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In residential treatment centers, clients stay in the same facility where they receive treatment. Residential treatment typically takes place in a more home-like atmosphere compared to the more sterile atmosphere that occurs on inpatient, hospital-based units. This allows individuals to relax, socialize more, and develop schedules outside of their treatment programs.
Unfortunately, there is no formal standardized rating system or list that offers individuals contemplating residential treatment an easy resource to use to find an appropriate facility. Instead, individuals will have to search available facilities in their area within the parameters they are looking and attempt to find facilities that meet their needs. Using a checklist to rate each facility on the specific aspects of their program is the most efficient way to accomplish this task.
According to information from the books Residential Treatment of Adolescents: Integrative Principles and Practices and A Guide to Treatments That Work, this checklist should include the following:
Specific things to do when looking for a treatment facility include: