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residential treatment

Opening October 2019

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 6 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.

School-Like Campus

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.

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 academic instruction and school work each morning. Activities from 1:30 to 5:30 are focused on 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 daily. 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

Family programming and involvement is an important part of the adolescent residential mental health treatment program.

Families are required to participate in an onsite family orientation at the beginning of treatment, family therapy sessions at least once each week, and family intensive workshops every other Saturday.

For families outside of Atlanta, some weekly family therapy sessions may be conducted via phone or video conference. Onsite participation is required for family orientation and family intensive workshops.

Next Steps After Residential Treatment

Depending on the client's progression in residential treatment, the treatment team will help the teen transition to nonresidential day treatment. The treatment team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help the client and family continue to practice skills and grow.

Program Fees

Learn more about adolescent residential treatment program fees here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are medications required?

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.

What support do you provide for LGBTQ teens?

The treatment team works with each individual teen and family to develop a treatment plan in accordance with their goals and values. Depending on the nature of the teen's major concerns, issues of gender identity and/or sexual orientation may or may not be a focus of our work. In either case, our goal is to foster a space of safety, exploration and psychological and emotional growth and to work with the teen and the family system to promote the process of healing. Our staff are trained in LGBTQ-affirming practices and we are respectful of varied identities. Each teen in our residential program has a private room, which can be especially helpful in ensuring trans teens and lesbian, gay or bisexual teens feel safe while in our program so that they can focus on the work involved in treatment.

Do adolescent clients have to unenroll from school?

This depends on the school in which the teen is enrolled. Our educational director 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 educational director 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.

Can adolescents continue to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities while in treatment?

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.

What are visitation rules?

Visitation is limited to family members. With permission from the treatment team, adolescent clients may receive a day pass to leave campus with their families on Sundays.

What are rules around phones and devices?

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.

Do you allow smoking or vaping?

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. Campus visitors who would like to smoke, vape or use tobacco must leave the Skyland Trail campus to do so. Adolescents with a history of nicotine use may consult with their psychiatrists on appropriate nicotine cessation strategies.


Contact our admissions team to learn how Skyland Trail can help you or your loved one.