Residential Program

The mission of the Residential program is to provide long-term residential care through a stable and structured environment.

HopeTree’s Residential program provides long-term care for residents who need a structured setting in order to best learn to cope with their emotional and behavioral challenges. The program also enhances the emotional, educational, physical, social, and spiritual development of each adolescent in our care while teaching them vital life skills. Emergency admissions are accepted for at-risk youth needing immediate long-term placement, and can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Goals for placement include independent living, college or continuing vocational education, or returning home where appropriate.

Admission Criteria

  • Gender: Male and Female
  • Ages: 5-17
  • IQ Score: 70 and above
  • School: Public schools, private schools, HopeTree Academy, post-secondary education, or GED program. School enrollment is mandatory unless the prospective resident has successfully completed an educational program and meets other criteria.
  • Emotional: Stable enough to function within limits of current program
  • Physical: Capable of negotiating the residential environment.

Exclusionary Criteria

  • Convicted of sexual offenses
  • History of intentionally starting fires with the determined intent to cause harm or significant property damage
  • Chemically dependent and in need of inpatient treatment
  • Actively psychotic, suicidal, or homicidal
  • Convicted of violent crimes that would pose a risk to residents, self, or others
  • History of multiple violent actions that have not been moderated

Services are provided to youth who have experienced a wide range of abuse and neglect situations. Residents may be referred from foster care, court services, by private placement, or as a step-down placement from residential treatment facilities for those residents needing a less structured environment.

DSM IV diagnoses that are typical for our residents are:

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder

Services provided include:

Case Management – Individual service plans, behavior support plans

Counseling Services – Individual, group, and family therapy provided on campus by Licensed Clinical Social Workers and by community-based providers. Groups address substance abuse issues, anger management, grief and loss, and more.

Educational Services – HopeTree Academy, public school, GED programs

Medical Services – Community-based medical and dental services

Religious Services – Provided by on-staff Director of Christian Education on a voluntary basis. Opportunities for Bible studies, groups, community and volunteer activities.

Recreational Services – Coordinated through on-staff Activities Director. Typical on-campus activities include arts & crafts, yoga, aerobics, swimming, ping-pong, movies, basketball, football, baseball, weightlifting, music and art lessons, horseback riding, and seasonal campus activities. Off-campus activities include state park field trips, bike rides, trips to high school and collegiate athletic events, local church activities, and concerts.

Within the structure of our program, residents are taught independent living skills using the Casey Life Skills Assessment to monitor progress. Residents have 24-hour supervision by qualified staff. Groups are conducted in the residence cottages to address social skills, anger management, self-esteem, and independent living skills. Residents are also encouraged to obtain part-time employment after reaching the proper level and age.

Click here to complete an Application for Admission

Contact Jennifer Jenkins at (540) 387-4993 or JenniferJ@HopeTreeFS.org for more information