Admissions Criteria

Adolescents between the ages of 13-17 years old with an IQ of 70 or above with a primary mental health and/or substance abuse diagnosis.  Village Behavioral Health works with most private insurance plans as well as TennCare and North Carolina Medicaid.  Village Behavioral Health will work with your insurance plan to maximize benefits that are available.

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Admission Criteria

Residential Treatment at Village Behavioral Health is right for young adults who require more intensive treatment than is available from outpatient visits, but are not in the acute phase of a psychiatric illness which would require inpatient hospitalization.

Residential treatment is a “mid-step” between outpatient and inpatient treatment that is ideal for young persons with persistent psychiatric and/or emotional problems who are having difficulty functioning in their home or school environments.

Patients who are not appropriate for admission to Village Behavioral Health will be given referrals to other facilities which can better meet their needs.

Referrals to Village Behavioral Health may be made by inpatient facilities, MDs or other medical professionals, private practitioners, case managers, court service workers, social workers, school counselors and teachers, or concerned family members.

Typically a patient who meets the following criteria would benefit from Residential Treatment at Village Behavioral Health:

  • Has a DSM IV diagnosis with supporting evidence of severe and persistent symptoms
  • Is displaying disturbances in psychological functioning
  • Is engaging in persistent patterns of disruptive behavior
  • Is displaying disturbances in age-appropriate, adaptive functioning and social problem solving
  • Condition necessitates a 24-hour supervised setting due to risk of harm to self/others or de-compensation, but does not require continuous medical supervision, i.e. is not actively psychotic or severely disorganized, is not in an unstable medical condition which requires intensive medical management, is not actively homicidal or suicidal
  • Less restrictive setting would not provide enough stability, security, and/or structure for adequate treatment
  • Has cognitive capacity to actively participate in the therapeutic program provided at The Village. (Full scale IQ is greater than 70. Does not have primary diagnosis of mental retardation and/or developmental delays without psychiatric overlay or complications.)
  • Behaviors do not indicate requirement of private room accommodations
  • Does not have a severe organic brain disorder
  • Is not in need of chemical detoxification or intensive medical treatment due to chemical dependency
  • Current Residential milieu is appropriate and able to adequately manage resident’s behaviors and functioning level

Village Behavioral Health is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Magellan Health Services, Value Options, Cigna, Mental Health Associates, Coventry, Prime Health Services and a Medicaid provider for Tennessee, North Carolina, and Washington, DC.

Referral information is received and reviewed by the Admissions office. A pre-placement interview may be conducted either telephonically or in person to obtain additional information regarding the client’s needs and to provide the client and family with information about The Village Program. Consideration for Residential Treatment is aided by the following documents:

  • Psychological evaluation/ testing
  • Social history
  • IEP/ Educational reports
  • Most recent physical exam
  • Other relevant clinical reports from past providers or treatment facilities

The Admissions staff is available to answer your questions, assist with referrals, and provide specific information on Village Behavioral Health’s programs and services. Village Behavioral Health staff can be contacted in the following ways: