Youth Residential FAQs

  • How about physical activity?

    Physical exercise is an integral part of our treatment approach. The De Paul Youth & Family Center has a gym that provides an opportunity to improve fitness and strength under supervision from the staff. Every week we offer the “sport of the week” to build fitness and self-esteem while encouraging pro-social behavior and teamwork. Other outings may include hikes, movies, and cultural and sporting events. All outings are supervised by staff.

  • Tell me more about the alternative school.

    While in residential treatment clients attend our alternative high school which is accredited through Portland Public Schools. For those who choose not to work towards traditional high school credits we offer GED preparation and facilitate testing. If a client has already earned a GED or Diploma they can work on getting into/taking college course or another independent project. Our clients spend 4 hours per day in school in addition to treatment groups, individual sessions, family sessions, community activities and recreational activities.

  • Can you accommodate adolescents with mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, PTSD, anxiety etc.?

    On our staff we have a nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide health and mental health services. They are able to complete psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medications if necessary.

  • Who is the primary person responsible for my child?

    Each client is assigned a primary counselor and a family counselor with whom they meet weekly for therapy sessions. These counselors are also the primary contacts for families and referents once clients are enrolled in our program.

  • Will my child have passes to come home?

    As a client transitions out of the residential level of care they may be eligible for one 4-6 hour pass. Eligibility requirements include completion of all treatment work, academic work, family treatment plans, and compliance with De Paul rules.

  • Can I call and visit my child while she/he is in residential treatment?

    Yes, there are twice a week visitation and family time and there are hours established for calls with family members. Clients are not allowed to have a cell phone in treatment.

  • Are the adolescents supervised during their residential stay?

    Clients have 24 hour supervision. There is never a time when staff is not available.

    Our program is very structured with the clients waking up every week day at 6:30 and having full days including groups, school, individual and family sessions, and outside activities until they go to sleep at 9:30/10:00 every night.

  • Is your facility secure?

    Our residential building and dorm is a secured facility, however the entire campus is not locked down. When clients meet behavioral expectations and milestones they can earn privileges to pass to other non-locked areas of the campus, including school and work out facilites. This provides safety as well as an environment that allows for clients to grow, aspire and participate in reaching their goals in recovery.

  • What is the cost of residential program?

    For clients and families with insurance the benefits vary immensely. Call us at 503-535-1151 and we will help you figure out your benefits, co-pays and deductibles. We are contracted with most insurance companies that provide coverage in Oregon.

    For self-pay clients, residential treatment costs $350 per day for 30 days.

    For families with youth on the Oregon Health Plan, treatment is covered by the Coordinated Care Organizations. Call us at 503-535-1151 to schedule an assessment.

  • How long is the residential program?

    Residential lengths of stay vary. Factors depend on the client’s needs, insurance and continuity of care. Residential treatment is a time for stabilization, and the ultimate goal is to continue the treatment in outpatient, where the client is back in the “real world” and gets to practice the skills acquired during treatment.