Residential Treatment Services

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Natchez Trace Youth Academy is a CARF Accredited Residential Treatment Center licensed by Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Mental Health Residential Treatment for Children and Youth; by the Tennessee Department of Children Services as a Child Placing Agency (Foster Care); and by the Tennessee State Department of Education as a Category I School serving at risk males ages 12 – 17.  Natchez Trace Youth Academy offers a therapeutic and patient-centered approach to each resident.

This program is appropriate for:

  • Males, ages 12-17
  • Axis 1 clinical diagnosis of a mental disorder and will have been identified by a mental health professional as having at least moderate emotional and/or behavioral problems and in need of residential treatment
  • IQ > 70
  • Truancy
  • Physically and verbally aggressive
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic runaways
  • Poor impulse control
  • Oppositional/defiant
  • Sexual abusers who have completed intensive JSO Treatment (Tx)
  • Substance Abuse (non-acute)
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional/Defiant Disorder
  • Substance Abuse Counseling and Education

The Natchez Trace Youth Academy Team offers:

  • Positive Peer Culture Model
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapeutic Approach
  • Certified EMDR Therapists
  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • TSSAA Athletics Program (Basketball)
  • Holistic Program Approach
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Counseling / Specialty Therapeutic Groups
  • Individual Therapy / Family Therapy
  • AdvancEd Accredited School with both Special Education and HiSet (GED) components
  • Vocational Education Classes to include wood working, construction, auto mechanics, and job readiness
  • Independent Living Curriculum
  • Comprehensive, Individualized Therapeutic Program to meet the needs and abilities of the client and his family
  • Foster Care Services

The Residential Program has two components:

Needs Based Placement:  Utilizing a student’s behavioral health treatment history, diagnosis, behaviors, support systems, and permanency options to determine the appropriate clinical and programmatic approach to best meet his behavioral health needs.

  • NTYA Traditional Programming:  Structured activities, classroom education, therapeutic groups, behavioral health education and interventions designed for students benefiting from long term residential treatment (approximately 7 months or longer).
  • NTYA INSIGHT Programming:  Individual Needs and Symptomatology Identification Goal-oriented High-impact Treatment – Structured activities, classroom education, therapeutic groups, behavioral health education and interventions designed for students benefiting from short term residential treatment (approximately 3 months or longer).

Below are general criteria to assist in determining program assignment:

A. Indications for students most likely benefiting from the Traditional Program:

  1. Extensive history in institutionalized setting (greater than 1 year)
  2. History of escalating physical and verbal aggression
  3. History of using weapons
  4. More than 2 delinquent charges
  5. Identified gang involvement or activity
  6. Uncertain permanency goal(s)

B. Indications for students most likely benefiting from the INSIGHT Program:

  1. Limited exposure to inpatient or institutionalized settings
  2. Trauma related to abuse or neglect
  3. Physical and/or verbal aggression with primary caregivers
  4. Truancy and/or behavioral issues in school
  5. Limited delinquent charges (i.e. non-violent)
  6. Identified permanency goal(s)

Our Treatment Team consists of the following:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master Level Therapists
  • Clinical Director


Contact us today to learn more or to make a referral.