Residential Treatment Admission Process Made Simple

Are you struggling to find the right residential treatment program for your teenager? The process can be overwhelming and confusing, leaving you feeling helpless and alone. It's understandable to want the best for your child, but where do you even begin?

The last thing you need is more frustration and uncertainty during this difficult time. You want to feel confident that you're making the best decision for your child's future, but the process of finding the right program can be daunting. Without guidance and support, you may be left feeling lost in a sea of options and unsure of what to do next.

That's where Discovery Ranch comes in. Our online assessment and personalized support make the admission process simple and stress-free. We understand the challenges families face when seeking treatment for your son and we're here to help. Our compassionate team of professionals is dedicated to finding the right program for your child's unique needs, whether that's with us or another provider. Trust us to be your guide as you navigate this difficult journey. Don't wait - contact us today and discover the peace of mind that comes from knowing your son is getting the care they need.

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The Admissions Process

Discovery Ranch is committed to supporting teens and their families during times of crisis. By choosing our program, families will receive guidance, meaningful conversation, and a well-defined path toward achievement. Rest assured, our admissions team will remain in contact with you throughout the admission process, including the day of admission.

Step 1: Connect

To begin the process, we suggest that parents reach out to us directly. This will enable us to have a more meaningful conversation about your teen and their specific requirements. During our first conversation, we will cover vital details that will help us comprehend your teenager's situation better and offer appropriate assistance.

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Step 2: Review Your Unique Needs

Upon submission of your application, our Admissions team will reach out to you to determine whether Discovery Ranch aligns with your teen's academic, clinical, and medical needs. Through this conversation, we aim to craft a customized treatment plan that addresses your teen's unique requirements. If you are satisfied with our proposal, we will supply you with admissions documents to review and sign.

Step 3: Transition

To ensure a smooth transition for your teenager, our admission team member will assist you in developing a comprehensive transition plan. We understand that this can be a difficult time for both parents and teens, which is why our program is based on research and has a proven track record of success in promoting healing. Our priority is to ensure that families feel supported and connected throughout the process.

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Admissions Policies

Your teen is the top priority at Discovery Ranch South. Thus, we want to determine if our services can serve you appropriately.

A student may be admitted for treatment if they meet the following criteria:

  • The student must pass a complete physical evaluation with our pediatrician.
    • The Medical Director must approve students that are on psychotropic medication*.
    • The student’s psychological or mental state must be at a level that their safety will not compromise the safety of other students or staff.
  • The student must speak English in order to effectively communicate with the therapist, peers, and counselors. The inability to speak English will result in treatment barriers that will affect the treatment outcome.
  • The student must be 13 to 17 years of age.
  • Students with communicable diseases may be denied.

*All medications are cleared during the pre-admission process. If there are special circumstances with your child's health, let us know.

Who Is Not A Good Fit For Discovery Ranch

At Discovery Ranch, we address complex emotional and behavioral issues. However, we have limitations and do not work with certain situations and diagnoses. We are transparent about our focus and strive to provide effective treatment within our scope of practice.

We do not work with the following situations and diagnoses:

  • Students under the age of 12
  • Medical Instability or any problem requiring prolonged or intensive medical care or monitoring. For example:
    • Eating disorders severe enough to require a feeding tube
    • Diabetes
    • Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • History of Physical Violence
  • Pregnancy
  • Parental Non-Participation
  • Non-English Speaking
  • Severe Autism
  • IQ Below 90
  • Anti-Social or Conduct Disorder
  • Psychosis, Schizophrenia, or Schizoaffective Disorder

If your teenager struggles with any of these issues, you may find help at

At Discovery Ranch, we understand the unique needs of teenagers struggling with mental health issues. Our experienced team is here to provide compassionate, evidence-based treatment to support their journey towards healing and growth. Our admission process is simple and straightforward, allowing you to focus on what really matters - your child's well-being.

Enroll your child at Discovery Ranch and give them the opportunity to regain their sense of self and build a brighter future. Contact us now to learn more about our program and how we can help your child and family. Trust us to be the support system you need during this difficult time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Call us at 855-662-9318 or contact us online to request an application and connect with us about how Discovery Ranch might be a fit for your teen’s unique needs.

You can also start the process by completing our no-obligation assessment called the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ), which will help us understand your family’s needs.

Start The Assessment

It’s important that parents feel comforted and helped through this difficult process. Families that choose Discovery Ranch will be provided with direction, discussion, and a clear path to success. You can expect to hear from our admissions team throughout the admission process, as well as on the day of admission. Updates will be provided to you about your teen and report how the student is adapting to Discovery Ranch and treatment.

You are never obligated to send your teen to Discovery Ranch. Choosing the right care for your teen is an important decision and we are here to provide you with the information you need to make the best choice for your teen. You are never bound to our organization, and we respect your decisions based on what you think is best for your family and teen. We work hard to never make you feel pressured. We aren't salespeople--merely people who are passionate about our program and the work we do. We may realize that a teen would benefit more from a different program, at which point we will help you find those resources and gather information.

Discovery Ranch works actively with insurance companies during and after treatment to help families receive reimbursement for program expenses. We understand the financial burden of treatment, and even if those resources may not be available during a teen’s time at Discovery Ranch, they can help later on if continued treatment is needed. We want to help families with their entire treatment experience.

Parents may worry about being alone during this process. We work with hundreds of families every year and can assure you that this is not the case! Parents are not alone in their struggles, and neither are their teens.

The Admission Team

Greg McGary

Greg McGary

Admissions Director
Carolina Jeronimo

Carolina Jeronimo

Admissions Assistant

Greg McGary

Admissions Director

Greg McGary comes to us with years of life experience! He has worked as a field staff in multiple wilderness programs. A former business owner, Greg has traveled, working around the world. Greg is a husband and father to five children and raised them working on their farm. He loves hard work and the character it builds. He also enjoys the outdoors, and the adventures that life offers.

Carolina Jeronimo

Admissions Assistant

Carolina started working at Discovery Ranch in the summer of 2017 as a youth mentor working on the residential team. She has worked in different capacities over the years finding opportunities for growth and personal development. Working as a front line staff, supervisor, and program coordinator she has been able to work with many young men and families over the years and is excited to continue that work in admissions. She has a passion and love for helping and serving others. Growing up in Seattle helped her grow an appreciation for the outdoors. She loves adventures and visiting National Parks and some of her favorite hobbies are hiking, camping, dancing, reading and connecting with friends.