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Clinical interventions for individuals with mental, developmental, and/or social difficulties are typically implemented within a community-based setting (e.g., traditional outpatient therapy), where less restrictive approaches are preferred depending on an individual’s presenting problems. However, when the treating practitioner has considered less restrictive resources and determined that they are not appropriate to meet an individual’s behavioral needs and presenting level of risk, it might be necessary for a child, adolescent, or adult to receive treatment in a residential treatment center (RTC). RTCs are specifically designed for individuals in need of 24-hour, out-of-home services. They are designed to provide the resources needed to meet an individual’s clinical, social, and educational goals. Depending on the specific program, RTCs offer a range of services for children, adolescents, and ...

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