Frequently asked questions

What is the capacity of the Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) has capacity for a total of 24 assigned females/males.

What is the average length of stay at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

Lengths of stay are individualized and depend on a number of factors, including the participant’s history, diagnosis, and motivation. The length of stay is typically 6 to 9 months.

What is the cost of treatment at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

Costs vary based on length of stay, the payer and service contract. Services are reimbursable under most major health insurance plans. Funding for placements may also be available through county social services. Children's Residential Treatment Center is MA and Title IV-E eligible.

What treatment services do participants receive while at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

All participants receive weekly individual therapy, weekly family therapy, and three times weekly group therapy focused on Dialetical Behavior Therapy skill-building. Additionally, there are many opportunities for informal counseling interactions with program staff.

Do participants see a psychiatrist while at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

All participants see a psychiatrist as part of the initial evaluation process and on an ongoing basis. Frequency of ongoing psychiatric contact depends on each participant’s specific needs. Participants are seen by a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per month and can be seen as frequently as weekly, if necessary.

Does Children’s Residential Treatment Center provide chemical dependency or chemical abuse treatment?

Children's Residential Treatment Center focuses primarily on emotional and mental health issues. All program participants take part in a basic chemical health education program. While we are not a licensed chemical dependency treatment environment, youth with a history of chemical abuse can have their issues addressed through their individualized treatment plan.

Where do participants attend school while at Children's Residential Treatment Center?

The District 287 provides on-site educational services. Credits are accrued and transferred to the student’s home school at the time of discharge. CRTC staff is actively involved in supporting and working cooperatively with District 287 staff and are generally present in the classrooms to provide additional behavioral and academic support.

What kind of recreational activities are provided for participants of Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

Recreation and leisure time are a vital part of the treatment process. We provide participants with a wide variety of organized group and individual activities used to teach cooperation, social skills, and ways to constructively use leisure time. Recreational programming is primarily community-based and involves going to the YMCA and utilizing various local parks and recreational facilities. Participants also take part in non-contact sports such as softball, kickball, basketball, and flag football, as well as attend community-based sporting and cultural events. 

How are family members involved in the treatment process at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

The participant’s family is an essential part of successful treatment and a critical factor in a child’s success after they leave our program. Families are expected to take an active role in the treatment process. Family therapy is part of the treatment process and is provided on a weekly basis by master’s level clinicians. The goal of this therapy is to assist families in developing improved communication and problem solving skills, as well as to help families understand and meet their child’s unique emotional needs. Families are encouraged to visit once or twice weekly and maintain regular telephone contact with their child. Visits are arranged through the treatment staff.

How often do parents receive information on their child’s progress at Children’s Residential Treatment Center?

Parents have regular telephone contact with their child’s treatment staff to keep informed of their child’s progress. Progress is also conveyed during regular family therapy sessions. Parents are invited to attend regular formal treatment progress review meetings that will provide an extensive review of their child’s progress in the program.