Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)

Resource Treatment Center, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a leading psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) for adolescents and young adults ages 11-20 who are facing a range of mental health challenges. Residents live on campus and participate in daily therapeutic activities and on-site schooling while taking steps to improve their lives.  

Who We Serve

At Resource, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective care to help guide adolescents and young adults toward lifelong wellness. Our psychiatric residential treatment program may be ideal for young people who have a history of acute inpatient hospitalizations, have been unsuccessful in previous home placements, and require more structured care than what is offered in traditional outpatient programs. Many of our residents have experienced neglect, abuse, and traumatic events. They also may have faced emotional and educational difficulties and had interactions with law enforcement. 

We provide residential treatment for adolescents and young adults who are suffering from the following behavioral health concerns:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) 
  • Reactive attachment disorder 
  • Self-harming behaviors 
  • Suicidal ideation  

We provide psychiatric treatment in two gender-specific units on our Indianapolis, Indiana, campus. Our Hope and Unity unit houses male residents, and our Reach unit houses female residents. The typical length of stay at our PRTF is six to nine months, but each resident’s progress and unique needs determine their actual length of stay. Throughout their time in treatment, residents work closely with highly qualified staff to make strides toward stabilization and healing. 

Four-Phase Treatment Model

At Resource Treatment Center, we believe that effective treatment considers a resident’s unique background, current circumstances, and goals for the future. Each resident receives a customized care plan that outlines the specific services they will receive while in our care. Treatment at our PRTF includes the following four distinct treatment phases: 

  • Identify: During this phase, residents work with staff members to learn more about why they need treatment.  
  • Connect: Next, residents begin to learn new skills, such as emotion regulation, coping skills, and how to develop healthy relationships.  
  • Demonstrate: After residents learn tools for managing their symptoms, they have opportunities to put these skills into practice with their peers. 
  • Contribute: During this final phase, residents can utilize the skills they have learned in treatment and participate in prosocial activities, such as community volunteering. 

Our helpful and qualified staff is committed to treating adolescents and young adults with compassion and understanding throughout their time in our care. 

Comprehensive Treatment

At Resource, we consider the needs and strengths of all residents and encourage them to play an active role in their treatment. Residents can take part in weekly individual therapy sessions, biweekly family therapy sessions, and daily group therapy sessions. All sessions are facilitated by trained therapists who utilize evidence-based treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. In therapy, residents can explore relevant topics pertaining to mental health, learn healthy coping skills, and grow alongside their peers in a supportive environment.  

In therapy sessions, therapists focus on helping residents achieve their goals and find healing for behavioral and emotional concerns. To provide a well-rounded treatment experience for our residents, we also offer various experiential therapies. Examples of these experiential therapies include gym time, student council, youth group ministry, and supervised community outings. 

Residents meet with a member of our medical staff during the first month of treatment and again as needed. We are equipped to provide residents with basic first aid, bloodwork, dental care, and X-rays. Within the first week of treatment, residents meet with our nursing staff for medication management services. They continue to meet with our nursing staff on a monthly basis throughout the remainder of their stay. 

Educational Support

We are dedicated to ensuring that every resident in our care receives the educational support they need to thrive during their stay with us. Residents at our PRTF can benefit from our on-site school, which holds full accreditation from the Indianapolis Public School System. 

In this educational program, qualified special education teachers instruct students in a traditional classroom setting for a minimum of three hours each day. This gives them the opportunity to earn academic credits while receiving therapeutic support and prevents them from falling behind in their studies. We also offer educational support for residents who are preparing to take the GED. 

Benefits of Psychiatric Residential Treatment

Our psychiatric residential treatment facility provides intensive, structured, and specialized care for adolescents and young adults who have mental health concerns. Features and benefits of our PRTF include: 

  • 24/7 supervision and support: Adolescents and young adults at our PRTF can benefit from receiving therapeutic services in a safe and secure residential setting. We offer round-the-clock supervision by trained mental health professionals so that residents have access to support whenever they need it.  
  • Therapeutic environment: Our PRTF provides a warm and welcoming environment where adolescents and young adults can focus on their mental health without the distractions and stresses of daily life.  
  • Comprehensive assessment: Before treatment begins, residents undergo a comprehensive assessment so that we can develop a customized treatment plan for them.  
  • Mental health education: Residents receive education about mental health disorders and can learn coping skills, emotion regulation techniques, problem-solving strategies, and life skills that can help them manage their symptoms effectively. 
  • Socialization: Through group therapy sessions and communal living environments, residents can connect with their peers who are facing similar challenges. This offers young people valuable opportunities for socialization and community. 
  • Family involvement: Residents at our PRTF can engage in family therapy sessions once every two weeks. These sessions are facilitated by therapists and can help improve family dynamics and communication, which can be critical for a young person’s long-term healing. 
  • Crisis intervention: At our PRTF, staff is equipped to handle crisis situations and provide immediate intervention if a resident experiences acute mental health symptoms or emotional distress during their time with us. 
  • Discharge planning: We can make referrals to outpatient care providers and assist families with finding resources for aftercare.  

By participating in our psychiatric residential treatment program, young people can stabilize and improve their mental health. At Resource, we strive to help adolescents and young adults develop the skills and resilience needed to lead fulfilling lives. 

Our Staff

At Resource Treatment Center, our multidisciplinary team is made up of behavioral health and medical professionals who are specially trained in caring for the unique developmental and emotional needs of adolescents and young adults. Residents may work with the following mental health professionals: 

  • Licensed clinical social workers 
  • Licensed clinical mental health counselors 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners 
  • Behavioral health associates 

Our PRTF is staffed by a diverse range of medical clinicians. Throughout their time in our care, residents can receive 24/7 nursing care, psychiatric evaluations, medication reviews, physicals, dental care, and eye care. The professionals who deliver these services may include: 

  • Registered nurses 
  • Licensed practical nurses 
  • Medical doctor 
  • Eye doctor 
  • Dentist 


Resource Treatment Center offers a streamlined admissions process so that adolescents and young adults can receive the mental health treatment they need in a timely manner. To begin the admissions process, we encourage prospective residents, family members, and referral sources to reach out to our facility directly. Our admissions staff is available Monday-Friday to take your call and answer any questions you may have about our psychiatric residential treatment program. If we determine that residential treatment is appropriate, we will schedule an assessment. 

During the assessment, our admissions staff will ask the prospective resident questions about previous psychiatric hospitalizations or treatment, their medical history, diagnostic tests that have been completed, their current symptoms, their goals for treatment, and their discharge needs. This information will inform the creation of their individualized care plan. This care plan outlines the services the resident can expect to receive during their time with us.  

Once an adolescent or young adult completes their stay at our PRTF, we provide them with a detailed discharge plan. Discharge plans may include referrals to intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization programs, traditional outpatient therapy, and addiction groups. We proudly work with the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) to provide residents with the therapeutic services they need as they progress on their journeys toward healing and personal growth. 

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Resource Treatment Center.  

I always felt so misunderstood, but at Resource it was like someone finally took the time to get to know me. That made a huge difference. This place helped me so much.