Inpatient / Crisis Response / Intensive Outpatient Programs
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Bethel Bible Village is a small setting, trauma informed, middle and high school located on the campus of Bethel Bible Village. This campus can be an residential option for families with children in grades 6th to 12th grade who are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues. Children are assigned to family-style homes based on their gender where live-in houseparents provide care, supervision, guidance, and accountability. Children attend school where they receive educational opportunities for traditionally underserved students facing adversity within their home and/or school environment.
Children participate in developing their own Individual Program Plan and attend individual, family, or group counseling. Bethel’s master-level social workers and residential staff work closely with each child and their family toward achieving all goals.
Address: 3001 Hamill Road, Hixson TN 37343
Phone: (423) 842-5757
Devereux Georgia provides intensive residential treatment in a secure setting for youth, ages 10 to 21. They use individual, group and family therapy, coupled with a fully accredited school, to develop a safe, therapeutic and welcoming community where children can grow, develop and thrive. Devereux also provides various residential programs across 20 different states, each offering unique services and specialized focuses. Their Georgia location is in a serene, wooded setting with a swimming pool, volleyball court, tennis court, playing field, lake and playground, which allow our youth the opportunity to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities.
Ages: 10-21 Years Old
Toll-free Phone: (770) 427-0147
Locations: 1291 Stanley Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Embark Behavioral Health at Benton is a short-term residential treatment center for adolescent males between the ages of 12-17. We work with boys who are struggling with anxiety, depression, social challenges, and learning differences. Our goal is to inspire a new confidence in them as well as a new way of being through a shift in how they learn. In-depth clinical assessment helps us create an environment for your son and family to stabilize, reset, and confidently move forward on a treatment journey with a clear understanding of the strengths and challenges at play. Our peaceful, therapeutic environment in the mountains of Tennessee and high standards of treatment provides the perfect environment for your child to work alongside other pre-teens and teens from all over the United States to overcome difficult mental health issues.
Specialized areas of focus: Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Self-management and recovery training (SMART), Experiential therapy
Address: 5842 Highway 30, Benton, TN, 37307
Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital has expanded capacity in adult, geriatric, and dual-diagnosis units! There are immediate open beds in Adult, Geriatric, and Dual-Diagnosis programs. The program serves adults only that are experiencing harm to self or others, substance use crisis, psychosis, mental or behavioral health crisis, or other psychiatric emergencies.
Address: 804 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404
Phone: (423) 498-4602
Accepted Insurances: Most private insurances, TennCare, Medicare
The Discovery Program at Laurel Heights is a specialized residential treatment program for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have severe behavioral difficulties and co-occurring psychiatric issues. Our highly skilled team of professionals provide a caring, therapeutic setting with high staff-to-child ratios, 24-hour nursing care, various therapeutic modalities and applied behavior analysis services. Parent/caregiver training is a critical component of our autism program. It ensures that students’ newly-learned skills and behaviors are carried out in their homes and communities. They support parents and caregivers with face-to-face training and telephone consultation.
Based in Atlanta, Laurel Heights provides intensive psychiatric residential services to children and adolescents ages 6-17 with severe psychiatric disorders. They provide specialty programs to address the complex needs of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders.
The Acute Program is specifically designed to provide inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents ages 7 -17 who present with comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorders or other neurodevelopmental disorders. The primary objective of treatment is to quickly stabilize the symptoms that led to hospitalization, including severe self-injury, suicidal behavior and/or severe aggression. Treatment integrates psychiatric and applied behavior analytic interventions and strategies to stabilize severe symptoms and assist the patient in acquiring self-management and coping skills.
Phone: 1 (800) 634-5437
Address: 934 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Psychiatric residential treatment facility based north of Knoxville that focuses on meeting the holistic needs of youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Norris Academy serves youth and adolescents ranging from ages 6 years old to 17 years old and provides treatment that includes:
- Medication Management from a Board Certificated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
- 24-hour Nursing Staff available to meet complex psychiatric, developmental and medical needs
- Weekly Individual, Family and Group therapy to assist with skill-building and socialization
- State-certified school staffed by Special Education certified teachers and principal
- Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology
Norris Academy focuses on meeting each youth’s individual need through a comprehensive treatment team that focuses on how to most effectively transition the youth back to the community after treatment goals are met. Youth benefit from tools related to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Sensory Integration techniques, and Socialization techniques prescribed by professional and residential staff.
