Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center
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Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center (RPTC) provides long term intensive treatment to children and youth at the highest level of care in a residential setting. These youth exhibit extreme functional impairment and are experiencing a serious emotional disturbance that requires 24 hour interdisciplinary, psychotherapeutic treatment in a “secure” or “semi-secure” facility. Youth may present with thought or emotional disorders, extensive trauma backgrounds, excessive withdrawal or significant depression. Significant behaviors may include patterns of excessive aggression, destructive or assaultive behaviors, or harm to self or others.
Alaska has 5 RPTC programs in the state. There are 22 programs with Alaska Medicaid enrolled as Alaska Medicaid providers in the continental US. The programs out of state provide services to youth who are not able to be served in Alaska have been reviewed by a resource team for referral to an out of state program.
All RPTC youth are reviewed for medical necessity criteria by Qualis who is contracted as a QIO by DHSS to provide this service. RPTC care must include oversight by a physician. Therapies include Family therapy, individual therapy and group therapy lead by Masters level clinicians.