Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)

: 143 East 19th Street, Minneapolis, MN  

DAYS/HOURS: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays

PARTICIPANTS: Children and adolescents ages 11-17

FEES: Funding for participant placement is typically received through county social services or private medical insurance.

Referral Contact: Emily Stolarski
Phone: 612-278-4221
Fax: 888-965-5129

Program Director: Erin Hoffman
Phone: 612-278-4231
Fax: 888-965-5129

Director: Terry Thompson
Phone: 612-870-4300
Fax: 888-965-5129

Children’s Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) provides intensive residential treatment, in a secure setting, for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents who suffer primary psychiatric challenges such as mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, self-destructive behaviors, eating disorders, and thought/dissociative disorders.  Average length of stay is typically between 9 and 8 months.

The Children’s Residential Treatment Center professional staff assures close supervision and ample opportunity for the ongoing development of therapeutic relationships.  Participants receive comprehensive care including:

  • Milieu Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Psychiatric Consultation and Medication Management
  • Educational and Recreational Programming
  • Aftercare


We believe that therapeutic work with children and adolescents best occurs through the development of individualized treatment programs which are administered in a caring and supportive environment.  CRTC uses intensive psychotherapies and cognitive and emotional skill building to assist each participant in developing the skills required to relate constructively to his/her environment.  Through program participation, children learn to change dysfunctional patterns of behavior, interaction, and communication in order to lead successful lives in their homes and community.  The participant’s family is an essential part of successful treatment and must take an active role in the therapy process.


Adolescents admitted to the Center often have long-standing problems that remain unresolved despite previous attempts at remediation.  These adolescents have often displayed a wide variety of diverse symptomatology including depression, suicide attempts/gestures, anxiety, self-destructive behaviors, psychosis, eating disturbance, truancy, running away, school phobia, lying, and extreme negativism.  Some adolescents are struggling with serious emotional problems that have developed into patterns of life-threatening or high-risk behaviors that require intensive intervention in a contained and highly structured environment.  Some adolescents are experiencing serious psychiatric disturbances and are in need of intensive medical intervention in the form of psychotropic medication and/or ongoing psychiatric monitoring and consultation.  Others still, have long-standing relationship problems or have been unable to negotiate basic developmental stages and need long-term relationship-based treatment to remediate.


Milieu therapy is a 24 hour daily, therapeutic living environment facilitated by Residential Counselor staff.  Milieu therapy is focused on providing planned structure, support, routine and a "therapeutic culture" to allow for improved daily living skills, coping skills, and interpersonal relationship skills.  Trust, safety, and respect are core components of the program's philosophy.


Family therapy is provided on a weekly basis by Master’s level clinicians.  The family is an essential part of successful treatment and a critical factor in the long term success of children after they leave our program.  Families are expected to take an active role in the treatment process.  The goal of family therapy is to assist the family in developing improved communication and problem solving skills and to learn to more effectively understanding and meet their child’s unique emotional needs.  In addition, families have the opportunity to participate in parent education and support groups.


Individual therapy is provided to all clients on a twice weekly basis by Master’s level clinicians.  Intensive individual therapy is a significant component of the treatment program at Children's Residential Treatment Center.  The goal of individual therapy is to assist the child in developing an improved understanding of their emotional and mental health problems, to process and work through past difficulties and traumas, and to develop skills in effectively communicating their needs and feelings, problem solving, and coping with their emotional and mental health needs.  The Individual Therapists coordinate and consult with the Treatment Team so to compliment work being done in other areas of the program.  Clients also have many opportunities for informal counseling interactions with Residential Counselor staff, which serve to enhance the overall therapeutic focus of the program.


Group Therapy is provided to all clients on a twice per week basis.  Groups are led or supervised by Master’s level clinicians and staff.  Individuals are assigned to groups based upon their developmental level and clinical need.  Group Therapy is ongoing and both dynamically and skill oriented.  The content of the group is largely determined by the issues of its members and often involve relationships, parenting and caretaking, self-esteem, sexuality, and other normal adolescent or treatment issues.  All clients also participate in Community Meetings, which are process and skills groups that occur on the living units two times each day.  These meetings are 45-60 minutes in length and are led by Residential Counselors.  The meetings provide clients an opportunity to discuss issues related to unit functioning, rules, emotional regulation, self-soothing, and interpersonal relationships. Topics include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, Social Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Conflict Resolution Skills, Relaxation Skills, Independent Living Skills, Gender-Specific Issues, Sexual Health, Chemical Health and Self-Esteem.


All clients see a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist as part of the initial evaluation process and on an ongoing basis.  Frequency of ongoing psychiatric contact depends on each client’s specific needs.  Clients are seen minimally on a monthly basis and can be seen as frequently as weekly if indicated.  While most clients at Children's Residential Treatment Center take psychoactive medications, our goal is to have clients take the lowest doses of psychoactive medications necessary to effectively treat their mental health conditions.