Pasadena Villa Network of Services specializes in treating adults (18 years or older) who struggle with mental illnesses in our three residential locations and expanding network of outpatient treatment locations. They offer five primary clinical pathways including: Mood Disorders, Thought Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Co-Occurring Disorders.
They have three locations: Pasadena Villa in Orlando, FL; Smoky Mountain Lodge in Sevierville, TN and the Stables Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders also in Sevierville, TN.
Smoky Mountain Lodge is in-network with BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana, Aetna, and Beacon Health Options. Pasadena Villa works on an out-of-network basis with many commercial carriers and offers private pay rates. Outpatient treatment centers offer in-network, out-of-network, and private pay rates that may vary by state or location.
The first step towards treatment is to call our admissions staff at During this call, we will work to obtain pertinent clinical and demographic information and begin the assessment.
Ages served: 18 years old and older
Location: 3889 Wonderland Lane, Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 866.584.7578 - Admissions.
Project Transition collaborates with SOS members, their supports, and with state-wide mobile crisis teams to improve the lives of children and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who also experience behavioral challenges that pose a risk to their safety and stability in the community. Project Transition collaborates with SOS members, their supports, and with state-wide mobile crisis teams to improve their lives and ability to self-regulate and thrive in the community.
System of Support Services:
Crisis prevention and intervention services with 24/7, on-call support
Identification of service gaps and assist with obtaining services needed to maintain safety and stability in the community
Improve quality of life by supporting the existing service delivery system to effectively provide care and reduce crisis episodes
Regular meetings with the individual, caregivers, and other providers to develop a crisis prevention and intervention plan
Assist the individual’s team in developing skills to decrease crisis events that lead to hospitalization, law enforcement involvement, and emergency department utilization
Phone: Michelle Palmer 865-591-8960
Email: Michelle.Palmer@Project Transition.com
Springbrook is a behavioral health center with inpatient and residential programs for children with autism ages 5-21. Their residential program is tailored to the child with autism and goal-oriented, rather than for long-term care, and works with children across the Southeast including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. They accept students at all developmental levels on the autism spectrum. Therapies and programs provided include: ABA therapy, group therapy, sensory integration therapy, occupational and speech therapy, recreational education, and more.
Springbrook also has an accelerated short-term program. This intensive program is approximately 28-days and is specifically designed to reach mid-to-high functioning adolescents over the age of 10 with ASD and related developmental disorders who are exhibiting behaviors that interfere with their success at home and school. For those who need longer care to stabilize, a transfer to Springbrook Autism Residential Program is possible based on criteria and bed availability.
They are in network with many insurance companies, including some TN commercial insurances and TN Medicaid. Contact for more information on insurance and admissions.
SOCAT offers care coordination using a wraparound approach for young children, children, youth, and young adults and their families.
Criteria for Services
Youth experiencing emotional or behavioral concerns that affect their daily life (i.e. having trouble in school, with their family, with peers or adults, with law enforcement, or children's services);
Youth having difficulty or is at-risk of being kicked out of pre-school, child care, school, home, etc;
Youth currently, or is at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, residential placement, or DCS custody
Ages Served: Birth - 21 years old
Location: 500 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
Referral options: http://socacrosstn.org/make-a-referral/
Phone: (615) 532-6700
Contact Person: Laritha Fentress
TN-START is a statewide resource for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have complex behavioral or mental health needs. TN-START provides crisis response, stabilization planning, training and education, and consultation. Once referred, the TN START assesses needs, create person-centered cross-systems crisis prevention and intervention plans, and also provide training and support to stabilize the individual.
Criteria for Services: 6 years of age or older currently receiving or eligible for Medicaid waiver services such as ECF CHOICES.
Phone: (423) 280-4506
Contact Person: Dana Davis, Assessment & Stabilization Manager
Other Contact Persons in other regions: https://www.tn.gov/didd/for-consumers/assessment-stabilization-teams/contact-referral-information.html
Contact this organization for crisis services and support after crisis. They also provide evaluations and assessments and medicine management. They might be able to help provide more thorough evaluations people would use when applying for SSID.
Services and programs include:
Psychiatric Medication Management
Intensive Outpatient Program
Crisis Stabilization Unit
Crisis Walk-In Center
Psychological Evaluations and assessments
Mobile Crisis Response
Outpatient Therapy — individual, family and group
PATH — Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness
HUD Continuum of Care Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals and Families
Location: 420 Bell Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Phone: (423) 634-8884
Other Locations: Click this link to see dozens of other locations in TN