Inpatient Programs

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt 2 or email

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

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


Laurel Heights Hospital

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 7 – 21 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 ​

Norris Academy

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 5 years old to 21 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.

Location: 17 Ridgeway Rd, Andersonville, TN 37705
Phone: 865-494-5554 or toll-free at 1-800-896-4754.

Pasadena Villa Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center (Adults)

Pasadena Villa is primarily a private pay facility, though they do have the option of accessing out-of-network benefits depending on the insurance plan. Specifically, at their TN location, they are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance only. Must be able to participate in treatment programs and must be free of major medical conditions requiring 24/7 nursing services.

Ages served: 18 and older

Location: 3889 Wonderland Lane, Sevierville, TN 37862

Phone: 865-383-5578


Springbrook Behavioral Health System (Anchor Autism Program)

Three principles guide SpringBrook Behavioral Health’s program for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: (1) Minimize Stimulation, (2) Accelerate Learning, and (3) Decrease Behaviors. Clients achieve positive behavioral outcomes through a combination of psychiatric treatment and innovative therapeutics such as: ABA Therapy, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Biofeedback, High Staffing Ratio, Year-round Special Education Program, Specialized Treatment and Education Areas, Visual, and Regimented Schedules

Springbrook Behavioral Health offers treatment programs for behavioral problems that are linked to autism. The Autism Program at Springbrook is a goal-oriented treatment plan designed to minimize the self-destructive behaviors that are often seen in children with autism and related diagnoses. At the core of our program is Applied Behavior Analysis—a discipline that uses evidence-based interventions to improve socially significant behaviors.

Some of the interventions for children with autism include visual schedules, play therapy, story-based interventions that ask students to imagine themselves in social situations and plan ahead to decrease anxiety, peer training, modeling behaviors, and teaching joining techniques.  Ultimately, the goal of their program is not merely to eliminate an undesirable behavior but to equip children with autism with the tools they need to manage themselves and become more flexible, spontaneous, and adaptable to social situations.

Location: 1 Havenwood Lane, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Phone: 864-834-8013

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1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 531-6961 (option 2)

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