Residential_GamesCharis Youth Center provides Short Term Residential Treatment to emotionally-disturbed youth aged 13-21. Youth referred to the program generally have histories of multiple placement failure. Referrals come from Probation Departments, Social Services, Adoption Assistance Program, and Departments of Education throughout California. Youth placed in the program receive individualized treatment consisting of a structured behavioral plan implemented by residential counselors and mental health workers.


The residential program is goal driven and outcome-based for maximizing skills and progress. In addition, Mental Health services are provided through individual, group, and family therapy by licensed social workers and mental health staff. Ongoing medical, dental, hearing, and eye treatment, as well as periodic psychiatric and psychological evaluations, are available for each youth.

The objective of the program is to prepare the youth to return to either a less-restrictive environment or a home setting.