DRA’s monitoring and investigation team monitors and conducts complaint investigations at Arkansas’s psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs). DRA also receives and reviews records and incident reports that are retrieved through our access authority and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
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What is a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)?
According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, a PRTF is a “separate standalone entity providing a range of comprehensive services to treat the psychiatric condition of residents under the age of 21, on an inpatient basis under the direction of a physician. The purpose of such comprehensive services is to improve the resident’s condition or prevent further regression so that the services will no longer be needed.” In short, these facilities are designed to provide therapeutic services and programs for children and youth who struggle with psychiatric, behavioral, and emotional disorders and challenges. The services provided are less medically intensive than those you’d find in a psychiatric hospital or the psychiatric unit of a general hospital.
There are approximately 800 beds in PRTFs across the state. Most, but not all, of the 13 PRTFs in Arkansas are private for-profit entities. Their marketing materials boast the use of “empirically-validated, scientifically-sound treatment methods”…”individual, family, group, and recreational therapy”…”a highly structured” program in a “nurturing environment.” Treatment is said to be administered by multidisciplinary teams of highly trained professionals in a residential setting.
PRTF’s are only one kind of residential facility.
About This Database
Information from the various entities charged with oversight of these facilities is not coordinated or tracked, and is therefore not available in one place. This makes it impossible for guardians, judges, other states, and placement agencies to make informed decisions about the placement of youth.
The information on each facility that is included in the links below is all information obtained through public information requests. This information is available to the public but has not previously been correlated and published or otherwise easily accessible to the public.
Documents Available for Search
- Centers for Youth and Families Little Rock
- Centers for Youth and Families Monticello
- Delta Family Services / Delta Family and Fitness Center for Children
- Little Creek Behavioral Health
- United Methodist Children’s Home Dacus / United Methodist Children’s Home (Bono)
- United Methodist Children’s Home Little Rock
- Millcreek Behavioral Health / Habilitation Center, Inc.
- Perimeter Behavioral of Forrest City / Woodridge of Forrest City
- Perimeter Behavioral of the Ozarks / Woodridge of the Ozarks
- Perimeter Behavioral of West Memphis / Woodridge of West Memphis
- Piney Ridge Treatment Center
- Timber Ridge / Neurorestorative Timber Ridge
- Youth Home
Multiple divisions within the Arkansas Department of Human Services and outside agencies are responsible for aspects of oversight or investigations into these facilities.