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Residential Treatment Services

Inpatient Mental Health Services for Children

The Buckeye Ranch’s family-centered treatment approach drives our commitment to preserving family relationships and believes maintaining these bonds is crucial to the success of the child’s transition back into their community.


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Helping Children & Youth Overcome Behavioral Hurdles

Though research shows children, youth, and families are best served in their homes and communities, there are cases in which a child may require treatment outside of the home. The Buckeye Ranch has the facilities and the treatment capacity to support children and youths with these serious mental health needs and behavioral challenges.

The Buckeye Ranch Secure Campus

For youth inpatient mental health treatment in a secure residential setting, our secure campus provides the care and structure they need with locked units, cameras, and low staff-to-youth ratios. In this environment, youth of all genders and backgrounds, ages 9-17, are provided the treatment and skills they need to prepare for a successful transition back into the community.

How the Process Works

The Buckeye Ranch provides a trauma-informed therapeutic environment for youth with mental health diagnoses. We specialize in providing treatment for youth with histories of trauma resulting from abuse and neglect. The Buckeye Ranch addresses a variety of issues, including:

  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Defiant and unruly behaviors
  • Sexual acting-out behaviors
  • Substance misuse

Housing Unit Procedures

The Buckeye Ranch admits youth into appropriate housing units based on chronological age, developmental age, gender identity, and presenting behaviors. Given these factors, housing units are comprised of youth with similar abilities, interests, and needs. Youth with specific individual challenges, such as substance use disorders, are linked with appropriate services. When it is determined that a youth has been placed within a housing unit that is not an appropriate fit for that youth, every effort is made to make accommodations and/or to move that youth to a different, more appropriate unit.

What Your Family Can Expect from The Buckeye Ranch

At The Buckeye Ranch, we believe that providing quality care for children, youth, and families goes beyond the basics. For over 60 years, it has been our belief that services for children, youth, and families should reflect evidence-based practices in the field of mental health treatment. The Buckeye Ranch Residential Treatment program is certified as a Qualified Residential Treatment Facility with the State of Ohio. To attain this certification, the Buckeye Ranch had to demonstrate proficiency in 5 areas, those being:

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  • Have a Trauma Informed Treatment Model
  • Have a registered or licensed nursing and clinical staff available 24 hours a day
  • Facilitate outreach and engagement of the child’s family in the child’s treatment plan
  • Provide discharge planning and family-based aftercare supports for at least six months post-charge
  • Program licensed and accredited by the Council on Accreditation

Our Campus Facility

The Buckeye Ranch has been able to create a unique approach to education by partnering with the South-Western City School District to provide instruction on campus for our youth. The Buckeye Ranch provides the physical space that houses the classrooms, and South-Western City School District provides certified teachers.

Our campus is equipped with numerous facilities and unique therapies and resources to promote wellness, recovery, and healing during the youth’s stay:

  • Two gymnasiums
  • One cafeteria to provide all meals (menu developed by a licensed dietitian)
  • Swimming pool (with lifeguard)
  • Fitness center
  • Recreational room
  • Shelter for outdoor activities
  • Small animal facility
  • Adventure-based therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Outdoor pavilion


At the Buckeye Ranch we use evidence-based therapies, provided by licensed clinicians with Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) assessments completed upon request, such as:


Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (IFAST) approach, including the use of Motivational Interviewing

  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Strategic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


Our strength-based approach focuses on structured group activities, daily problem-solving groups, and a focus on empowering youth to assist in creating a safe therapeutic environment to live in.

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To make a referral to our Residential Program, get in touch with us today.