Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program


Safe and Nurturing Homes:

CYS provides three 6-bed therapeutic residential programs located on a 7 acre campus in Hollister, CA.  Through our services, CYS aims to improve the lives of our youth, their families and their communities by ameliorating mental health symptoms, healing trauma, repairing and developing relationships, mastering social and life skills, achieving academic success and setting a course for healthy, happy and meaningful lives.


Services Offered:


  • Therapeutic Milieu Services: Behavior coaching and skill building, recreation, community outings, rehabilitative groups, educational support, transportation support, parent and family integration, and wellness activities.
  • Clinical Services: Assessment, plan development, individual, family and group therapy, targeted case management, crisis intervention, collateral, intensive care coordination, and medication support.
  • Permanency Services: Family re-connection coaching, step-down planning, resource mapping.

Eligibility of Referrals

The CYS intake department evaluates the eligibility of STRTP referrals by use of the following criteria:

  • The child does not require inpatient care in a licensed health facility and has been assessed pursuant to Section 11462.01 of the Welfare and Institutions Code as meeting the applicable criteria for placement in a short-term residential therapeutic program as specified in Health and Safety Code section 1502.4.
  • The child has a primary mental health diagnosis
  • The child has full-scope Medi-Cal (as appropriate)
  • A school-district placed child’s education needs can be met by the CYS Non-public School (NPS), an alternative NPS, the local school district, or a charter school.


Youth who are not eligible for admission and treatment include but may not be limited to the following:

  • A youth who requires intensive medical and nursing supervision and who needs to be treated in a medical setting.
  • A youth who has taken drugs in excessive amounts must be evaluated medically and if intensive observation and supervision is necessary.
  • A youth who is severely developmentally disabled.
  • A youth who is severely physically disabled.
  • Non-Minor Dependents.
  • Youth who are non-ambulatory.
  • A youth who is a sophisticated delinquent, i.e. significant drug use/dependency, recent CSEC recruitment, recent or currently prostituting, probation, gang participation, etc.
  • A youth who has a significant history of fire-starting or sexually assaultive behaviors.


Referral Sources

The CYS Intake Department receives referrals from the following agencies through phone calls, faxes and encrypted email. Most agencies initiate contact with the intake department via phone, communicating directly with the CYS intake coordinator(s) to discuss their children’s needs and current CYS openings. CYS does not accept private referrals at this time.

  • Child Protective Services (CPS): The Department of Family and Health Services, placement workers submit referrals upon their County Behavioral Health Department and the assigned judge. These children must also been reviewed by the interagency placement committee (IPC) in their county and been certified as meeting criteria for STRTP placement
  • ERMHS: SELPAs, LEAs and School Directors submit referrals in collaboration with parent(s) or Guardian(s) and IEP Teams. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) need to identify CYS as the appropriate residential and educational setting. The IEP will also specify the mental health services necessary to support the student while at CYS.
  • Aid to Adopt: Adoptive Parent(s) or Guardian submits their child’s referral with funding-approval from Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) for residential care Adoptive Parent(s) or Guardian submits a certification from a mental health professional stating that the child meets criteria for emotional disturbance and placement in a STRTP and provide funding for mental health service reimbursement through private insurance or Medi-Cal through their county mental health plan (MHP).
  • County Behavioral Health Departments refer clients for mental health services when contracted with CYS.

To Learn More about our STRTP Services see eligibility criteria below, or please contact: