Setting: United States, exactly where can be adjusted
Searches already made: I've looked through the psychology and psychiatry tag, done google searches for "residential treatment center," with and without "adolescent" attached. I've also looked through the NIMH website and Wikipedia.
My story takes place in a mental health residential treatment center for adolescents. An example of the kind of place I'm thinking about is Devereux Cleo Wallace in Colorado. I'm looking to write something that deals with what everyday daily life is like.
Unfortunately, while there seems to be a far amount of information out there about psychiatric wards in hospitals, I can't find much about residential treatment centers--the kind of place you might go after you leave the hospital and aren't in crisis anymore, but still aren't ready live at home. I'm able to get some information from the many sites for therapeutic boarding schools, but my center is one that deals with a broader range of mental health issues. The age range of my center's clients will be from 12-21, so there will be a school on site.
The residential treatment center I want to write about will be a good place, with caring staff. I'd like to give the clients a fair amount of freedom. What kind of restrictions might the most restrictive places have? How about least restrictive?
I'm looking for any firsthand or otherwise knowledgeable accounts of what daily life is in a place like that. What is the schedule like? What were you surprised by? Was there more or less freedom than you expected? HOw did you feel you were treated by the doctors/nurses/therapists?
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I'd really love to hear any stories or tidbits of information you have, especially anything you are/were surprised by. I've also looked through several mental health forums, but I'd love any recomendations for any that discuss residential treatment centers.