Residential Treatment

Basic Questions to ask Residential Treatment Programs

Name of Facility  ___________________________________________

Contact person  ____________________________________________

Phone number  _____________

Ages Served  _________

Locked  __________ Unlocked  ____________

Non-Profit  Yes ____

Do you currently have space available?  _____

  • What is the average length of stay in your facility?
  • Does your program have a mechanism or procedure that will demonstrate and document that residents are more mature and more responsible when they leave than when they arrived?
  • If a resident child appears not to be appropriate for your facility, does a staff member at your facility find, or assist in finding a more appropriate placement?
  • Do residents in your facility know whether they are making progress or not? How?
  • Are families of residents involved in the residential experience of their child? How? How often?
  • Do the children in your care go to school on campus at a non-public school, or off campus?
  • Does your program provide aftercare?
  • Do you have a program for training of new on-site staff? Do you provide your staff with on-going training?
  • How often will my child participate in therapeutic group sessions?
  • How often will my child get individual therapy sessions?
  • How are the parents or family involved in therapy or therapeutic assisted visitation with the child?
  • Is there an initial timer period where the family is asked not to contact the child?
  • Who would be my contact here regarding concerns for my child? Would this be a social worker, therapist, director, or all of these dependent on my concerns or questions?
  • What are the visitation privileges or rules?
  • What are the child’s privileges regarding home calls or home visits? Are these dependent upon behavior?
  • What forms or approvals are required to place a child there?
  • Do you currently have a vacancy for this child?
  • What would be the next step?




Adoption Assistance

The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) is a federal program of financial assistance for adoptive children that goes into effect after the Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed.


School District

This program provides mental health services to Special Education students who have significant mood/behavioral problems impacting their education performance and require clinical intervention in order to successful at school



All children who qualify for AAP benefits are also eligible for health care services through the Medi-Cal program.


Private Pay

Private pay is the primary funding source for a large majority of products and service associated with long-term care.


Victim Witness

The Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) can help victims and family members of victims for crimes such as: domestic violence, child abuse, assault, sexual assault, molestation, homicide, robbery, drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter.

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