Residential Treatment Centers

New Start Transports offers intervention and transportation services to a variety of Residential Treatment Centers.  Please contact us for more intervention and transport information for a struggling child or teenager.

A Residential Treatment Center is one option that may be considered for a troubled teen or adult. Before placing in an RTC, consider hiring an educated professional to obtain the diagnosis and counsel necessary to make the best decision.

Included are a couple of definitions for a Residential Treatment Center:

A Residential Treatment Center (RTC) is a facility or distinct part of a facility that provides, to children and adolescents, a total, twenty-four hour, therapeutically planned group living and learning situation where distinct and individualized psychotherapeutic interventions can take place. Residential treatment is a specific level of care to be differentiated from acute, intermediate and long-term hospital care, when the least restrictive environment is maintained to allow for normalization of the patient's surroundings. The RTC must be both physically and pro-grammatically distinct if it is a part or subunit of a larger treatment program. A RTC is organized and professionally staffed to provide residential treatment of mental disorders to patients who have sufficient intellectual potential to respond to active treatment (that is, for whom it can reasonably be assumed that treatment of the mental disorder will result in an improved ability to function outside the residential treatment center), for whom outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization or other level of inpatient treatment is not appropriate, and for whom a protected and structured environment is medically or psychologically necessary.

Another definition is:

A RTC provides 24-hour services in a facility setting for youth who have demonstrated severe and persistent deficits in social, emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric functioning. Youth receive therapeutic intervention, education and specialized programming in a safe, controlled environment with a high degree of supervision and structure. The purpose is to stabilize the youth and prepare him/her for a less restrictive level of care. The goal is to facilitate family or caregiver reintegration or alternative permanency planning such as preparation for independent living. The program addresses the identified problems through services and treatments that focus on the development of skills in areas such as social skills, problem solving and coping effectively. The ISP/treatment plan addresses and the program integrates community resources for planned, purposeful and therapeutic activities that encourage developmentally appropriate autonomy within the community, all within the context of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary ISP/treatment plan. The treatment primarily provides social, psychosocial, clinical, educational and rehabilitative services. Addressing treatment issues through a therapeutic milieu is an important aspect of treatment in this level of care. This level of care provides access to psychiatric psycho pharmacology services but does not typically have full time psychiatric medical staffing. This level of care is typically provided in free-standing, non-hospital settings with on-ground educational facilities. The facility must be capable of providing secure care, typically containing the youth in a staff-secure environment rather than a physically secure/locked facility. Guidelines for the youth’s safety should be reflected in the ISP/treatment plan. All interventions must be directly related to the goals and objectives established in the ISP/treatment plan. Family/guardian/caregiver involvement from the beginning of treatment is extremely important and, unless contraindicated, should occur monthly (or more frequently as determined in the ISP/treatment plan). Assessment of school performance is an essential component of treatment planning as is involvement with school personnel to monitor the ongoing impact of treatment and to facilitate constructive ways of working with the youth. All ISP/treatment plans must be individualized and should focus on transition to a lower level of care.

Please visit our following page links for additional information on Residential Treatment Centers provided by New Start Transports.

Please contact us for more information on safely transporting your child or one you may be familiar with, to a Residential Treatment Center!

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