Teen Residential Treatment Center in California

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment center in California for troubled youth, is a 45-60 day program that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment programs for teens. The program uses evidence-based clinical modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Comprehensive DBT to help teens overcome their challenges and provides a safe and supportive environment for them to heal and recover.

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Our California Accreditations and Affiliations

Knowledge and expertise are key to the success of our adolescent treatment programs. This is why we seek and renew various accreditations, affiliations and certifications related to our offerings. Our hope is that patients and families trust the care we provide.

About Residential Teen Treatment

What is our California Teen Residential Treatment Like?

Sometimes, a teen requires additional support to overcome mental health issues. In such cases, our California teen residential treatment program might be the solution they need. Teen residential treatment programs are a form of long-term mental health care for adolescents aged 13 to 17. This form of treatment typically takes place in a specialized residential facility where teens are provided with 24/7 care and support. The goal of a teen residential treatment program is to help teens reach their full potential and live a healthy, productive life.

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Who is a Teen Residential Treatment Program For?

When is Residential Teen Treatment Necessary?

Residential teen treatment programs for troubled youth are necessary when teens are facing serious mental health and substance abuse issues that can’t be managed in a home or outpatient setting. In particular, teen residential treatment is often the best option when teens are struggling with severe depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, or severe mental health issues. Residential treatment for teens is also an appropriate solution for adolescents with substance abuse issues, who might otherwise lack the support needed to maintain sobriety.

By providing a secure and structured environment, residential treatment programs for teens can help teens focus on their recovery and equip them with the skills they need to live healthier life.

What Conditions Can Our California Teen Residential Programs Treat?

Teenage residential treatment programs specialize in treating teens with a variety of issues including behavioral issues, mental illness, and substance abuse. Some of the most common conditions treated include:

Suicidal Thoughts or Self-Harm

It is almost impossible to overstate the seriousness of self-harm and suicidal thoughts among teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011-2021 , 22% of students seriously considered attempting suicide, while 10% attempted suicide. Should you notice signs of suicidal thoughts or self-harm among your teens, you should take immediate action. Teens who face such challenges are often in need of specialized care and professional support.

Environmental Factors

Have you ever wondered how the environment affects the well-being of a teen? The surrounding of a teen has a profound impact on the teen’s well-being. Your teen’s exposure to an unsafe or toxic environment will most likely affect their mental health and overall development. You can receive a respite from these circumstances for your teen at a residential treatment center. 

Teen Residential Treatment at Key Healthcare

What to Expect After Being Admitted To our Teen Residential Treatment Program in California

Key Healthcare’s dual diagnosis residential program for teens takes place over the course of 45-60 days in the heart of Malibu California. We offer comprehensive treatment tailored to each teen’s individual needs. Our team is made up of experienced clinicians, therapists, and other professionals who will provide teens with the support and guidance they need to make positive changes. The program utilizes evidence-based clinical modalities such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help teens overcome their challenges.

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Teens will have access to weekly individual therapy with a licensed counselor. They’ll be able to explore their emotions and gain insight into how their thoughts and behaviors are impacting their life.

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Group therapy is a core component of our treatment program. During these sessions, teens will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another in a safe and supportive environment.

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We also offer a variety of holistic and adventure therapies such as yoga, art therapy, surf therapy, hiking, music production, and more. These activities can help teens reduce stress and gain a greater sense of self-awareness and their passions.

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A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for both physical and mental health. All of our residential treatment facilities provide three daily healthy meals, healthy snacks, and access to exercise facilities.

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The family unit plays a vital role in the treatment process. Our experienced therapists work with families to address communication issues, build healthy boundaries, and develop new coping skills that support long-term recovery.

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We provide academic support services to help teens stay on top of the schoolwork they’re missing while in our program. Curriculum and credit recovery are provided through Mission Academy School, and our staff is there to help support your child's studies.

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Have you heard about sand tray therapy? It is quite exceptional! This therapy is a creative approach that enables teenagers to express their emotions and thoughts by manipulating figurines and sand. This approach can be verbal or non-verbal and allows your teen to express their emotions and thoughts. It is particularly effective for teenagers with difficulty articulating their feelings.

