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Short-term Residential

Devereux Colorado provides a unique short-term residential/hospital divert program for children and adolescents ranging in age 7-19. Incorporating a strong Trauma-Informed Foundation and Positive Behavioral Support System, Devereux Colorado’s short term residential program stabilizes acute mental illness and behavioral health issues. The program delivers individualized treatment to shorten lengths of stay, stabilize crisis and assists with discharge planning to ensure a successful re-integration back into the community with appropriate resources quickly and safely.

Program Description

Located in Westminster, Colorado, this 18 bed unit, known as the Ponderosa Unit, is available to males and females ages 7 and older. Admissions are accepted 24/7 and are assessed by highly trained masters level clinicians or registered nurses. Individual therapy is conducted up three times a week, and family therapy is conducted at least twice a week. Multiple therapy groups conducted daily, educational programming and recreation therapy round out the program.  A psychiatrist meets with the client within 72 hours of admission and weekly there-after for medication evaluation and management.  Community services and case management are coordinated at admission to facilitate family engagement and effective discharge planning.

Criteria for admission

As a 27-65 certified facility, Devereux Colorado can accept clients on a mental health hold. Generally, appropriate referrals are for adolescents requiring crisis stabilization for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, severe mood dysregulation, or other acute mental illness symptoms and are able to benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, do not pose an imminent risk to harm self or others, and have community and/or family support. For medically fragile or lower functioning clients (IQ below 70), admissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Clients may be transported to Devereux by the family or via ambulance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will a client remain in the short-term residential program?
The average length of stay can vary, but is generally between 5 days and 4 weeks. For some the stay may be shorter if community resources are established.


What does the client need to bring?
We recommend at least three days’ worth of weather appropriate clothing. Belts or clothing with strings are not allowed on the unit. Cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices are not allowed on the unit.


When will a clinician be in contact with the family?
A clinician will be in contact with a client’s family or legal guardian within 24 hours of admission. Weekend admissions can expect to hear from a clinician the following business day.


Is the client responsible for bringing his or her own medication?
When possible, it is helpful to have the client bring medications with them to the unit.


What insurance is accepted?
Devereux Colorado accepts most major commercial insurance, Colorado Medicaid and Kaiser Permanente. When possible, the referring clinician or assessment team will be asked to obtain initial authorization. Our team will conduct routine utilization reviews with the insurance company. Please be aware this level of service is not always an insured benefit. The insured will be fiscally responsible for outstanding charges not covered by your insurance company.


What are visiting hours?
Approved visitors are welcome daily 5:30pm-7:15pm.