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Residential Treatment for Teens in New York
As parents ourselves, we understand that sending your child to an out-of-home placement — especially one that’s far away from home — can be daunting and heart wrenching, to say the least. We know that having a child with behavioral health struggles and in need of a residential treatment program is not in any parent’s plan. But with the right tools and the right support, your family can heal and your daughter will return home healthy and happy. Join the hundreds of New York families who have found hope and healing at New Haven Residential Treatment Center.
What do you treat?
New Haven is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls ages 13-18. We treat a myriad of mental health concerns common to New York area teens, including
- Anxiety Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- Self Harm
- Personality Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Dual Diagnosis
We welcome your daughter whether New Haven is her first placement in a residential treatment program, or if she’s exhausted all other treatment options.
We specialize in treating complex family systems and helping the entire family to heal.
We welcome your daughter whether New Haven is her first placement in a residential treatment program, or if she’s exhausted all other treatment options. Many of our students come to us after completing a wilderness therapy program, or after a stay at another residential program, psychiatric hospitals, or therapeutic boarding schools.
The good news is that, regardless of their mental health treatment history, 93% of our students no longer struggle with the problems that brought them into our treatment program. Most of our students never need residential treatment again.
How do you treat?
We know that the students we get from New York are as diverse as the state itself. To accommodate each unique student and family, we employ a variety of therapeutic approaches. To name just a few, we use:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family systems therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Evidence-based therapy
- Feedback-informed therapy
- Animal-assisted therapy, and
- Substance abuse treatment programs
As parents of daughters ourselves, we make all of our treatment decisions off of the question, “What would I want for my daughter?” And that’s what we provide for yours.
Your daughter will have a treatment plan that was created just for her and her specific needs. Our multi-disciplinary team — consisting of therapists, nurses, teachers, residential program staff, dietitians, and experiential therapists — meets each week to discuss each student’s and family’s progress. As her parents, you will also be involved in this process and every other step of your daughter’s recovery.
If your daughter has completed a wilderness therapy program or another therapeutic program before her arrival at New Haven, we will honor the work she has done. Depending on the work she’s completed and the recommendations received from her wilderness program or therapeutic program, your daughter may earn privileges or move through New Haven’s program more quickly.
While another therapy program might view your teenager as an “at-risk youth” in need of behavior modification, we see her as a struggling child in need of extra support, love, and safety during a challenging time. We aim to be a safe harbor for your child as she transitions from a teenager into a happy and healthy young adult. As parents of daughters ourselves, we make all of our treatment decisions off of the question, “What would I want for my daughter?” And that’s what we provide for yours.
What is the campus like?
We are located about an hour south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The flight between New York and Salt Lake takes just over four hours.
Each home is on a spacious property in a comfortable and safe suburb. Each is designed to feel like a family home. Your daughter will enjoy home-cooked meals at a large family table with her peers and New Haven staff.
Our campus is equipped with many activities for your daughter to enjoy, including a basketball court, a ropes course, an orchard, and a swimming pool with a rope swing.
Our weather follows similar patterns and temperatures of New York weather, but with less humidity and generally shorter winters. Each of the four seasons in Utah offers a variety of activities.
Spring is a wonderful time to hike, tour waterfalls, visit the tulip festival, and fly kites.
Summer days are hot with cool nights, which provide the perfect setting for swimming, camping, hiking, and rafting.
Fall is magical with mountain colors that rival New England’s finest foliage. Warm days are filled with local pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.
In the winter, the girls enjoy “the greatest snow on earth” with skiing, snowboarding, and ice castles.
At all times of year, they enjoy a variety of new and exciting activities.
What will my daughter do there?
We want your daughter to have a normal teenage experience, while keeping her safe and helping her heal. Your daughter will start her day with a family style breakfast (we also accommodate Kosher diets) and our on-campus school. After lunch and school, she will attend individual, family, or group therapy, which adds up to an average of 20 therapy hours/week.
We believe that parent involvement is crucial, so ninety minute family therapy sessions occurs once a week via video conference. Group therapy consists of general processing groups, experiential therapy, and specialty groups tailored to your daughter’s specific needs (such as depression, anxiety disorder, or substance abuse treatment). If your daughter is an animal lover, she will also enjoy animal-assisted therapy with our campus horses, cats, and dogs.
In the evenings, your daughter will participate in a variety of activities that are part of normal teen life. She’ll have time to work on homework, do chores, watch a movie, work on values, and spend time off campus with her peers and staff.
How will I contact my daughter?
In addition to family therapy sessions, your daughter will have at least one phone call with you each week. She is also able to send and receive mail (email?) every day. We ask parents to come to our campus every eight weeks for Family Weekend, which is filled with in person family and group therapy, activities, and time with your daughter.
We ask parents to come to our campus every eight weeks for Family Weekend, which is filled with in person family and group therapy, activities, and time with your daughter.
Will she go to school?
New Haven’s on-campus therapeutic school is fully accredited by the North West Association of Schools and Colleges and the Utah State Office of Education. Our teachers are credentialed by the Utah State Office of Education. Small class sizes allow us to focus on your daughter’s individual needs. We can help your daughter catch up on credits if she is behind in school, give her special focus and tutoring in the subjects that she struggles, help her with time management and organization, or challenge her with college prep and AP classes. Credits will transfer from New Haven to count towards her New York high school diploma. Your daughter can participate in our graduation ceremony, or her own high school ceremony if she returns home before graduation.
We understand that girls in residential care still want to have the experiences they would be having at home in New York. We accentuate teen life at New Haven by combining with similar teen residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools to host school dances and sports games. As your daughter integrates regular youth activities into her residential care, she will be more prepared to return home healthy, well-rounded, and ready to jump back into life at home or in college.
Who are the staff?
New Haven far exceeds the standards of staffing with 4:1 residential staffing ratios. Our residential staff are intensely and continually trained both in safety and therapeutic aspects. Staff are with your daughter at all times and are available to process with your daughter in the moment as things come up for her. Most of our residential staff are college students finishing their degrees in psychology-related areas of study.
Staff are with your daughter at all times and are available to process with your daughter in the moment as things come up for her.
Our therapists are licensed in the state of Utah, or actively working towards licensure. Regardless of the therapist’s credentials (LCSW, LMFT, CMHC), each therapist receives special training in working with youth and complex family systems.
We also offer psychological testing, medication management with our psychiatrists, and 24-hour nursing care. With the addition of our educators, cooks, maintenance staff, and administrative employees, your daughter will always be surrounded by warm and loving professionals.
What are the next steps?
Like hundreds of other New York families, you can find the healing you’ve been searching for at New Haven. We would love to talk with you to answer your questions. We invite you to come tour our campus and meet the team your daughter will be working with to help you make this difficult decision. Give us a call or fill out an application to move forward with enrolling your daughter at New Haven.