Providing a safe space for children to heal

Our Qualified Residential Treatment Program and residential treatment are community-based RCCF.

Griffith Centers has provided treatment and educational services to adolescents and families since 1927, within a range and continuum of services. Our residential treatment program serves adolescent males ages 12-20. While in placement, they receive therapeutic, behavioral, educational, medical, and case management services from our team. Therapeutic services are provided by a Master’s level mental health professional.

We provide individual, family, and group therapy for all clients to address long-standing issues around trauma, abuse/neglect, reunification, criminal behavior, emotional diagnosis, and education recovery. Clients attend school on campus for credit recovery/attainment or a GED program. And family integration is a key focus within our residential program.

Each client engages in individual, family, and group therapy at Griffith Centers Residential Lodge and programming. Clients have a primary therapist to work toward their goals.

We serve male youth ages 12-20 in support of healing and services for the following:
  • Trauma
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Department of Human Services
  • Commitment/Department of Youth Services.
   We are committed to creating a structured and therapeutic environment that empowers our youth to build healthy relationships, succeed in education, and be productive members of society. The youth in our program benefit from comprehensive and strengths-based treatment.

Our Lodges

We provide a positive and structured environment where youth find the support needed to learn initial skills to be emotionally and physically safe. The residential program is designed to provide an environment that supports, educates, and guides adolescents in their quest for skills and developing confidence in their ability to transition back into the community setting. We tailor our Therapeutic Living Program to meet our client’s immediate and long-term needs while in our care.

The Lodges house clients with Mental Health diagnoses/DSM diagnoses such as, but not limited to:

  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression

Our program offers a range of treatment lodges to suit the client’s current needs and progress.

Clients can be admitted into any lodge if deemed appropriate. Rockies and Avalanche are our more supportive lodges, providing structure and supervision levels. Clients can then progress towards our home-like lodgings, including Prospect, Transitional Skills Program, and Independent Living. These lodges provide a home-like environment and see more integration with the community, allowing clients to see progress and work towards a successful reunification with the community. Clients are receiving all components of our treatment throughout their progress.

Rockies Lodge

Home for clients aged 12-14, focusing primarily on clients with Axis One Mental Health Mental Health diagnoses/DSM diagnoses such as, but not limited to Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Depression.

Avalanche Lodge

Home for clients aged 15-20, focusing on clients who are either pending or adjudicated of an offense-specific charge. This lodge has weekly groups to focus on peer-accountabiity and encourage progress in each client’s specific treatment plan.

Clinical Services

All clients residing in our Residential Treatment Program receive therapeutic support while in treatment. Treatment includes Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management, and referral assistance to ensure services post-treatment. Griffith Centers offers community-based treatment services and telehealth, utilized as clients transition back into the community to provide six months of wrap-around services. Please see our Outpatient Mental and Mental Behavioral Services page to see all services that can be provided in conjunction with residential services and following successful discharge planning.

All clients are assessed during the initial seven days, with the conclusion of the 7-day initial assessment (to include the Multi-Disciplinary Team) to determine appropriate goals and services. Most clients are receiving at a minimum:

  • 2 hours/week Individual Therapy for presenting issue and primary diagnosis. The increased frequency for those with high-risk behavior or determined as needed by MDT
  • 1-3 hours/week of Group Therapy. Topics addressed include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Mindfulness, Social Skills, Relapse Prevention, and Recovery.  
  • 2-4 hours/month of Family Therapy- frequency determined by MDT.  
  • Crisis Management as needed
  • Case Management as needed
  • Therapist’s modalities in treatment include but are not limited to CBT, DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Substance Abuse treatment, behavior modification, Family systems therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Experiential.
  • Clients go through an initial assessment period with the clinical staff and members of the MDT to determine appropriate goals and focus on the 7-day assessment. The Initial Treatment Plan is created from this point and includes goals, objectives, and summaries for the Therapeutic, Residential/Daily Living, and Educational treatment areas. All departments are working together to assist the youth in reaching their goals. Additionally, medical information is kept up to date, and visits with the Psychiatrist are updated. We seek to provide an inclusive treatment model for clients to see the best success in integration into the community.

Get In Touch

Residential Clinical Director:
Will Sanders

719-636-1116 (fax)

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Burris

719-636-1116 (fax)



17 Farragut Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm


For referrals, please fill out and submit the referral form.

For general inquiry, please fill out the form below.

Referrals, please be prepared to discuss your child’s mental health history, medical needs, educational needs, and funding source.