Adolescent Residential Care Program (RES)

Attention Homes’ Adolescent Residential Care program provides residential treatment to adolescents in crisis. We offer them emotional and behavioral support in a safe, structured, RCCF-licensed (Residential Child Care Facility) home-like setting.  We use a systems approach to improve family dynamics and relationships.  This program operates out of our Chase Court home.

Service Demographic

Services are provided to youth, ages 12-18, who are abused, neglected, troubled, delinquent, recovering, from families in crisis and/or are beyond the control of their parents. Residents are typically referred to us through social services departments or the court and juvenile systems.  Teens may be privately referred through their families.  Services are provided on a sliding scale fee structure based on income level and family size. 

Geographic Reach

Teens are primarily referred through Boulder County.  Our program also serves youth from the greater Denver Metro area and Front Range communities.

Evidence-based Practices

Our program’s design is based on best practices of successful youth residential care programs displaying the following characteristics: "family involvement, supervision and support by caring adults, a skill-focused curriculum, service coordination, development of individual plans, positive peer influence, building self-esteem, family-like atmosphere, and planning and support for post-program life" (Colorado State University Social Work Research Center).

Attention Homes' behavior change program, “Choices,” is a strength-based system of choices and consequences supported by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT teaches residents positive decision-making skills. CBT is an intervention of choice for many RCCFs and is also used to teach residents to better manage their emotions and resulting behavior.


Attention Homes incorporated outcomes measures into its program in 2006. Outcomes measured our client’s changes and our program’s effectiveness. The Adolescent Residential Care program is currently measuring outcomes in the areas of safety, behavioral change, substance recovery and life skills attainment.

Intake Information

Youth are typically referred to our program from county social service agencies. Referrals are also generated through parents, guardians, relatives, school counselors, the judicial system and police officers. Teens and families self-refer.  Private placement costs are available based on a sliding income scale daily rate.

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Program Tracts

Respite / Extended Care:
Teens develop an individual behavior plan, participate in group curriculum and learn how to regulate and stabilize their behavior and emotions through our behavioral level system.

Substance Abuse:
Youth practice skills to learn how to function sober in the larger community.  They participate in NA/AA, psycho-educational and life skills groups, and are helped finding part-time employment and important educational opportunities.

Transitional Living:
Teens may stay up to several months before moving on to a safe and appropriate long-term placement. While at Attention Homes they learn independent living skills, and have help in finding part-time employment and important educational opportunities.


Boys and girls living in our Adolescent Residential Care program are provided the following services:

  • Safety, stability, security and supervision in a highly structured, RCCF-licensed, home-like environment
  • Shelter and healthy meals
  • Case management and individual, group and family coaching
  • “Choices” behavioral-change level system program anchored in cognitive behavioral therapy
  • In-home psycho-educational groups
  • Regular attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous groups
  • Frequent, random poly-urine analysis screens
  • Opportunities to practice pro-social skills
  • Community-based living norms for home, school, work and recreation
  • Access to accredited educational options and job training
  • Access to physical, dental and mental health care
  • Access to recreational activities and community service projects
  • Life skills lessons and positive adult role models
  • Access to part-time employment
  • Experiential educational opportunities
  • Optional aftercare services

Updated 2.20.2012