Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Services (PRTF)

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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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Eliada opened the first Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) program in western North Carolina in 2006. Today our PRTF program has 42 beds in five unique cottage programs.

PRTF runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides 24 hour supervision for children and adolescents with a mental illness who are in need of care and specialized interventions.

Eliada’s Cottages

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Treatment occurs in 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 based program designed to help children and adolescents improve social skills, manage anger, and improve moral reasoning.

Participation in Therapeutic Recreation: Students participate in weekly groups using mini-bikes (NYPUM) and equine-assisted therapy (TASC) that works directly with their treatment goals.

Progressive Level System: Students demonstrate their treatment progress through the completion of projects, assuming increased responsibilities, and handling expanded privileges; all culminating in a formal graduation from the program.

Education: Teachers use a thematic curriculum that integrates all subject areas. Classes take place in a small group setting in the cottage and are designed to meet the NC Standard Course of Study and Common Core/Essential Standards goals. Various instructional approaches are used to meet each student’s needs.

Lions Cottage

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.  The treatment model called Moral Reconation Therapy focuses on teaching thinking, judgment, and life skills.

Reynolds Cottage

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 skills education and skills practice groups, individual and group therapy, and stress reduction techniques.

Reuter Cottage

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 (daily goal, reflection, and peer support groups) and Aggression Replacement Training. Treatment focuses on motivating and equipping youth to help one another act responsibly.

Cummings Cottage

Cummings PRTF is an unlocked, staff secure, all female facility in which the treatment model and therapeutic tasks focus on Aggression Replacement Training.  Treatment focuses on motivating and equipping youth to help one another act responsibly.

Earle Cottage

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.