Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment

Offering hope for youth and families dealing with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.

Through comprehensive services including residential treatment, special education, and community-based services, Cunningham transforms lives by helping each youth reach their individual potential.

Main Campus Programs: serve up to 30 youth ages 9 to 17 at the Residential Treatment Center. These units offer the highest level of restricted care, however doors are not locked and youth may earn independent time and other privileges. The Residential Treatment Center houses boys ages 9-17.

The Girls Group Home and Kendall Gill Boys Group Home provide a community-based intervention approach to up to 16 youth ages 15 1/2 to 18. The Group Homes are a less restrictive residential environment, while still offering 24 hour staff support youth begin developing skills needed for independence. 


A treatment team includes a clinically licensed associate director, case manager, a Masters level therapist, a milieu coordinator, and milieu counselors who are available to clients around the clock. Staff receives support from Registered Nurses who monitor the healthcare needs of each child as well as dispense medications as appropriate. 

What is a Milieu?

A therapeutic living environment where treatment is received all day, every day as youth go through routines of daily living. Every interaction becomes a learning experience and opportunity for therapy. 

Milieu treatment is a team-based approach and the staff are integral parts of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The team works in collaboration with the youth to promote progress in therapeutic healing. 

Types of Therapy Services

  • Milieu Therapy: Around-the-clock opportunities for growth and learning in a therapeutic living environment.
  • Individual therapy: Individual therapy focused on growth and healing for youth with developmental, mental health, or trauma-related issues. 
  • Family therapy: Provides family healing when the family and the child or youth are ready.
  • Group therapy and education: Anger Management, Emotional Regulation and Coping, Sex Education (appropriate boundaries and social interaction), Sexual Reactivity Issues, Teen Relationships, Physical and Sexual Abuse Recovery, Adaptive and Independent Living Skills and Recreation therapy (music, sports, swimming).