Do you have a child who needs residential treatment for autism, Intellectual Disability (ID), high functioning autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or Rett Syndrome? Here is a listing of residential care facilities in the United States that accept children with these conditions.
What is Residential Care for Children with Austim, ID, and Low Functioning?
Children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), high functioning autism, Intellectual Disability (ID, which is low IQ), Rett Syndrome, or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) because of their needs may need to live outside of the family home in a residential or group home setting.
While the goal for children and teens is to keep them in a community and home environment, at times this isn’t possible due to safety concerns or the intensity of their needs. This can be due to their primary diagnosis or due to a secondary diagnosis such as a mental health issue. Some children also have medical issues that need to be addressed.
A residential setting is one where a child receives 24 hour, 7 days a week care and supervision. While children may live on separate floors or in cottages, this type of care is within a facility.
A group home is often a smaller setting within a neighborhood or community. Children and youth in this situation typically require less strict supervision.
Group Homes for Autism, High Functioning Autism, and Community Supported Living
For adults with autism and Intellectual Disability (ID), moving into a group home or independent living can be an exciting time of transition. While this can be a time of mixed emotions, for many families this is a positive step of independence. For adults seeking group homes or residential care, check out this resource from Autism Speaks which includes a helpful Housing and Residential Supports Toolkit.
However, when a child needs to live outside the home environment, this is usually done because the behaviors are too much to handle in a family situation. This makes the process much more emotionally difficult.
If you are seeking residential care for your child, please know that you are not alone and it’s not because you have done anything wrong as a parent.
Funding for Residential Care for Children
How is residential treatment for autism and ID paid for? Funding for residential care programs may come from insurance, Medicaid, the local state or county Department of Mental or Behavior Health or Hygiene, or private sources such as from the family.
Click here for more details about how to pay for residential treatment for kids.
Finding Residential Treatment Near Me
Are you wondering where to find residential care that is near you? Contact your local county health department for referrals, ask your doctor or therapist, school district, or use our list below for resources.
Residential Treatment Centers in the United States for Children with Autism and Intellectual Delay
The Woods in Pennsylvania
The Woods program provides innovative, comprehensive and integrated health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health and case management services to more than 18,000 children and adults in the intellectual and developmental disability, child welfare, behavioral and brain trauma public health sectors who have complex and intensive medical and behavioral healthcare needs.
The Woods provides care for children and adults with Autism, Developmental Disability, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, Brain Injury, and Prader Willi and medical complexities.
Contact The Woods through their website or by calling 800-782-3646.
Benedictine (Ben’s) School in Maryland
The Benedictine School offers co-ed education and residential programs for students ages 5-21 with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and autism.
Each student’s unique needs are met with high staff to student ratios and a multidisciplinary approach using research-based methods and techniques.
Learn more about Ben’s School through their website or by calling (410) 634-2112.
Lakemary in Kansas
Lakemary Center is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, mental and behavioral health, and social services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They provide child and adult services include psychiatric residential treatment, K-12 accredited school, case management, outpatient therapy, specialized foster care, employment and volunteer opportunities, residential living assistance and business solutions.
Lakemary’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) provides 24/7 therapeutic treatment for children and young adults ages 6-21 with a dual diagnosis of an intellectual/developmental disability (such as Autism) and a psychiatric disorder.
Shorehaven in Maryland
Shorehaven is a 12-month, non-public special education residential and day school program for developmentally disabled children ages 6-21 years old.
Shorehaven accepts children with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities which include behavior disorders/oppositional behavior, self-injurious behavior, orthopedic and neurological impairment, and progressive medical diseases.
Find contact information for Shorehaven here or by calling (410) 398-9850.
Arrow Child and Family Ministries in Maryland and Texas
Arrow was founded in 1992 by a former foster child who grew up in a loving, Christian foster home. Their residential programs provide a safe, home-like place to evaluate, treat, and prepare abused or neglected children for a more permanent placement.
They also has an autism/ID program in Maryland.
Contact Arrow Ministries through their website or by calling (877) 922-7769.
Charterhouse School in Virginia
Charterhouse School is a place where Virginia’s kids with special needs can get out of their comfort zone and start to get out into the world. Charterhouse provides care for children with Autism and Other Neurological Differences, Emotional Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, and Other Health Impairments.
They serve both day students and students who live at the Child & Family Healing Center and attend year-round.
Contact Charterhouse School through their website or by calling 866.562.8637.
Hughes Education Center in Virginia
The Hughes Center offers specialized residential treatment services for males and females, ages 10–22, who have been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are experiencing significant social and behavioral difficulties within the home, school or community environments.
