Intensive Psychiatric Residential Treatment

Intensive Psychiatric Treatment Information

Unique in Arkansas, Youth Home’s highly successful Intensive Psychiatric Residential Treatment program specializes in the treatment of emotional and behavioral health of adolescents ages 12 to 17. Treatment plans are individualized with lengths of stay typically ranging from 3-7 months. This program is staffed 24/7 by a comprehensive team of professionals and is located on our beautiful, open 52 acre campus.

Youth Home also offers specialty tracks within our continuum of care.

The Seven Challenges® - This evidence based program is designed specifically for adolescents and young adults with substance abuse problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change.


Reactive Attachment Disorder – This track focuses on children with attachment problems. Treatment goals and objectives are individualized based on diagnosis and families are offered support and education.


Safe Solutions – This track provides treatment for children who are at a high risk for victimization. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is provided for sexual behavior problems and children are taught age appropriate coping skills.


Click here for more information on Youth Home’s specialty tracks

Patients are provided:

  • Medication management and assessment by our Psychiatrists
  • Individual, group, and family therapy by our Licensed Clinical Therapists
  • Recreational therapy
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapy, as needed
  • Nursing and Qualified Behavioral Health Provider services 24 hours a day
  • Adolescents attend Siebert Educational Center, which is approved by the State Department of Education
  • Psychological testing by our staff Psychologist

Admission Criteria - Intensive Psychiatric Residential Treatment

Patients Must:


  • Be 12 to 17 years of age
  • Have recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospital
  • Be intellectually capable of benefiting from the program (Full-Scale IQ = 70 or above)
  • Have severe emotional or behavioral issues related to a psychiatric diagnosis that require intensive treatment in a secure psychiatric facility
  • Be enrolled in an educational program (i.e. public school, day treatment, or vocational)

Necessary Information for Screening Process:


  • Specific recent behaviors/symptoms, particularly those which have occurred within the past month
  • Letter of recommendation from the current therapist
  • Most recent psychiatric hospitalization and/or outpatient therapy records
  • Birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record, Medicaid number (if applicable)
  • Court Order (if applicable)
  • Medical history including any physical problems or limitations

Patient Discharge - What to Expect


Planning for a patient’s discharge is an important step in the overall treatment at Youth Home. Discharge planning begins on day one of treatment. Our goal is to provide patients with the therapeutic and life skills necessary to function in a home setting. While in treatment, each patient may have different discharge goals and placement options. Some will return home to their parents/relatives while others will return to foster care or a group home setting. It is the treatment team’s primary goal to make sure patients are placed where their needs will be met medically, educationally, and therapeutically.