Residential Treatment Center (RTC)

A licensed 24-hour facility (although not licensed as a hospital), which offers mental health treatment. The period of treatment at RTCs can range from brief placements of a few weeks to longer-term treatment of several months. The type of treatment provided at an RTC can vary greatly. The more common treatments include individual psychotherapy, psychoeducation (e.g., educating the youth and family about his or her MHN and about treatment options), behavioral management, group therapies, medication management, and peer-cultural therapies. Settings for RTCs can range from formal or structured environments that resemble psychiatric hospitals to those that are more like group homes or halfway houses.

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