Multi-Track Treatment

Crisis Track

Crisis stabilization for young people ages 6 to 15 generally lasts between 2 and 10 days.

  • ARCC staff participates as members of the treatment team before, during, and after a child's stay
  • The stabilization team provides home, resident, and providers with a "Tool Box" to assist in the use of special sensory tools while also helping to stabilize the child's home environment and remain as a link in the continuum of care.
  • A therapist will provide a written report with recommendations, testing needs and in home assessments (as appropriate).
  • Complete assessment and recommendations will be provided along with any needed psychiatric follow-up.
  • Crisis staff is present 24-hours-a-day. Staff members are fully trained in crisis work, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and the therapeutic use of sensory tools.


Short-Term Track

This is for young people who need further assessment and treatment. Typical stays last from 30 to 60 days, which allows the treatment team to provide:

  • further stabilization
  • in-home support and treatment
  • needs assessment and further recommendations
  • psychiatric care (as needed)
  • facilitation of continued enrollment at the resident's home school (or tutoring and on-site schooling at the Brattleboro Retreat)


Residential Track

This type of service can range from 90 days to a year or more. In addition to services listed above, children in this track may also benefit from:

  • intensive family-based therapy (as well as training for potential foster parents)
  • weekly psychiatric care and assessment
  • educational and psychiatric testing (as needed)
  • specialized alternative school
  • group work on topics such as anger, trauma, and coping skills
  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with a trained therapist