Short-Term Residential Programs

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Eckerd Short-Term Juvenile Justice Residential (Male)

Eckerd's short-term juvenile justice residential service is a complete rehabilitative experience delivered in an average of 90 days to 48 adjudicated male youth at two residential sites, ages 13 to 17, as referred by the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

This exciting, new residential treatment concept combines promising and evidence-based practices with a strong family transition component, and signifies a public-private partnership that has produced an innovative shift in the way youth are served in North Carolina's juvenile justice system. Intensive, short-term services include individualized treatment and academic plans that combine formal and experiential education, vocational education, community service, behavioral health and family counseling in a non-punitive environment designed to address the youth's behavioral challenges through a strength-based approach. Youth also receive accredited education on-site and work together in small group settings with assigned counselors.


  • Individualized treatment and academic plans
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy®
  • Motivational Interviewing®
  • Trauma Informed Care®
  • Family Centered Practice®
  • Botvin LifeSkills Training®
  • Forward Thinking® interactive journaling program
  • Accredited year-round on-site education
  • Vocational education
  • Social skills and life skills training
  • Family transition planning and support
  • Community reintegration
  • Community service

Click here for the Eckerd residential referral form

Eckerd Girls Residential Academy at Kerr Lake (Female)

Eckerd Youth Alternatives began providing short-term residential services to the female population in North Carolina’s juvenile justice system on Sept. 1, 2020.    

Eckerd Girls Residential Academy at Kerr Lake has a fully accredited private school located on campus, so that its residents may continue their course work, recover necessary credits, and seamlessly integrate back to schools in their home communities. Eckerd Girls Residential Academy utilizes a trauma-informed care model, developed based upon operational experience. Eckerd will retain a fully licensed mental health therapist on campus, and program residents will have consistent access to a highly qualified psychiatrist.

As part of Eckerd’s “Positive Youth Development” best practice, residents will be provided opportunities for skill building; exposure to intentional learning experiences; and preparation for adult employment.  Eckerd has designed an effective course of treatment to address individualized mental health and substance use treatment needs, co-occurring disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma relating to physical or sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse or domestic violence. The gender-specific group curriculums, Girls Circle and Seeking Safety, will address a myriad of issues specific to females. Additionally, staff teams will rely heavily on motivational interviewing to engage and encourage the residents.

Click here for the Eckerd residential referral form. 

Methodist Home for Children operated Multipurpose Juvenile Homes

The Multipurpose Juvenile Home Program is designed to provide non-secure, long-term, residential care as an alternative to secure detention and youth development centers. The Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contracts with a private provider to operate the program. The first six eight-bed facilities opened in 1993. A seventh home was opened in 2008.

The homes provide at least double staff coverage 24 hours a day plus a certified teacher and full-time family counselor for up to 240 days. Youths served are referred by the local juvenile court.

Program Organization
Multipurpose Juvenile Homes are located in Chowan, Hertford, Macon, Robeson, Union and Wayne counties. State management and oversight are provided by the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.