Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) provides a structured
residential setting for children that are exhibiting behaviors that negatively
impact their lives. ERTP specializes in identifying the source of maladaptive
behaviors and other unidentified mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
The program is accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission and
licensed by the State of Alabama to provide treatment for boys and girls ages
12 – 18. Our year-round, college prep academic program for grades 6 – 12 is
accredited by AdvancED/SACS.
ERTP offers rolling admissions and the length of the program is determined by the child’s issues and response to treatment. We do not require long term contracts, yet ERTP can accommodate up to a year or more in treatment. Private insurance and private pay are accepted. ERTP is not a provider for Medicaid.
Empirically based assessment and diagnostic tools are used to evaluate and formulate an initial diagnostic impression. Our professional treatment team develops an individualized, comprehensive treatment and education plan. Led by a child, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist, the Treatment Team includes licensed professional counselors, a licensed social worker that specializes in trauma, grief, adoption and attachment disorders, an advanced alcohol and drug counselor, an EAGALA certified instructor, and Highly Qualified, Alabama State Certified educators. Residents are supervised around-the-clock by support staff that are carefully screened and selected for their education and experience in adolescent treatment or related fields.
As a medical model staffed with physicians, registered nurses and a certified nurse practitioner, ERTP can accept youth that some programs consider medically fragile. With close medical oversight, medication management, expert therapeutic care and education, our program graduates return home as self-directed, educated and contributing members of society.