Copper Hills Youth Center is interested in helping troubled adolescents make positive changes. Placing an adolescent in a residential treatment program is not an easy decision for a parent or guardian to make. It is most often a very difficult and emotional decision, but necessary in order to offer each adolescent an opportunity for a new beginning and a successful future.

Every adolescent referred to our program has a unique set of circumstances that are considered in our admission process. We will request previous treatment records in order to determine if Copper Hills Youth Center offers the most appropriate level of care. If our Admissions and Clinical department does not believe that we can offer the most appropriate level of care, we will make every effort to assist in providing you with other options.

Admissions Criteria

We maintain a therapeutic treatment environment by adhering to criteria that ensures each adolescent in our care receives the support they need, both from staff and from peers in treatment. To be considered for admission to Copper Hills Youth Center, the adolescent should meet the following criteria:

    • The adolescent must be between the ages of 12 and 17. We are able to provide treatment for adolescents through their 17th year until the day before they turn 18.
    • The adolescent has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, has failed outpatient therapies and is currently exhibiting behaviors such as, but not limited to:
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Psychotic symptoms
      • Severe mood swings
      • Extreme oppositional or defiant responses to peers and/or parents
      • Explosiveness or uncontrolled rages of anger
      • Evidence of substance abuse or dependency
      • Self-harming
      • Suicidal ideations, threats or attempts
      • Inability to control aggressiveness, cruelty and physical acting out
      • Impulsive behaviors
      • Runaway behaviors
      • Self-destructive behaviors
      • Destruction of property
      • Lying, covert behavior, stealing
      • Evidence of ritualistic behaviors
    • Must exhibit signs of primary mental illness including secondary addiction
    • IQ of 60 and above

While our residential treatment center is well-suited to the needs of adolescents with a dual diagnosis some factors may exclude a youth from admission, including:

  • Actively suicidal and/or homicidal, requiring acute hospitalization.
  • Unstable medical conditions that might do irreversible damage to the patient, which requires intensive medical management.
  • Actively psychotic or severely disorganized thought processes requiring stabilization, which precludes residential care.
  • Severe organic brain disorders and non-ambulatory individuals.