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Residential Mental Health Treatment Program for Adults 18+

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


Residential Admissions to a Precautionary Facility

During this pandemic, instead of organizing our adult residential campuses by client age, we are designating South Campus as a precautionary facility for new admissions and Rollins Campus as our main campus for residential treatment.

Before admitting, all adult residential clients must receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test and self quarantine for 14 days. Clients may receive the PCR test in their community and then self isolate at home. Adult residential clients admit directly to South Campus and receive a second COVID-19 PCR test and a history & physical exam on the day of admission. They remain sequestered at South Campus for at least six days and until we receive results of the PCR test. They participate in treatment remotely through zoom and do not have direct contact with any clients living at Rollins Campus. Once we receive PCR test results from the lab, and the test is negative, the client may move to Rollins Campus.

Clients at Rollins Campus meet in person for groups and individual primary counselor sessions while practicing physical distancing. Individual psychiatry sessions take place through zoom. All residential clients at South Campus and Rollins Campus reside in private rooms with private bathrooms.

people in a private bedroom at residential mental health campus

We offer longer lengths of stay, giving our clients the time and space they need to recover, and a tailored mix of evidence-based and supportive therapies to help each client find his or her own unique path to wellness.

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Age Appropriate Residences

Specialized and respectful mental health residential treatment facilities offer age-appropriate socialization and support:

  • Emerging and college-age adults ages 18 to 24 stay in our Young Adult Treatment Center on the Rollins Campus
  • Adults ages 25 to 65 and older begin treatment at Skyland Trail South Residential Campus.

Rollins Campus

The Rollins Campus is our residential psychiatric treatment facility for young adults ages 18 to 24 with 32 private bedrooms and bathrooms and 24/7 nursing staff support. The facility is surrounded by gardens and recreational spaces.

South Campus

Skyland Trail South residential campus offers our most intensive level of support for adults ages 25 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.

Specialized Psychiatric Care

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.

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.

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.

adults participating in mental health therapy group as part of residential or day treatment

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.

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, 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.

people in dining room at south mental health residential campus

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.

Our Continuum of Care

Chris Cline, LCSW, senior vice president of clinical services for adult treatment programs, explains how adult clients move through the continuum of care, beginning with residential treatment.

Expected Length of Stay

Clients typically stay in residential treatment program level of care for about eight weeks. Most clients then step down to our day treatment program where they continue to work toward independence for several weeks before transitioning to our intensive outpatient program for another two to six weeks. The total average length of treatment for clients admitting to residential treatment is about 12 to 16 weeks (3-4 months). (Please note that clients in our DBT program enroll in a defined 90-day treatment program.)

Costs of Treatment

Total treatment costs depend on the level of care required and the number of days needed to complete treatment. Our residential treatment program is in-network with many plans offered by Aetna, Cigna, and Magellan. It is non-contracted and private pay only for all other insurance carriers.

Next Steps After Residential Treatment

Most clients step down to our day treatment program after completing the residential level of care. Transitional housing may be available to day treatment clients if approved by the treatment team.

Clients in our dual diagnosis program are not eligible for our transitional housing program. When dual diagnoses clients step down to day treatment, they likely will be referred to a recovery residence or sober living community. These specialized living communities provide appropriate support to help clients maintain sobriety during treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

When adult clients admit to our South Campus precautionary facility, they may have smart phones, laptops, tablets, and handheld gaming systems in their private rooms. They must turn in all devices nightly at curfew (10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday). They may check their phones and devices out again in the morning.

When adult clients move to the Rollins Campus, they must check in all smart phones and devices. A level system at Rollins Campus outlines expectations and privileges as clients move through treatment. Clients receive their smart phones when they reach level 2. (Clients typically reach level 2 in their third week of treatment at Rollins Campus.) They receive their tablets, laptops, and handheld gaming systems at level 3.

Desktop computers and gaming systems that require a TV or monitor (e.g. Xbox or playstation) are not permitted at any level. 

No “landline” phones are provided in client rooms. Residential clients will have access to a Skyland Trail cell phone for personal calls in a private space during designated hours.

Client access to devices may be limited if it interferes with treatment participation.

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.

Skyland Trail is a 100% Nicotine-Free Campus. The Nicotine-Free Campus prohibits all smoking, vaping and the use of all tobacco and nicotine products, except those approved for use in smoking cessation strategies. If clinically indicated, clients are enrolled in the nicotine cessation program as part of their treatment. Clients receive support to quit using nicotine products, including peer support, education, and mindfulness groups; educational materials; support to obtain and use nicotine replacement products; and prescriptions for medications as indicated.

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, marijuana, 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).

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 25 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.

Day treatment and IOP clients may drive their own vehicles. Residential clients are not permitted to drive until they 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.


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