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Bridges Treatment Center

Bridges offers residential treatment programs for Virginia youths ages 6-17 in need of strategic care.

Our approach to care

Residential treatment programs are helpful for youth who have not responded to outpatient treatments, who have educational needs that cannot be met in a less restrictive setting, or who are in need of further intensive treatment following inpatient acute psychiatric care. For youth who have exhausted the less restrictive options in their community, Bridges is there to help.

Boys and girls ages 6-17 who reside in Virginia, with emotional and behavioral disorders including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Attachment issues
  • Trauma issue
  • Learning disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities

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Where you can find us

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Meet our team

Centra's team of Caregivers is dedicated to providing the most advanced, personalized care.


The special education department of the applicant's school typically makes referrals* for residential treatment to the local FAPT (Family Assessment and Planning Team) or CPMT (Community Planning and Management Team). FAPT and CPMT are local interagency teams established by the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA). CSA was designed to support services for eligible youth and their families.

Medicaid, CSA, and other sources fund treatment at Bridges. Residential treatment is now accepting funding through a state contract with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please contact your local Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) coordinator for details. To find your local CSA coordinator, visit the CSA website

Make a referral

*All referrals or inquiries for treatment are confidential. Admissions are made with parent/guardian permission.


Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs provide intensive help for children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral issues including:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Educational issues.

While in residential treatment, children and adolescents temporarily relocate to Bridges Treatment Center facilities where trained staff provide treatment and around-the-clock supervision.

Effective residential treatment programs like Bridges provide:

  • Comprehensive evaluations assessing residents'' emotional, behavioral, medical, education, social, and leisure needs, and supporting these needs safely and productively
  • Individualized treatment plans that meet the particular needs of each resident
  • Individual, family, and group therapy
  • Psychiatry care is provided by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Opportunities for family therapy, on-site visits, home passes, and telephone calls

Program Components

At Bridges, we conduct treatment within a therapeutic milieu designed to provide maximum of peer involvement. Daily activities promote cooperative interaction, healthy confrontation, and recognition.

  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Licensed educational services, including special education services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Nutrition, fitness, and health programming
  • Psychological testing
  • Assessments
  • Treatment planning with recommendations for therapy, education and medication management once discharged
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Licensure and Accreditations

Bridges Residential Treatment Center is licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Accreditation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) attends to our compliance with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care and our commitment to continually improving patient care.

Centra, which owns Bridges, is Magnet-certified, an award given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to select hospitals that satisfy a rigorous set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of nursing. Bridges Residential Treatment Center is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF).

What to pack for your child's stay

Preparing to pack

When packing for your child, please keep in mind that Bridges does not provide storage space. Bridges reserves the right to send articles back home with parents/guardians that are deemed counter-therapeutic to our environment. Linens, laundry facilities and detergent are provided.

Permitted Items: 

  • A weekend bag/suitcase to remain on campus for the child when passes home are granted; large containers and suitcases will not be stored and will need to be taken back home.
  • Seven days of seasonal clothing including jeans and t-shirts; casual clothing may include jeans and t-shirts.
  • Sturdy tennis shoes (non-marking soles)
  • Bathing suit (all seasons)
  • Gym clothing
  • Radio, clock, hairdryer and other electrical appliances will need to be found in safe working conditions by Bridges'' maintenance.
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Favorite toy (for younger children)
  • Tapes and posters may be brought.
  • Bridges does not provide clothing or spending allowances for the residents. You may leave money for your child with the milieu coordinator. This money will be monitored by staff

Prohibited Items:

  • Cell phones and /or other personal electronic devices