Youth accepted for admission to Southern Peaks programs must have a diagnosis of a mental
health disorder and may exhibit all or some of the following characteristics, depending
on the specific program to which the youth will be admitted.
Admission characteristics include:
females between the ages of ten (10) and eighteen (18) at time of referral.
impairments in multiple areas of daily life.
A need for
24-hour supervision due to the intensity of impairment.
of unsuccessful treatment in a less restrictive treatment setting. There are no
appropriate levels of care which are less intensive to maintain and prevent
decompensation of the adolescent.
maladaptive traits and/or behaviors resulting in severe subjective distress.
disturbances in the development of cognitive, language, motor, and/or reciprocal
social interaction skills.
and/or violent thoughts and behaviors.
treatment for sexually abusive or offensive behavior.
co-occurring drug and/or alcohol issues.
structured therapeutic environment to develop effective coping skills necessary to
live safely and manage the effects of his/her illness.
sufficient emotional, social, and behavioral functioning for a residential setting.
Has an IQ of
70 or greater, (in some instances, on a case-by-case basis, a client with a lower IQ
may be considered based further evaluation).
adolescent is medically stable and his/her medical needs are within the scope of the