Residential Treatment


KVC Missouri’s Residential Treatment program offers therapeutic services in a 24/7-supervised facility for children and teenagers with acute emotional and behavioral problems. Treatment is based on each child’s unique needs and uses a combination of therapeutic services, including individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric services, medical services and 24-hour supervision in a therapeutic milieu setting.

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Program Details

Families seeking a mental health diagnosis or treatment are often left to navigate a broken system on their own.

That’s why our approach to residential treatment is trauma-informed, strength-based, child- and family-focused, and stresses the importance of attachment and building healthy relationships.

Clinical Assessment

Upon admission, each child receives a thorough assessment, which gathers clinical information related to their history, current diagnosis, family history, current functioning and more. The staff then works to develop a treatment plan, including plans for discharge.

Clients may be referred for an advanced assessment with a clinician certified in the Neuroseguential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). NMT Metrics is a structured, evidence-based assessment of developmental history, history of adverse experiences, relational health, and current brain-mediated functioning. The information gathered generates a “functional brain map” that identifies areas of the brain that appear to have functional or developmental problems. The treatment plan includes specific recommendations for an individualized intervention, enrichment and education plan that best meets the client’s unique needs.

Psychiatric Services

Thorough initial psychiatric assessments are completed using all relevant DSM-V criteria. Psychiatrists also are available for regular consultation with parents, therapists and case managers to provide medication checks and crisis assessments.

Therapy Services

Master-level therapists provide individual, group and family therapy on a weekly basis, with therapists/case managers acting as the central contact for family and internal communication, and with all external stakeholders.

Family therapy is a critical component of this program and is provided in person, if possible, at least weekly by a master-level therapist. Additional family engagement and treatment also may be supported via video, phone and other communication methods depending on location and family availability.

Group therapy is provided multiple times each week by master-level therapists. Individual psychotherapy is provided weekly by a master-level therapist, plus substance abuse education and therapy, if required by diagnosis. Additional therapeutic milieu processes and skill building groups are provided multiple times each day.

Respite care provides lodging, food and 24-hour supervision by highly trained staff, state-of-the-art security and monitoring systems, crisis intervention, skills training, and structured and unstructured recreation activities. Process groups and skills training groups are facilitated regularly in the milieu and focus on emotional regulation, social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, problem solving and self-esteem building. Outdoor experiential learning is an important part of our therapeutic intervention and our milieu programming.

Education Services

KVC Missouri’s educational services are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Instruction is provided by highly qualified special education teachers trained in social skills, anger management and conflict resolution. All classrooms are facilitated by teacher/paraprofessional teams. Structured recreational and other therapeutic services are provided throughout day. Depending on program and current need, some children attend education programming in the cottages, while some are able to attend public schools in the community.

Specialized treatment programming, such as substance abuse education and therapy, self-injury treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy are offered on all KVC Missouri residential campuses.

For more information on our mental health services or support programs, contact KVC Missouri at 1-844-424-3577.


The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Department of Social Services – Missouri Children’s Division
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Missouri Department of Social Services – Division of Youth Services
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Missouri Alliance for Children and Families
United Way of Greater St. Louis