Mental health treatment for teens that supports the whole family

Family First Adolescent Services specializes in treating the most common and complex mental health issues teens face.

Family First Adolescent Services

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At Family First Adolescent Services, we are a tribe.

Our goal is to bring your son into our pack of dedicated helping professionals to assist in healing underlying causes and conditions of behavioral, mental health, and substance use concerns. We believe our boys are not a single diagnosis but are often also suffering from a combination of low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. These complexities require a team of professionals that are as relatable as they are skilled. Our team is passionate, dedicated, and work extremely hard to accomplish real progress and change the course of your son’s life. 


Mental health 

treatment for teens

We address the underlying causes of teen mental health challenges with trauma-informed strategies, a blend of therapies, and education. We teach families how to be whole—through mutual love, support, and acceptance. 

Vital Program Elements

Throughout a resident's treatment at Family First Adolescent Services' beautiful, modern facility, he'll stay at one of our comfortable, homelike residences where he'll be surrounded by other boys his age and supported by our staff around the clock.

He'll participate in individual, group, and family therapy sessions, explore his inner world through Focus Weeks, connect and engage body and mind through clinically-driven experiential activities, and continue his studies with the support of our staff teachers.


Family members will receive regular updates from their son's therapist, case manager, and teacher, and benefit from weekly family therapy sessions, local therapeutic or community-based referrals, and our intensive onsite Parent Interaction Program.

Experience Family First

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24/7 support from our team with a 2:1 ratio of staff to clients. Our team includes psychiatrists, therapists, and case managers.

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Families should never have to choose between getting treatment or staying current with school. We'll work with your home school to ensure he doesn't fall behind.

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The cutting edge of evidence-based treatment for adolescents, with programming that addresses developmental trauma and self-care.

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Comprehensive planning for up to 12 months after a client has completed our program; also includes regular follow-up with our team for clients and their parents.

Family Unwrapping


Specialized support, tools, counseling, referrals and continuing care to address the essential role parents play in their child’s long-term healing.

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Each we our clients get to participate in fun activities that help them build healthy connections between mind and body and are just plain fun.


From our Founders


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Since opening our doors in 2014, the goal of Family First Adolescent Services has been to help families address the most common and complex mental health challenges that affect teens. Our many years of experience demonstrated that adolescents need a specialized approach that meets them on their level and addresses what’s going on beneath the surface-level symptoms. 


We are the only treatment center for teens specializing in mental health and focusing on complex and developmental trauma. We offer the most comprehensive treatment program for teens in the country. Our uniquely teen-centric program provides the intensity, engagement, and compassion that adolescents need to connect with their inner world and their journey of healing.


We give the teens and families who come through our doors the tools and understanding they need to lead healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling lives.


The Family First Adolescent Services team is stacked with individuals possessing in-demand and highly specialized skills, and our entire clinical staff has received NARM® training. 

Nowhere in our state is any treatment center providing intensive and compassionate care to teens and their families that specifically addresses the unique issues faced by an adolescent demographic. We’re proud to serve our families in this way and proud of our entire team, who continually strives for excellence and professional growth. 

What parents are saying:

"Family First does just that … it places family first. The staff is amazing, diverse, and very caring. What moved me the most about our experience with Family First was the impact that it had on me personally. The counseling sessions, group sessions, and intensive therapy weekends really have had a profound impact on me. When we began the process with Family First, I had no way to expect that it would change me in the ways that it has."

–Jeremy G, Parent