Before a child or teen can be treated, their needs should first be properly assessed. Children’s Hope Alliance has created a PRTF Diversion and Assessment program, this specialized facility is offered in one location.

Program Highlights:

  • this facility is located in Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides an intensely structured, safe and secure (staff secure/locked) therapeutic environment with a constant line-of-sight supervision
  • serves ages 10-18 and has a co-ed capacity of 8 children and teens
  • Medicaid eligible, typically multi-system involved youth, requiring diversion from a hospital ER, may have an abrupt placement disruption for severe behaviors/symptoms, and are showing substantial case complexity
  • provides comprehensive assessment (medical, psychiatric, psychological, educational, and specialized – sexual harm and trauma) using standardized tools to determine treatment needs and placement recommendations
  • program includes crisis stabilization, medication evaluation and management, 24-hour nursing services, daily therapy/licensed practitioner and qualified professional interventions and interactions, aftercare/discharge planning, referral, and placement services.


Other than hospitalization, a PRTF is the highest level of care a troubled child can receive. Youth at this level need around-the-clock care from our staff and are generally at risk of hurting themselves or others. Children’s Hope Alliance offers PRTFs in two locations.

Program Highlights:

  • these facilities are located in Banner Elk, NC and Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides an intensely structured therapeutic environment with a constant line-of-sight supervision
  • co-ed capacity of 18 with 6-8 children and teens in each group home
  • Medicaid eligible, serves ages 13-18
  • homes specialize in treatment for sexual harm; advanced behavioral and psychiatric complexity; intense frequency and duration of problem behaviors; acute skill deficits in multiple life domains; frequent crisis stabilization and explosive behavior management; history of treatment resistance

Independent Living Program

“Aging out” is a term used to describe what happens to teens in residential or foster care who reach their 18th birthdays without having a permanent home. They do not have family support, and oftentimes lack the skills to be successful young adults. Stand By Me, our independent living program helps prepare these teens for a successful future. Children’s Hope Alliance offers support and living arrangements to these teens across the state.

Program Highlights:

  • apartments are located in Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • two-bedroom apartments are provided for young adults who have demonstrated an ability to live in a supervised independent living environment
  • an average stay of up to 9-12 months
  • capacity of 10 teens with 2 tenants in each of our 5 apartments
  • serves ages 17-21, however, 16-year-olds are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Social Services
  • life-skill building is also offered in other services across the state
  • provides independent living skills provided by trained staff, who are located on-site 24 hours per day in a separate apartment that provide assistance with housing, educational and career challenges

For further information, call 1-800-395-2591.