In our Residential Treatment home, you’ll leave us before we leave you

Youth Intensive Services maintains a staff-secure, trauma-informed Residential Treatment Program for adolescent males and females between the ages of 12-18. We provide evidence-based therapy in a home-like setting that’s therapeutic, family-centered and community-involved.

We’re essentially a one-stop shop. We take care of individual counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, family counseling, individual and group therapy, medication management, case management, on-premises schooling, and after-care follow-up for one year after discharge.

The way up from rock bottom starts here

We’re a Title IV E certified agency, as well as being certified by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMHAS). Further, we’re accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Many times, our residents come from county referrals. They’re in the midst of chaotic situations where life is turned upside down or they’ve hit rock bottom with mental health or substance abuse issues. Most of our kids are in the possession of county Children Services, who takes custody when they’re abused, neglected or displaced. We also receive direct placements from parents and guardians in difficult situations.

Trauma-focused, therapeutic environment

We’re generally a 4 to 6-month intense program. Some stay longer depending on how they’re progressing. Residents also receive all their schooling and academic services on-site through a partnership with Summit Academy. Our therapeutic environment is trauma-focused and includes at least 20 hours of treatment services weekly. 

Youth Intensive Services counselors employ a variety of therapies depending on the personality and unique needs of the student. Oftentimes, residents form a strong, positive bond with their therapist, which serves as a prototype and vehicle for healthy relationships with adults.

We go above and beyond for the young men and women we serve, and we genuinely care about what happens to them when they leave.

What does success look like?

When their family is not an option, we become their family.

When a student is placed here they’re either going back home to a parent, foster parent or we have to help them find a home. Some are emancipated.

A student will come in generally from a county referral. And they’ll be facing multiple issues – trauma or abuse, behind in school, drug addiction, etc. Here, we set an intense, structured schedule that includes multiple counseling sessions per day – whether it’s group, individual or family. Or all three.

Depending on the progress with the student and where they’re going, we prepare them for what comes next. Independent living is a key part of that. Many of our students come in and don’t know how to do laundry, clean or cook; How to set a budget. So we provide them with that knowledge. Basically we’re surrogate parents.

One young lady we recently had graduated high school and transitioned into her own apartment when she left. We collaborated with other agencies to help make everything happen for her. That, to us, is a success. Further, she didn’t have family to lean on, so we literally helped her move, including carrying couches up two flights of stairs. Why? Because that’s what we do.

While here they become part of our family, and us part of theirs. We commonly receive letters, phone calls and even invitations to graduation ceremonies well after they leave. They might come kicking and screaming when they get here, but they don’t want to leave when it’s time to go. We truly love them.