Get Your Daughter Back

Creating Lasting Change through Residential Treatment

Parenting any teenager or pre-teen can be a challenge. Parenting a troubled teen who battles with depression, self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse, an eating disorder, oppositional defiance, ADHD, sexual addictions, adoption issues, or suicidal ideation can be infinitely more difficult and challenging.

Yet, because everyone is unique, getting this young person life-changing help from an appropriate adolescent residential treatment program can be one of the single most important decisions a parent can make.  Recognizing a compelling need for a program that is designed to help and meet the needs of individuals, in 2001 we at CERTS began building the leading network of specialized residential behavioral treatment centers for adolescents struggling with mental health and behavioral issues  in the United States.

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residential behavioral treatment centers for adolescents

Every teenager is unique. In a treatment setting, what works for one teen may not work for another. For this reason, the CERTS family of schools and programs offer a variety of programs to better ensure a solution tailored to the needs of each individual student and is a leading provider of specialized adolescent residential treatment.

If you would like immediate help in choosing the best option for your teen, please call 888-406-5968 to speak with the CERTS Admissions Director.

CERTS residential treatment centers

Certified Educational, Recreational, Therapeutic Schools and Programs (CERTS) have been widely recognized as a leading provider of specialized residential treatment centers for adolescents in the United States. A specialized program works specifically with one type of individual, meeting their unique clinical needs while also working with them in ways that they understand best.

our approach

We believe that providing specialized juvenile residential treatment improves results in a shorter period of time. Everyone has interests and skills that when used properly, can improve the treatment process. These interests are also often means of releasing intense emotion and an outlet of self-expression.

We provided lasting change at the CERTS Group.

our mission

Our mission is to create leading adolescent treatment programs through relentlessly asking the right questions, where a climate of growth and personal development inspires positive change and the desire to live true principles in our students, their families and our staff.

about our programs

“All of these programs are smaller and home like, because we believe individualized attention and smaller caseloads in a setting that feels like home make a critical difference in reaching our girl.”

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Every aspect of a CERTS program is designed to reach our girl more rapidly and to help her heal as completely as is possible. Why? Because WE SEE HER AS THE PERSON SHE IS, and NOT just someone who has to conform to the program.

At its core, our deepest value has always been honoring the greatness within each of our girls. That is why we are small (never bigger than 36 students), why we are loving and nurturing, and most of all, why we are so specialized.


We are passionate about education at CERTS. The youth treatment arena has historically underemphasized the role of education. The thought process has been, “Right now we are more concerned with just getting them well. We will worry about the academics later.”
We have always disagreed, and we have put our money where our mouth is. Our girls are often bright, capable, and keenly aware of their academic performance (good or bad).


The girls we serve are people, not diagnoses. Our girls may come in with issues like depression, bipolar, learning disabilities, or an eating disorder, for example, but they are far more complex than the clinical descriptions used to help diagnose them. Indeed, the differences between each of our girls, who often look similar clinically on paper, can be real and profound. Their unique talents and interest, how they think and process information, and their life experience makes each of them markedly different.