Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Services (PRTF)
Eliada’s PRTF program today has 42 total beds in five unique cottage programs, in a residential campus setting.
- Is available 24 hours a day;
- Is available every day of the year;
- Provides care for children and adolescents with a mental illness;
- Provides 24 hour supervision;
- Provides specialized interventions.
To speak with someone about admitting a child or adolescent into Eliada’s PRTF Program please contact the Intake Department at or 828.254.5356 x322
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- The Clinical Supervisor and licensed clinicians provide individual and family therapy.
- Program Managers are Qualified Professionals who supervise programs and provide crisis management.
- Case Managers coordinate therapeutic leave, person centered planning, and transition planning.
- Psychiatric and medical oversight is under the direction of a Medical Director/ psychiatrist.
- A centralized nursing team provides 24/7 nursing oversight for the students.
The program also provides educational services:
- The curriculum is thematic integrating all subject areas.
- Classes take place in small group settings.
- Classes are designed to meet NC Standard Course of Study incorporating Common Core/Essential Standards goals.
- Various instructional approaches are implemented to meet individual needs.
- The school day includes classes, group building activities, skill streaming groups, community activities, art, and physical education/fitness.
- Team and individual sports;
- Physical fitness activities;
- A therapeutic horse/animal program (TASC);
- A mini-bike program (NYPUM);
- Tennis courts;
- Golf driving range;
- Outdoor experiential activities.
Adolescent PRTF Programs
Treatment occurs in four 9 bed cottages with well-trained, compassionate staff who guide student behaviors through the use of logical consequences and evidence based practices. Students entering the program are given assessments to determine their current skill levels; then begin their treatment journey which incorporates the following:
- Aggression Replacement Training (ART): ART is an evidenced base intervention training program. It is designed to help children and adolescents improve social skills, manage anger, and improve moral reasoning. These three components are implemented through skills learning, practice of techniques and guided group discussions.
- Participation in Therapeutic Recreation: Students participate in weekly groups using mini-bikes and equine-assisted therapy that works directly with their treatment goals.
- Progressive Level System: Students demonstrate their treatment progress through the completion of program projects, assuming increasing cottage responsibilities, handling expanding privileges, and culminating in a formal graduation from the program.
Lions PRTF is a locked and staff secure treatment facility designed to treat male adolescents with aggression who have been diagnosed with a variety of mental health diagnoses, which may include Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Disruptive Behavior Disorder. In addition to Aggression Replacement Training, the treatment model and therapeutic tasks related to the model include a focus on:
- Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT): A cognitive, evidence based behavioral model that combines psycho-educational group sessions and individual structured exercises and tasks. Students are taught thinking, judgment and life skills designed to enhance social, moral and behavioral growth.
Reynolds PRTF is a locked and staff secure treatment facility for adolescent females. This cottage is appropriate for girls who struggle with significant emotion regulation issues, poor distress tolerance skills, and self injurious behaviors in addition to trauma. The treatment model includes:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Students attend one skills education group and one skills practice/review group each week, as well as having the use of DBT skills reinforced in individual and group therapy.
- Stress/Anxiety Reduction: Students attend at least one group each week focused on teaching stress reduction techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.
Reuter PRTF is an unlocked, staff secure, co-ed facility in which the treatment model and therapeutic tasks focus on EQUIP, a program that uniquely blends the components of Positive Peer Culture and Aggression Replacement Training. Treatment focuses on motivating and equipping youth to help one another act responsibly.
- Positive Peer Culture (PPC): A mutual helping program where students participate in daily goal, reflection, and peer support groups, as well as attending a mutual help group led by a clinician. Students identify their general and primary behavior problems and work on thinking errors throughout the course of treatment.
- Stress/Anxiety Reduction: Students attend at least one group weekly focused on teaching stress reduction techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.
Cummings PRTF is an unlocked, staff secure, all female facility in which the treatment model and therapeutic tasks focus on Aggression Replacement Training. Common diagnoses include Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Treatment focuses on motivating and equipping youth to help one another act responsibly.
Earle PRTFs is an unlocked, staff secure treatment facility designed for pre-adolescents, six to twelve years of age, who have been diagnosed with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Treatment occurs with well-trained, compassionate staff who guide student behaviors through the use of positive reinforcement, individualized motivators, and logical consequences, in a setting resembling a natural home and school environment. Students entering the program are introduced to the treatment approach which incorporates the following:
- Skill-Streaming Curriculum: A training curriculum which addresses the social skill needs of students who display aggression, immaturity, withdrawal, or other problem behaviors. Groups are conducted three times a week during the academic day and skills are categorized to meet the needs of the children. The skills are taught, rehearsed, reinforced, and practiced throughout the day, which assists the students in dealing with interpersonal conflicts and using self-control.
- Therapeutic Recreation: Students participate in weekly groups using bicycles (NYPUM) and equine-assisted therapy (TASC), which work directly with our students’ treatment goals.
- Progressive Badge Advancement: Students demonstrate their treatment progress and progressing to the next level through a badge advancement process. The badge, symbolize skill mastery and are displayed in the cottage.
- A graduation ceremony celebrates the child’s success when they are ready to transition from PRTF to a less restrictive environment.
Eliada’s PRTF programs are licensed by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.