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CBT is a versatile approach that is appropriate for teens who struggle with trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression. It focuses on the connection between behavior, emotions, and thoughts. CBT helps teens understand how their thoughts can influence their emotions and behaviors. Why is it necessary for your teen? CBT equips your teen with practical tools to manage their mental health by teaching them to identify their negative thoughts and replace them with healthy ones.

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Unlike CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on helping teenagers build resilience, improve their interpersonal relationships, and regulate their emotions. This makes it particularly effective for teens with challenges ranging from borderline personality disorder to suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and intense emotions.

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Prolonged exposure therapy is specialized and designed for teenagers who have experienced or are currently living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important that you identify and recognize signs of trauma in your teen and get immediate help

Residential Teen Treatment Program

Teen Residential Treatment California

Key Healthcare’s California teen residential treatment program may be the right fit for you and your family if you are seeking evidence-based clinical modalities, a compassionate and experienced staff, a safe and supportive environment for all genders, and personalized treatment plans.

Our teen treatment programs provide comprehensive care that addresses both mental health and substance use disorders, and our staff is committed to working closely with each teen and their family to support long-term recovery. Harnessing our serene coastal location, we incorporate mind-body focus techniques and the healing power of the ocean, which can help promote overall health and wellness. Contact us today to learn more and get started.

Key Healthcare Teen Residential Treatment Center Malibu California

Insurances We Accept

Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. if you live in California, or another state in the USA, you can Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.

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Meet the Team

We believe that the effectiveness of the treatment program relies heavily on the bond between the teen and their therapist, rather than solely on the clinical modalities and various therapeutic techniques employed. That is why our staff members are relatable, resourceful and fearless when it comes to finding creative solutions for each client.

Leadership Team

Dr. David Jacobson, PsyD, LCSW

David Jacobson (Dr. David), PsyD, LCSW, proudly possesses a rich 14-year history as a Clinical Director and researcher, focusing on Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Use at Key Healthcare.

Dr. Gregory Barnett, MD

Dr. Gregory Barnett, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, in his role as the Medical Director at Key Healthcare, Dr. Barnett is dedicated to providing unparalleled clinical and psychiatric care.

Vinsent Franke, CADC-II, MBA

Vincent Franke leverages 15 years of operational expertise to uphold Key Healthcare’s commitment to delivering top-tier care and expert-level treatment to all clients.

Michelle Smith

In her role as VP of Clinical Partnerships, Michelle is dedicated to advancing the mission of Key Healthcare by forging strategic alliances with clinical partners committed to delivering exceptional care to adolescents and their families.

Ryan Blivas

Ryan Blivas is a behavioral healthcare entrepreneur and teen mental health advocate who is passionate about finding solutions to combat the teen mental health crisis in America.

Evan Powell

Evan Powell is one of the co-founders of Key Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by his own treatment journey, he and Ryan set out to change the narrative for clients, and help them find a brighter path.

Clinical & Medical Team

Chanelle Catuogno,  ACSW

Chanelle specializes in trauma therapy, trained in ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and brings years of experience from private practice to her role at Key Healthcare.

Rocky Trombetti, MA, AMFT

Rocky serves as a family and group therapist within the adolescent treatment programs at Key Healthcare, specializing in supporting teens through their journey to recovery.

James Wilcox, MA, AMFT

James Wilcox is a dedicated family and group therapist within the Teen Treatment Programs at Key Healthcare, providing specialized support to adolescents as they navigate their path to recovery.

Jordan Werner, AMFT

Jordan possess particular expertise in treating borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship challenges, and trauma-related experiences.

Matt Cox, CADAC -I

Matt is an experienced operations expert with a vast knowledge of both Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.

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Matt Metcalf is a DBT Program Director at Key Healthcare. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with adolescents and their families for over 15 years.

