Our Residential Programs

We provide residential services for youth eligible for ERHMS (Educationally Related Mental Health Services) or Private Placement.

Your Own Room

Each student has their own room to provide space to regroup and reflect. Students are free to appropriately decorate their rooms in a style that makes their space feel like their own. Beds must be made every morning and the room must be kept clean.

Learning these habits can be new for some teens, so we help our students rise to a standard of cleanliness that can help develop self-esteem and self-efficacy.


Most meals at Journey Academy are planned and prepared in the home by students and residential staff using locally-sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. Students are provided lunch at Journey High School during the week, which are planned and prepared by our Culinary Specialist. 

In the home, students are expected to participate in meal preparation and clean-up as part of a daily contribution to the Journey Academy community.


Each youth is responsible for a household chore which rotates each week. Youth are responsible each day for the cleanliness of their room and a shared bathroom.


We communicate expectations during the interview and admission process. Once enrolled, we review expectations, monitor progress on a daily basis, give feedback, and celebrate wins. Privileges are earned and include such things as additional screen time and special outings with other youth and residential staff.


Youth have their own rooms that come fully furnished with a bed, dresser, and desk. Youth are encouraged to decorate their rooms that represents themselves and make them feel at “home.”

Absolutely! We love music in our program and understand it’s a great coping skill. We just ask that music be respectful and appropriate.

We do family style meals at lunch and dinner. Youth can have a say in what is on the menu and even help with cooking and shopping. We love it when youth share their favorite recipes with us! Personal snacks and treats are welcome. If you have a special diet or food preference, we’re happy to accommodate.

There are a variety of 10 different chores that include; cleaning the living room, washing dinner dishes, mopping/sweeping, basic household chores. Students get an allowance and extra privileges by doing chores.

We have lots of support available! There are regular study hours built into the daily schedule and staff are available to help if you get stuck on an assignment.

Unfortunately, you cannot have a car on campus. However, if you’re hoping to drive, you can work with your family to iron out driving privileges while on home passes. If you don’t have a car yet, but would like to work towards getting your license, we can help you reach this goal.

Yes! Plenty of youth have jobs while in program. We’ll help you write your resume, prepare for your interview, and maintain a work life balance. Of course, getting a job is a privilege and contingent on safety and progress in treatment.

You cannot have your phone, or other wifi accessible device, when you first get here, however phone access is something you can earn. We work as a team to review when the time is right for you.

Yes, definitely. However, we start with on-site visits, then progress to off-site visits, and then start home passes.

Yes! We love to go on fun outings. Students often elect activities they’d like to participate in. Recent outings have included trips to Six Flags, the movies, laser tag, the beach, hikes, day trips to San Francisco, and exploring local community events. However, as with everything, decisions about involvement in outings comes down to safety and level of participation in treatment.