CARES Psychiatric Residential Treatment

24-Hour, Intensive Psychiatric Care for Children

During times of crisis, a child’s need for psychiatric care may exceed the resources of the community. As a result, intensive 24 hour care may be required to ensure safety. CARES Center was developed specifically for these families.

We provide our children with a therapeutic residential environment where they gain understanding and learn to manage their challenges. After completing treatment, most children leave the CARES Center to return to their home with a comprehensive discharge and aftercare plan.

Transforming the lives of nearly 200 children each year, CARES Center is Mississippi’s first non-public psychiatric residential treatment center for children with severe emotional or behavioral disturbances.

Treatment at CARES

While at CARES Center, each child participates on a multidisciplinary child and family team. Each member plays an integral role in achieving the goals of the child’s treatment plan. Teams include:

  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Partners
  • School Staff
  • Dietary Staff
  • Residential Staff

Located in Jackson, the 60-bed facility provides services for ages 6 – 17. Comprehensive services include intensive individual, group, and family therapy as well as medical services, therapeutic recreation, education services, and social skills training.


Children living at the CARES Center attend the CARES Schools, an accredited, private school developed to serve children with behavioral issues.

More Information

To learn how your child can receive treatment at CARES Center, please contact a care coordinator by calling 1-800-388-6247.