Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

We offer a stable nurturing home environment to those who need it most. Our licensed and accredited Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program treats youth ages 12-18 and non-minor dependents who have suffered acute trauma and have pre-existing social, emotional, and behavioral issues. Our facilities house up to 16 youth and provide the highest level of care.

Individually staffed and supervised by full-time pre-licensed and licensed Clinicians, all CHS residential programs are structured environments in which each student’s individual needs are assessed, and individualized treatment plans are designed and implemented. Each program utilizes a behavior management system (strength based social skills program), which is tailored to the student’s specific treatment goals. All programs provide some degree of flexibility in terms of approach to treatment, based on individually assessed student needs, treatment plan specifics, and placement goals. They participate in transitional planning which focusses on family therapy with the goal of reunification, as well as alternative planning when needed, including transitioning to independent living.

  • 24-Hour Student Supervision
  • Medi-Cal certified to provide Specialty Mental Health Services
  • Culturally Relevant Trauma-Informed Care Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Treatment: Seeking Safety Treatment Model; Dialectical Behavior Therapy Informed; Cognitive Behavioral; Pathways Treatment Model
  • Use of Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength Assessment (CANSA) Tool
  • Pre-Licensed and Licensed Clinicians
  • Licensed Child Psychiatrist – Assessment/Psychotropic Medications
  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy and Child Family Team (CFT) meetings
  • Substance Abuse Education and Counseling
  • Strength-Based Daily Personal Skills Program & Daily Living Skills Training
  • On-Site Vision Examinations by Licensed Optometrist
  • Off-Site Physical Examinations and Medical Care by Licensed Pediatrician
  • one.Vision alternative education classes for qualifying students
  • Sports (Pool), Cultural/Recreational Activities, and Vocational Therapy (Cafe)

The CHS Residential Program works in close cooperation with our consulting psychiatrist, the student’s pediatrician and other health-care providers. Each student is assessed at intake, and their health issues are managed and documented until their discharge from placement. All students receive medical, dental, and eye examinations on an annual basis, as well as any additional basic health-related services that may be required. Extraordinary health care costs not met by the student’s insurance are frequently met by CHS in the form of donated services from health care providers and/or contributions from the community at large. In addition to providing basic health care services to the student population, students are also provided with training in basic nutrition and meal planning, and participate in meal preparation. Agency personnel are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Most importantly we are Medi-Cal certified as a Specialty Mental Health Provider which means we can provide critical services in regard to crisis counseling, medication, and treatment so the students receive the best care possible.

CHS offer complete recreational and activity-therapy components, to encourage students to develop healthy bodies and active lifestyles. All students are provided with the opportunity to develop diverse recreational interests and skills in a highly structured setting. Daily recreational activities occur both during school hours and on the Residential Cottages, and students attend a variety of activities in the community, such as college and professional athletic events, plays and concerts. Each program also participates in a weekly planned activity, where significant emphasis is placed on the enhancement of social skills.

CHS recognizes the importance of our Residential Program students remaining in contact with family and friends and we work diligently to ensure contact, unless prohibited by court order or the student’s individual case plan. Contact may include letter writing, packages, telephone calls, on-grounds visits, day passes and home visits.

For the protection of our students all visitors to the campus must show a picture I.D., register in a Visitor’s Log, use the designated visiting areas, abide by all laws, abide by the rules of CHS, not pose a threat or disruption to the program and must not interfere with the rights and privacy of the other students and their families.

The policies regarding visitation and other forms of contact are provided in more detail upon admission to the program.

Specific treatment processes may vary to some degree between individual programs. We typically see students with the following issues:

  • Dysfunctional family systems
  • Victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Depression/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Social skills & living deficits
  • Delinquent/pre-delinquent behaviors
  • Adolescent victim/perpetrators
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Substance abuse education and prevention
  • Severe emotional disturbance
  • Characterological disorders

We have seven psychiatric-level treatment programs, located in two centralized residential cottages.

Delta Cottage ( (LIC #390332238) Females, ages 12-18, and Non-Minor Dependents. Social Service and Probation referrals accepted. Eight bed Community Home setting with emphasis on emancipation or reunification, daily independent living skills, social and vocational skills, abuse, adjustment, and family issues.

Alpine Cottage (LIC #390332238) Females, ages 12-18, and Non-Minor Dependents. Probation and Social Services referrals accepted. Eight bed, highly structured, institutional setting on the main campus. Emphasis on victim/perpetrator treatment, reunification or emancipation, daily independent living skills, social and vocational skills, adjustment, and family issues.

CHS only accepts referrals through California Juvenile Probation Departments and Social Service Departments. We do not accept post-adoption referrals. To make a referral to CHS, contact Lena Mayo, Intake Coordinator, at 209-395-3532 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.