For Parents & Families
The Turning Point gender-specific residential treatment programs for youth offer tailored programs and services for behavioral, mental health, and substance abuse issues to meet the needs of each youth in our care.
Youth in our residential treatment programs may be struggling with:
- Behavioral, mental health, and/or substance abuse issues
- Extreme family conflict
- Legal issues
- Behavioral difficulties
- School and education system requirements
- A combination of any of the above
We offer both short- and long-term programs for substance abuse, behavioral, and/or mental health treatment depending on the needs of each youth. A typical stay in our long-term residential treatment program is four to five months, while a stay in our short-term program may be 30-60 days. Length of treatment depends on many factors, including readiness to change, severity of impairment, family involvement, and client motivation.
No matter what the reason is for placement, treatment is individualized for each youth and geared toward gender-specific approaches and issues. For example, research shows that girls are relationship focused and respond best to a program that is geared toward building relationships and teaching an understanding of how their relationships impact their behavior choices.
Core components of our residential treatment programs for youth include:
- Behavioral health
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Education (including school credit recovery)
- Community service projects
- Transition services/life skills development
- After care
We operate a 20-bed boys’ residential home and a separate 14-bed girls’ residential home for youth ages 12-21. We provide round-the-clock care in comfortable environments. Both homes are centrally located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Public transportation, bike paths, businesses, Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College are conveniently accessible. Our homes provide a comfortable atmosphere with ample living spaces and numerous areas for therapy, groups, family visitation, and recreational and leisure activities.
Program Goals and Flexibility
Our residential treatment programs for youth strive to provide the youth in our care with a safe environment that includes goals for each youth to help to stabilize his or her behavior, identify underlying issues, and maintain family involvement. Keeping these goals flexible allows us to offer a variety of solutions that will best serve the needs of the youth and the family, and lead to a successful transition back to the community.
We take into consideration the varying needs of families and any referring agencies involved. We welcome their collaboration with our team in the form of feedback and insight when we are initially setting the goals of a youth’s residential treatment.
The opportunities for therapy in our residential treatment programs include:
- Individual Therapy: Each youth will meet with his or her primary counselor and primary therapist for at least one hour per week.
- Family Therapy: Each youth will be offered weekly family therapy with his or her primary therapist.
- Group Therapy: Each youth will participate in a minimum of three 60-minute group therapy sessions per week.
- Milieu Therapy: This therapy is described as the “life space” in which a youth experiences therapy through daily living experiences. It is the cornerstone of Turning Point’s treatment programs and is crucial to addressing each youth’s behaviors.
The program’s milieu therapy system design allows residents to receive constant feedback from staff and other residents on how their behavior affects others, including those they live with, their family, and the community. Daily treatment assignments address poor behaviors and belief systems that can set the youth up for failure. They teach better behaviors and choices to replace the bad ones.