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Gateway carefully considers all factors that will ensure our youth’s greatest potential for success both during and after participation in our programs.


Gateway is designed to support adolescent boys ages 14- 17. In considering each candidate for admission, Gateway carefully considers every aspect of the youth's functioning and environment to ensure the their greatest potential for success both during and after participation. Length of stay is flexible and based on the individual needs and progress of each youth.

A typical Gateway youth has struggled with:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • executive functioning problems

  • impulsivity and attention problems

  • social and relationship difficulties

  • unresolved trauma

  • diminished self esteem

  • difficulties at home

  • excessive computer/electronic use

  • oppositional attitudes

  • identity and developmental issues

  • experimentation with alcohol and drugs

  • lack of motivation

  • academic deficits

  • and other comparable difficulties

Our programs are not appropriate for every youth. Referrals are carefully screened by the Admissions Director, Clinical Director, and our Board Certified Psychiatrists to ensure each youth’s problems can be effectively addressed in our setting.

Contraindication for admission includes youth who: present with imminently life-threatening symptoms; pose a danger to themselves, the program, to others, or to the community; are chemically dependent or have a history of significant chronic substance abuse without a recent intervening period of sobriety; display active psychotic symptoms; exhibit symptoms of chronic and/or severe pain; or require extreme physical or medical needs.

Youth who have a serious medical or physical condition may also not be appropriate for placement at Gateway. Medical conditions that are contraindications for admissions include: Type 1 diabetes (insulin, juvenile diabetes); Injections (such as growth hormones); Infusions (IVs, intravenous medication); history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis, prior EpiPen/epinephrine use); immunocompromised; or medically fragile (such as missing spleen, bleeding disorders, history of organ transplant, immunoglobulin deficiency, AIDS, recent cancer treatment). With the approval of the medical team and Executive Director youth may be enrolled who need refrigerated medications.

How To Apply And Tuition

Treatment placement is a difficult decision for any family to make.  We encourage all of our families to tour our campuses and meet with our team before making a decision to move forward with enrollment.  Please contact our Admissions office to discuss your child’s needs, and to inquire about a campus tour. The Admissions office can also give you information regarding our current tuition rates, possible insurance reimbursement, or partial scholarship qualification. 

Gateway Bound Families

If your teen has been accepted to Gateway, our Admissions office will provide you with all the information you will need to help you prepare for their enrollment and arrival. We are excited to meet them!