Crittenton offers the only licensed treatment program for pregnant and parenting girls in the state. While girls that are pregnant or parenting are the top priority for admissions, approximately 30% of girls come to the residential program solely for specialized behavioral health care in a gender-responsive, trauma-informed environment.
Crittenton’s therapeutic approach includes a commitment to providing care in the healthiest, least restrict environment to meet the needs of adolescents. Clients live in the dorm-like main residential building or in supervised houses on the agency’s campus. Clients attend school in either the on-grounds classroom or in community schools. Young moms receive parenting education and have daycare available within the residential facility.
Residential clients come to the program through referral from WV DHHR. They are in state custody due to abuse, neglect, mental health issues, substance abuse, and abandonment. There are two levels of care—traditional residential care for girls under the age of 18 and a transition to independence program for young women 18-21.