, psychodrama, yoga, meditation, and horticultural therapy. Experiential therapies give adolescents a break from talk therapy, encourage social engagement with peers, and help teens explore activities that they can use to express emotions and maintain mental health long-term.
Family programming and involvement is an important part of the adolescent residential mental health treatment program.
Families are required to participate in family therapy sessions at least once each week. All family activities are conducted remotely via zoom at this time.
Next Steps After Residential Treatment
Depending on the client's progress in residential treatment, the treatment team will help the teen transition to the virtual intensive outpatient program, which includes groups three days per week via zoom. The treatment team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help the client and family continue to practice skills and grow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Medication may be recommended after a complete psychiatric assessment as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Some patients will not require medications due to their diagnosis and work in other areas of treatment; however, some patients with certain diagnoses or needs that require psychiatric medication adherence will need to be open to taking their medications in order to stay in our program. If medication is recommended, the psychiatrist will discuss risks/benefits of medications and alternative treatments as part of the informed consent process.
Yes. Clients and staff wear face masks at all times outside of client private rooms or private staff offices.
Skyland Trail’s goal is to foster a space of safety and support that encourages exploration and growth for the adolescent and their family, while promoting psychological and emotional resiliency. Several aspects of the Adolescent Treatment Program make Skyland Trail an effective, inclusive and welcoming environment for trans teens; lesbian, gay or bisexual teens; and other LGBTQ+ adolescents and their families. The Adolescent Program staff utilizes LGBTQ+ affirming therapeutic practices to support the teen through all phases of developmentally appropriate exploration and/or questioning of gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Each teen in the residential program has their own private room and bathroom. There are also gender neutral bathrooms on each floor of the residential and clinical buildings. Our focus is to provide the adolescent and family with therapeutic treatment that supports healthy development, builds a secure self-identity and fosters resiliency to enhance their quality of life and strengthen the family bond.
This depends on the school in which the teen is enrolled. Our education services coordinator will initiate contact with the adolescent's home school within two business days of admission and develop an individualized education plan for your teen while they are in our care. In addition to individualized lesson planning, the education services coordinator will work closely with the teen’s home school to ensure a smooth transition back into the home school environment if that is part of the overall academic and treatment plan.
Please note that, because adolescent clients are engaged in a structured daily schedule of therapeutic activities, they are not able to participate in synchronous (real-time) remote or virtual learning programs. Students may participate in virtual or remote learning programs if they are able to complete requirements and assignments during the academic support hours designated by Skyland Trail.
No. Adolescent clients will need to take break from sports, music or other extracurricular activities while in treatment. As part of their treatment, teen clients participate in recreational sports, fitness and outdoor activities on campus during their stay with us. They also engage in a myriad of experiential therapies of their choice including art, music, creative movement, psychodrama, yoga, meditation, horticulture.
We currently are not permitting any visitors to campus due to COVID-19.
The Skyland Trail adolescent residential treatment program is device free. Clients may not have mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops or other devices anywhere on campus.
Smoking and vaping are illegal for individuals under the age of 18 in Georgia. All Skyland Trail campuses are 100% nicotine free. No smoking, vaping, or tobacco use is permitted anywhere on our campuses. Adolescents with a history of nicotine use may consult with their psychiatrists on appropriate nicotine cessation strategies.
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No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residential clients may not leave campus at any time.
Yes. To protect the health of our clients and staff, all adolescents must provide a current record of immunizations prior to admission. The record should show dates for all vaccines on the CDC's Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger and be signed by a licensed physician or public health official. Unless medically contraindicated, adolescent clients in services between September 1 and February 28 must also have the CDC-approved annual seasonal influenza vaccine.