Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers

Residential Program Overview

The Walter D. Kelly Treatment Center in West Palm Beach and the Norman C. Hayslip Treatment Center in Fort Pierce serve as the temporary homes for adolescents struggling with addiction and behavioral health problems. Both centers operate year-round, with 24-hour supervision and includes treatment programs and on-site education programs. The average length of stay is three to six months.

Residential treatment uses multiple evidence-based strategies for individual, group and family therapy as well as methods that address trauma and life skills. Successful completion of the program is based on: progressing academically, coming to terms with the impact drugs have had on the adolescent’s life, and changing behavior that is not acceptable in society.

The residential program consists of three components:


This involves using evidence-based individual, group (process, educational, life skills, trauma-informed, etc.), and family counseling. Upon admission, each resident is assigned a primary counselor who, with input from the treatment team and stakeholders, manages the adolescent’s case through to discharge from the program.


Through agreements with the School District of Palm Beach County (Kelly Center) and the School District of St. Lucie County (Hayslip Center), residents are able to continue their studies toward high school graduation at our on-site schools.

Behavior Modification

Designed to end undesirable or maladaptive behavior and promote positive change, our behavioral management system is based on levels, from orientation to level five, and requires residents to set and achieve goals in order to progress to the next level.

From beginning to end, the entire treatment process is driven by the treatment team, a core unit of professionals consisting of the medical director, program supervisor, school representative, therapist, resident and family, and other relevant case managers or professionals who may provide knowledge to the resident’s treatment course. Families are expected to attend regularly scheduled family counseling, parent/family groups, visitation and other related activities. To shape the kind of change needed to ensure sustained success, a firm commitment is necessary from all persons involved.

Finally, it is important that residents are given as many tools as possible to help them on their journey to success; therefore, a strong emphasis is placed on social skills and competency development. Residents are encouraged to participate in on-site and off-site recreation activities geared toward team and self-esteem building, and teaching residents to identify and participate in prosocial activities.


Residential services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines. No adolescent or family will be turned away due to ability to pay.

Residential Program Locations

Walter D. Kelly Treatment Center (Juvenile Justice Circuit 15)
1041 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Norman C. Hayslip Treatment Center (Juvenile Justice Circuit 19)
4590 Selvitz Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

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