Children & Adolescent Residential Treatment

Piney Ridge Treatment Center offers a unique residential treatment program that focuses solely upon the treatment of children and teens between the ages of 7 and 17 who have sexually problematic behaviors in addition to a major mental illness. Our multidisciplinary team understands that in order to prevent complications and to best allow your child to build the future he or she wants, we must treat both disorders as the primary concern. Each child who comes to us for help is treated as an individual who has unique needs and life experiences, and we base our treatment upon his or her present and future needs. We achieve this goal by using a level-based program that requires our residents to take responsibility both for the behaviors associated with their mental health condition as well as those that stem from problematic sexual behaviors.

We use empirically-validated, scientifically-sound treatment methods to help our residents, these may include individual, family, group, and recreational therapy. The highly-structured program we offer provides a nurturing environment in which our clients learn and use appropriate coping skills, management of behaviors, and tools to prevent relapse. These tools are intended to assist our residents as they successfully complete the program at Piney Ridge Center and learn ways to reintegrate back into their home and community.

Piney Ridge Center is proud to offer the following services to our residents:

  • 24-hour, around-the-clock nursing supervision
  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Sexual rehabilitative program
  • On-site available general medical services
  • Social skills training
  • College prep and ACT training
  • Technology center and computer lab
  • Substance abuse education and treatment
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Recreational therapy and programs
  • On-site, state-certified educational programming
  • Discharge planning and aftercare services
  • Gender and age-specific programs
  • Community reintegration activities

Criteria for admission to Piney Ridge Center:

We treat boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 who have both a mental health diagnosis and problematic sexual behaviors. The following criteria allow us to determine which children and teens will most benefit from our services:

  1. To be admitted into our program, one of the following must be met:
    • Child has committed a sexual offense that has been found true by an official investigation by the Department of Human Services or the Arkansas State Police
    • Child has committed an offense involving the usage of power, threat, coercion, control, or intimidation
    • Child has committed an offense in which there was at least a three (3) year age difference between the offender and his or her victim
    • Child has a documented pattern for deviant sexualized behavior, sexual misconduct, or sexually maladaptive behaviors as indicated by the psychosexual assessment
  2. DSM-IV diagnosis indicating a moderate to severe mental health disorder including the duration and persistence as specified in each DSM-IV diagnosis.
  3. Documentation of failure to respond to an adequate trail of appropriate, less-intensive intervention (e.g. outpatient, day treatment) or previous acute care facility within a two (2) year period or persistent need for 24-hour supervision in a therapeutic environment.
  4. Intellectual capacity to effectively participate, and benefit from, the treatment program. Child may have intellectual function below 70 if thought that resident may benefit from the program and meets self-care needs.
  5. Sexually maladaptive behavior risk level of moderate to high based upon results of the psychosocial assessment.
  6. Persistent, pervasive dysfunction in two or more of the following areas:
    • Family relations
    • Peer relationships
    • School performance
    • Occupational or vocational functioning
    • Social functioning
    • Substance abuse
    • Legal offenses
  7. Children and teens who meet the above criteria with visual/hearing impairments and could benefit from the SAY program will be referred to external sources to assist with the needs of the youth.
  8. Referrals involving documented instances of sadistic or ritualistic sexual abuse, use of a weapon during the commission of a sexual act will be considered on an individual basis.
  9. Referrals carrying any of the pervasive developmental disorders shall be considered on an individual basis.

Piney Ridge Center is easily accessible for referral sources and potential residents and their families. When a referral is received, it is assigned to a community liaison and/or mobile assessor who will set up a time to meet with the guardian to sign consents for previous records and complete the assessment. When the assessment is completed and residential care is thought to be an appropriate intervention, our staff will initiate prior authorization. Once approved, the admission is scheduled and the client becomes a resident in our warm, safe treatment community.

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