- Mental Health America: Residential Treatment for Children and Adolescents – MHA believes that it is essential to avoid out-of-home placement whenever wrap-around care could meet the child’s or youth’s and family’s needs. For people with access to high-quality, local, community-based, non-profit residential facilities, and a comprehensive system of care, residential treatment may result in a relatively quick transition back to the community. Transitioning back is much harder for parents who enroll their child in a private, for-profit, often distant facility that may prove unresponsive and even abusive. The private for-profit residential care industry has grown very fast, without yet incorporating the ethos of the public sector alternatives that it is replacing, is impervious to community pressures, and is resistant to transparency and family collaboration.
Mental Health America: Residential Treatment for Children and Adolescents