The Vineyard Difference

Vineyard Primary Care and Assessment provides a safe and supportive residential environment tailored specifically for adolescent males aged 14 to 17 in need of short-term mental health intervention. Vineyard offers semi-secure accommodations while strongly emphasizing diagnostic precision and assessment. With a program size of just 16 beds, each student receives unparalleled clinical attention.


Ages: 14-17
Gender: Male
School: High School
Supervision: High-Medium
Support: High-Medium

Most psychologists act only as consultants.  At Vineyard, our psychologists are an integrated part of the treatment team.  Care spans the entire length of stay and beyond.

Although our clients and their families work one-on-one with a lead psychologist, all cases are reviewed by a team of seven psychologists using case consultation and a formal peer review. We draw on the collective strengths of our professionals to ensure our client’s needs are being matched to the right psychologist based on fit and specialization.

Vineyard sets a standard of excellence by employing the best psychological testers in the profession.  This ensures the highest diagnostic precision and a profound understanding of each student. By relying on top-tier professionals in the field of psychology, Vineyard not only ensures accurate assessments but also delves deeper into the complexities of the student’s emotional and behavioral challenges. These skilled testers can unravel the intricacies of a student’s psychological profile, offering insights that guide tailored treatment plans. This commitment to precision and depth in diagnostics leads to more effective and targeted therapeutic interventions, ultimately facilitating a more thorough understanding of the student’s unique needs, strengths, and areas for growth. In doing so, Vineyard empowers their students with the best possible support and opportunities for positive change.

Every set of psychological testing comes with pages of recommendations.  Sometimes these recommendations don’t make it off the page into the life of the student. Vineyard is at the forefront of utilizing testing to assess and implement actual recommendations beyond mere diagnosis. They recognize that understanding a student’s diagnostic profile is just the first step. What sets Vineyard apart is their commitment to delving into how a student will respond to various approaches based on the testing. By doing this families and providers gain invaluable insight into the individual nuances of each student’s response to various interventions. Vinyard goes beyond diagnosis, paving the way for a deeper comprehension of the student’s journey to recovery.

Our short-term program (30-90 days) addresses immediate mental health concerns and provides the tools necessary for continued progress.

For most students, Vineyard is a first stop in their therapeutic journey. Because acuity levels tend to be higher than levels seen in aftercare, insurance companies are more likely to reimburse some or all of a child’s stay at Vineyard. Our complimentary in-house billing services average 140 days of coverage for the typical out-of-network student.

Vineyard’s secure environment plays a pivotal role in facilitating healing. When adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues are placed in a safe and supportive setting, they can begin to rebuild trust in themselves and their surroundings. This security provides a foundation for therapeutic progress, as it reduces the constant stress and anxiety often experienced by these teens. In a secure environment, they can open up and engage in the therapeutic process, knowing they are protected from harm. This sense of safety fosters a space for self-reflection, emotional growth, and the development of healthier coping mechanisms.

In addition to needed psychological testing, each family will receive an individualized Vineyard CARE (Comprehensive Assessment and Response Evaluation)Plan at discharge. This document gathers and summarizes important information from the testing, recommendations that have played out well at Vineyard, and approaches we know won’t work. Think of the Vineyard CARE Plan as an instruction manual for tailoring how to support your child best as they continue their growth and development. The Vineyard CARE Plan is extremely helpful in identifying the critical features of an ideal aftercare setting for your child.

Vineyard stands out in its dedication to ensuring a smooth transition for its students as they move on to the next phase of their therapeutic journey, whether returning home or entering another program. Vineyard relies on a team of transition planning experts specializing in this critical phase. These professionals work closely with families and consultants to create a comprehensive care team. This personalized approach eases the transition process and ensures that students are well-prepared for their next steps, helping them carry the valuable lessons and progress achieved at Vineyard into their ongoing therapeutic journey.

Some students will return home following Vineyard. Others will move on to therapeutic programs outside of the Telos family of programs. There are several options for those who choose to stay with a Telos program. If recommended aftercare points you to a Telos program, this can be a familiar and easy transition for your child, who will already be familiar with the staff and culture of the Telos settings.

You can explore the details of our other treatment settings in the links above.

Get to know our talented and committed staff. Great healing starts with inspiring interpersonal relationships. Vineyard uses a team of psychologists at the top of their profession.

Admissions Criteria

Adolescent males 13-17 with: 

1. Unclear diagnosis
2. Prior failed placements
3. Behavioral outbursts
4. Past psychosis
5. Self-injury
6. Depression
7. Somatic complaints
8. OCD and other Anxiety Disorders
9. SUD with co-occurring disorders
10. Neurodiversity
11. Need for medication reevaluation

Yellow Flags (possible admission)

1. Reactive/impulsive aggression
2. Multiple suicide attempts
3. Sexually reactive behaviors

Red Flags (exclusionary)

1. Premeditated/calculated aggression
2. Gang involvement
3. Adjudicated multiple times
4. Ward of the State
5. Actively suicidal
6. Sexual perpetrator

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