Admissions at New Haven

New Haven accepts applications and admits new students 365 days a year. Our multi-disciplinary team reviews each application to ensure potential students and New Haven are a fit for each other. To determine whether or not a young woman will thrive at New Haven, please review our behavioral checklist and admissions criteria.

New Haven girls come from all over the United States and from around the world. Contact a member of our Admissions Team at (888) 317-3958 or by emailing us at with any questions you may have or to discuss a potential student. We are available to talk twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You may also contact us using our contact form.


Clinical Profile

Our girls are smart and capable but come to New Haven burdened by months or years of emotional pain or behavioral dysfunction. For these girls, things have stopped working at home, at school, and in life. Many of our students have suffered from one or more emotional issues-such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse – with little relief, often despite multiple hospitalizations or therapeutic placements. Our experience working with complex emotional and psychiatric issues, however, means that 80% of our graduates never need another residential placement.

We know that every one of our girls is part of a family system that is also suffering, so our treatment approach brings nurturance, healing, and support to the whole family. New Haven students come from all over the United States and the world. We welcome international students.

New Haven Works With…

New Haven is known internationally for working successfully with a wide range of complex, often co-occurring, emotional and behavioral disorders. The following is not an exhaustive list of the type of issues a New Haven student might struggle with.

New Haven Does Not Work With…

While New Haven is designed to work with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioral issues, we do not work with the following situations and diagnoses:

  • Medical Instability
  • History of Physical Violence
  • Pregnancy
  • Parental Non-Participation
  • Non-English Speaking
  • Severe Autism
  • Low IQ (below 80)
  • Anti-Social or Conduct Disorder
  • Psychosis


At New Haven we have found that most of the girls we treat experience symptoms from the following list. Depending on the frequency, intensity, or combination of any one of these symptoms, your daughter may need the structure of a residential treatment facility like New Haven.

  • Feel sad and empty inside.
  • Experience frequent crying.
  • Thoughts of suicide, or self harm.
  • Shows decreased or increased appetite.
  • Demonstrates high irritability.
  • Exhibits low self-esteem.
  • Loss of interest in goal directed or fun activities.
  • Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at night.
  • Abnormally elevated, expansive, or irritable mood for over a week.
  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity.
  • Decreased need for sleep.
  • More talkative than usual or pressured speech.
  • Increase in dangerous activities that have a high potential for painful consequences.
  • A pattern of negative, hostile or defiant behaviors.
  • Loses temper often.
  • Argues with and defies adults, refuses to comply with rules.
  • Blames others for her mistakes.
  • Deliberately annoys people.
  • Spiteful or vindictive.
  • Feels entitled.
  • Truant, or runs away from home.
  • Dishonest and/or manipulative.
  • Experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.
  • Throwing up after meals.
  • Irregular eating patterns.
  • Distraught about body image.
  • Serious relationship with older boyfriend.
  • Decline in academic performance.

If any combination of three or more of these symptoms apply, please contact us to discuss your daughter’s behavior.

Online Application

You may also complete the online application for admissions by clicking here.

What To Bring

What to bring – Clothing

Space is limited, please bring only items on the list (additional items will be sent home)

• Pants or shorts (finger-tip length) – 7
• Shirts – 10
• Underwear / Bras (no thong panties) – 10 pairs
• Pajamas – 2 sets
• Nice Dress / Skirt(knee length) – 1
• Jackets / Coats – 2 – 3
• Socks (including some for P.E.) –  12 pairs
• Swimsuit (one-piece) –  One
• Dress Shoes – One pair
• Work Shoes / Boots – One pair
• Sandals – One pair
• Sweatshirt / Sweatpants – 3
• P.E. Shorts or Pants – 3-4 (no spandex)
• Running / work-out Shoes – One Pair (not converse or skating shoes)
• Sports Bras- 5

What to Bring – Required Personal Item

• Towel(s) – 2
• Electric Razor – One
• Twin Sheets and Twin Comforter – One each
• Personal Journal – One

Note: We Provide Toiletries, But You Are Welcome To Send Favorite Brands, Etc.

• Deodorant – One
• Shampoo / Conditioner – One bottle
• Brush/Comb – One
• Toothbrush – One
• Pictures
• Stuffed Animals
• Makeup

What NOT to Bring

(The following items are not allowed and will be confiscated and sent home)

• Glass (such as in picture frames)
• Aerosol Sprays
• Knives/Razors
• Nitrisoxide propellant (such as in mousse)
• Mouthwash
• Fluoride Wash
• Personal Electronics
• Personal CD’s
• Cigarettes

Download the full list here.

Travel Information

We want to make traveling to New Haven to visit as easy as possible. Click here for rental car and hotel options. We have contract with each of these to provide you with discounted rates.

Admissions Team

Christin Prestwich, MA MFT

Admissions Director

Christin was raised in Southern Utah and moved to Northern Utah to pursue her bachelors degree from Utah Valley University. She later moved on to earn a masters degree in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University. Christin has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations throughout her clinical work, and […]

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Kristen VanOrman Buck

Admissions Counselor

Kristen VanOrman Buck was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Kristen is the oldest of six children. Her career plan of becoming a Pediatric Nurse was put on hold when she became a mother. She then found New Haven in 2007 and has loved being a part of the New Haven family ever since! Kristen has […]

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Stacey Koller

Admissions Counselor

Stacey began working as an Admissions Counselor at New Haven in 2016. Prior to working at New Haven Stacey was a student at Brigham Young University and a media consultant. She recently graduated with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys working at New Haven because of the focus on […]

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