The Hughes Center provides educational services for residential students in a secure, youth-oriented environment. They offer accommodations and learning modifications for youth in their care, as well as individual support as needed.
Additionally, they provide community-based educational services for students in grades 5 through 12 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder.
Millcreek in Mississippi
Millcreek of Magee Treatment Center offers residential treatment and home-based programs for children & adolescents struggling with psychiatric and behavioral disorders. They provide specialized treatment programs for youth ages 6-21. Services include comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents who have intellectual disabilities, as well as care for those who have concerns that come with co-occurring psychiatric conditions.
Contact Millcreek through their website or by calling 866-532-5935.
Brightstone Transitions in Georgia
Brightstone is an individualized Young Adult Transitional Program located in Gainsville, Georgia. They are a community integrated, coaching and mentoring model offering support for neurodiverse young men and women ages 18-30.
Brightstone works with youth with a variety of diagnosis including ADHD, ADD, OCD (mild), NLD, LD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder Level and often have multiple diagnosis. Brightstone allows each client to gain and apply the necessary skills and social acuity in real time through an individualized, personal growth plan based on their level of need.
Contact Brightstone through their website or by calling 802-345-1983.
Aloft in Idaho
Aloft Transitions is a residential, life transition program for young adults ages 18 to 30 years old.
Aloft sets itself apart by providing low ratio, high intensity mentoring, and frequent clinical counseling. This is combined with extended opportunities for independent, young adult career and educational pursuits.
They are located outside of Boise, Idaho.
Contact Aloft through their website or by calling 208-365-8049.
Sunshine Community in Ohio
Sunshine Communities is a nonprofit organization located in northwest Ohio supporting people of all ages with developmental disabilities.
They provide residential, vocational, clinical, therapeutic, and recreational services. These services are offered in various locations including at their Maumee, Ohio campus and at homes within the community.
Sunshine individuals and staff operate Georgette’s Grounds and Gifts, a coffee shop and gift store. Sunshine Studios is an art studio space and gift store offering a work environment to individuals and classes to the community.
Contact Sunshine through their website or by calling 419-865-0251.
Springbrook Autism Program in South Carolina
Springbrook provides a behavioral health center with a well-developed program for the treatment of autism in children ages 5-21. Their therapy programs for autism rely on the latest findings and the most effective research methods, and their therapists and other staff members meet regularly to discuss the child’s specific progress, goals, and challenges.
Their program is tailored to the child with autism and goal-oriented, rather than for long-term care, and works with children across the Southeast including Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina and South Carolina.
Springbrook also offers an acute stabilization program for approximately 28-days and is specifically designed to reach all levels of functioning adolescents over the age of 10 with ASD and related developmental disorders who are exhibiting behaviors that interfere with their success at home and school.
Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in Michigan
Great Lakes Center for Autism provides an Intensive Residential Treatment Program that uses the principles of applied behavior analysis to help children with autism and those with other developmental disabilities reduce their unsafe behaviors.
Devereax Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country and serves clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
For individuals in need of 24-hour, out-of-home services, their residential treatment programs provide the resources needed to meet an individual’s treatment, social and educational goals.
Contact Devereax through their website or by calling 1-800-345-1292.
Discovery Ranch for Boys in Utah
Discovery Ranch may be a suitable placement for some male children ages 13-18 with high-functioning autism and behavioral challenges.
At the Discovery Ranch treatment program for troubled teens, boys enjoy the benefits of intensive therapy combined with powerfully effective experiential learning activities. Young men acquire the tools they need to recognize and regulate their emotions so that they can control their actions.
Contact Discovery Ranch through their website or by calling 855-662-9318.
Elk River Treatment Center in Alabama
Elk River specializes in treating adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Elk River Treatment Center provides care for boys and girls ages 12 – 18. Elk River Treatment Program has successfully helped hundreds of adolescents who were admitted with a diagnosis of “high functioning” autism, meaning they can read, write, and manage life skills without around-the-clock assistance. (At one time, Aspergers was the term used to identify high functioning autism.) Elk River Treatment Program is unable to serve children who have a lower functioning and/or non-verbal ASD diagnosis.
Anderson Center for Autism in New York
Anderson serves children 5-21 on a residential campus located two hours north of New York City. They also serve adults 21 and over in surrounding communities. Their goal is to optimize the quality of life for every child who receives care and services from their team of dedicated experts.
With these resources for residential care for a child with autism or ID, you will be able to find the appropriate placement where your child can grow, thrive, and live up to their potential.
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