Residential & Day Treatment Programs

Eliada treatment programs serve youth with a variety of mental health diagnoses who may struggle with difficulty regulating emotions, tolerating distress, self injurious behaviors, aggression, trauma reactions, running behaviors, and substance use. Programs vary from residential treatment to daily education blended with treatment.

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)

Eliada’s PRTF has two cottage programs for youth 12-17 years old. PRTF runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides 24 hour supervision. 

PRTF (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility) Services include:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation by our Medical Director
  • Weekly medication management
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • 24-hour nursing services
  • Daily living skills
  • Coordination of academics
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Case management and transition-planning

Additional therapeutic approaches may include:

  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS): Certified Mental Health Clinicians lead this group therapy that provides a combination of psychoeducation and skills for students who have experienced trauma or chronic stress.
  • Therapeutic Animal Service Cooperative (TASC): Students participate in weekly groups with the animals while developing interpersonal skills such as communication, listening, asking for help, problem solving, empathy, emotional awareness, and self-confidence. (Full description below.)
  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA): Certified Mental Health Clinicians and an Equine Specialist use this model of equine therapy in individual, family, and group settings. 
  • Therapeutic Recreation: Students have the opportunity to participate in therapeutic after school activities including sports and creative arts. (Full description below.)

Education while in Residential Treatment

Students receive daily instruction in English/Literature, Math Foundations/Concepts, General Science, and Health & Wellness in a highly-structured small classroom setting. All lessons follow NC Common Core/Standard Course of Study objectives. Additionally, students who need remediation receive instruction from a licensed Title One Teacher and special education students receive instruction from a licensed Special Education Teacher. High school students who are motivated to complete specific high school credits may utilize Gradpoint, an online core academic credit program. 


Students are placed in cottages based on treatment and safety needs. 

  • Reynolds Cottage: Reynolds PRTF is a 9 bed locked and staff secure treatment facility designed to treat adolescent females 12-17. 
  • Cummings Cottage: Cummings PRTF is 9 bed unlocked and staff secure treatment facility designed to treat co-ed adolescents ages 12-17. 

Level III Residential Treatment

Green Cottage, Reuter Cottage, and Earle Cottage are all residential treatment programs at Eliada Homes that are well suited for adolescents who may not need as intensive and restrictive services as Eliada’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) cottages. All cottages are small, home-like, four-bed residences for adolescents ages 12-17. These residential programs act as a stepping stone for children before returning to their home communities.

Youth in Level III participate in:

  • Life Skills: Youth learn daily life skills to help them manage their hygiene, health, and home life in weekly skills training.
  • Community Engagement: Youth engage in community service and activities in their local community.
  • Therapeutic Recreation: Students participate in outdoor recreation activities that blends directly with their treatment goals.

Education while in Level III

Youth in these cottages either attend Eliada’s Day Treatment program for school where they receive a high level of one-on-one instruction, or a local public or alternative school. Eliada staff facilitate getting youth to and from school, and support youth in reintegrating into the community setting for their education.


Day Treatment

Day Treatment serves high-risk students who have a history of emotional and/or behavioral problems, and are in need of a structured treatment program in conjunction with their education. Students in Day Treatment are 6-15 years old and the program operates year-round, five days a week.

The ratio of staff to students is 1:4 and classes rarely have more than eight students. This low ratio enables staff to provide more individualized instruction and attention for each student. While in Day Treatment students: learn ways to manage emotions, develop confidence and self esteem, practice building positive relationships, learn to take responsibility for their choices and actions, and learn appropriate classroom etiquette.

Day Treatment integrates behavioral, educational, and clinical components to meet the needs of each student served. Case Managers are the daily contact person with parents, helping with parenting strategies to support treatment, communication of daily behaviors, coordination of student transition back to public schools, and after-care follow-up. Individual therapy, family therapy and medication management are available to students. Students participate in outdoor recreation activities and equine-assisted therapy (TASC).

Eliada Academy best serves students who are:

  • 6 – 17 years of age
  • Have an IQ of 70 or greater
  • Meet medical necessity for day treatment
  • Have a DSM-IV primary mental health diagnosis
  • Have a history of behavior problems or lack of success in a school setting
  • Have the ability to learn from a cognitive behavior treatment modality
  • Would benefit from treatment in a small group setting

Eliada Academy cannot serve students who:

  • Are younger than 6 years old or older than 17 years old
  • Have an IQ less than 70 or have been classified as developmentally delayed
  • Are juvenile sex offenders (as evidenced either by adjudication or the presence of risk factors related to offending)
  • Have a primary substance abuse disorder

Accredited as a non-public, private school by AdvancEd (SACS/CASI) (Southern Association for Colleges and Schools and Council on Accreditation and School Improvement)


Wellness Policy for Treatment Programs

Eliada has a Wellness Policy for Students in Day Treatment, Level III and PRTF. To view it, Click Here!


Therapeutic Recreation in Treatment Programs

Equine Therapy

Eliada’s Equine Therapy Program provides animal assisted therapeutic activities for high-risk students with behavioral and emotional problems. Our family of animals includes 9 horses, 1 llama, 2 mini-horses, 2 pigs, 2 goats, and many sweet barn cats. 

Therapeutic Animal Service Cooperative (TASC) activities are designed to build emotional awareness, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, ability to focus, impulse and anger control, assertiveness and empathy. Students participate in weekly groups to practice these skills. 

A greater awareness of personal feelings may be achieved through caring for the horses. Eliada’s students often form strong relationships with the animals in equine therapy and come to realize the significance of personal connection and responsibility to another living being. Certified Mental Health Clinicians use an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) approach with our Equine Specialist and provide individual, family, and group therapy with the horses.

The equine therapy staff is knowledgeable and extensively trained in EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy), EAGALA (Equine Assisted Learning and Growth Association), group facilitation, team work and clinical issues.

Outdoor Recreation

Eliada offers opportunities to play football, basketball, volleyball, golf, soccer and tennis. Athletics are an important way for young people to learn team building, cooperation, and the importance of goal achievement. Through participation in the Recreation program, students are able to learn hard work, determination, courage, teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. They are able to improve upon important social skills such as making friendships and establishing healthy lifestyle habits.

Adventure Recreation

Eliada offers students opportunities to participate in water sports like rafting and kayaking, ropes courses, camping, hiking, rock climbing and more.

Creative Arts

Eliada offers clubs for students interested in creative writing, poetry, theater, improv, visual art, and anime.