RESIDENTIAL therapeutic treatment

             Because our youth come to us from homelessness and incarceration, they generally have an overlay of psychosis, on top of the underlying mental health issues relating to their unresolved childhood trauma. They also have been self-medicating the symptoms of their mental illness. We partner with dual diagnosis treatment centers, with a proven track record of healing transitional age youth from unresolved childhood trauma.

             In addition to individual and group counseling, our youth experience other forms of therapy proven to work in the healing of trauma. These include meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, pet therapy, equine therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), yoga and other therapies. In addition, the youth will work a twelve step addiction recovery program. We like to see our youth stay in residential treatment for 90 days as the statistics for success in the general population rise the longer one stays in treatment. 


Intensive outpatient program & Structured sober living

             Upon successful completion of the inpatient component, our youth continue treatment in structured sober living and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). A structured sober living program differs from traditional sober living as there is a 24 hour house manager and programs offered by the facility to assist their clients in maintaining sobriety. These programs can include nutrition, fitness, financial responsibility, stress and anger management, as well as others. Engagement in IOP provides continuation of individual and group counseling, as well as addiction recovery 


independent living

             Upon recovery stabilization, the youth move to independent living. This will either be a room rented in a private home, or a house or an apartment shared with other individuals actively engaged in sobriety. YLR assists with the first and last month's rent and security deposit. The youth will choose from four options as part of their reintegration into society:

(A) going (back) to college; 

(B) attending a vocational program;

(C) participating in job training through one of our partner programs; and/or

(D) obtaining a living wage job, working with one of our partner job placement services, or getting hired by one of our partner apprentice employers.

             Even after financial stability, where the youth is paying 100% of their living expenses, we maintain a relationship so that if things should go sideways, we are there to help.