Phillip Codd

With years of experience in all levels of the care continuum, Phil leverages his knowledge and experience of Quality Assurance and Compliance to ensure operational excellence at Key Healthcare’s Outpatient Facility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Teen Residential Treatment FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions about Teen Residential Treatment.
How effective are residential programs for troubled youth?
Residential treatment can be highly effective for teens struggling with various mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. Key Healthcare’s Teen residential treatment programs offer intensive therapeutic support, a structured environment, and a range of evidence-based interventions tailored to each teenager’s needs. We have been helping adolescents since 2015 and know how to deal with difficult individual situations at the highest clinical level.
Will my teen fall behind academically during residential treatment?
At Key Healthcare’s residential treatment center for teens, we understand the importance of maintaining academic progress during their stay. We provide comprehensive educational support to ensure teens don’t fall behind. Our facility is equipped with dedicated study rooms and computers, offering a conducive environment for academic assistance. We prioritize communication with your family and occasionally, the adolescent’s school to ensure we meet your child’s educational needs. By doing so, we aim to facilitate a seamless transition back to regular academic settings, ensuring a continuity of learning and supporting their educational journey.
How involved will our family be in the teen treatment process?
The family plays a crucial role in the process of residential treatment for an adolescent. We offer family therapy sessions, educational programs, and workshops to support and guide families. Regular communication with our treatment team will give you updates on your teen’s progress and the opportunity for collaborative decision-making. We ensure that you fully understand the expectations and level of family involvement, empowering you to participate in your teen’s treatment journey actively.
How will my teen’s emotional well-being be supported during residential treatment?
Our residential treatment programs for troubled youth prioritize the emotional well-being of teens and provide a supportive and therapeutic environment. Our team of clinical experts will work closely with your child, offering teen individual therapy and teen group therapy sessions and specialized interventions tailored to their needs. The treatment team aims to provide a nurturing and empathetic atmosphere to foster emotional growth, resilience, and healing.
How will residential treatment impact my teen’s overall development?
The Key Healthcare Teen residential treatment programs for troubled youth are designed to provide comprehensive support for a teen’s overall development. Through therapeutic interventions, education, skill-building activities, and a structured environment, residential treatment aims to enhance a teen’s development’s emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral aspects. Our treatment team will work closely with your teen to address their specific needs and goals, fostering personal growth, resilience, and positive changes in various areas of their life.
How are meals and nutrition managed in teen residential treatment centers?
A chef prepares daily meals for clients focused on their nutritional health and wellness.
How is education and academics addressed in teen residential treatment programs?
We provide academic support services to help teens stay on top of the schoolwork they’re missing while in our program. Curriculum and credit recovery are provided through Mission Academy School, and our staff is there to help support your child’s studies.
What are the long-term benefits of residential treatment for my teenager?
Residential treatment offers a structured and supportive environment where your teenager can focus on recovery. The long-term benefits include improved mental health, relapse prevention, enhanced coping skills, and a strong foundation for a healthier future.
What distinguishes "teen residential treatment" from other forms of therapy?
Teen residential treatment is intensive, offering 24/7 care and support. It combines individualized therapy, group sessions, education, and recreational activities in a structured environment to address complex issues comprehensively.
Our residential treatment programs are designed for teenagers aged 12 to 17, ensuring age-appropriate care and support.
Teen residential treatment is intensive, offering 24/7 care and support. It combines individualized therapy, group sessions, education, and recreational activities in a structured environment to address complex issues comprehensively.
How long is the typical duration of a stay in the teen residential treatment program?
The duration varies based on individual needs, but most stays range from 30 to 90 days. Our team assesses your child's progress to determine the optimal length of their stay.
What kind of mental health issues and dual diagnoses do you specialize in treating?
Key Healthcare specializes in treating a wide range of mental health issues and dual diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and more. Our experienced staff tailors treatment plans to address each individual's specific needs.
How does Key Healthcare ensure a teen's smooth transition back into school and community post-treatment?
We provide educational resources and support to help your teen reintegrate into school and their community successfully. Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition and continued progress.
How involved can families be in the treatment process?
Families are integral to the recovery process. We offer family therapy, educational sessions, and support to help you understand and assist your child on their journey to recovery.


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