Therapeutic School, Residential Treatment, Outpatient Treatment for Teenagers

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Development, Training and Implementing Programs for At-Risk Youth

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Our Behavioral Health Programs

Residential Treatment

Elk River Treatment Program is a therapeutic residential program that specializes in treating teens that are struggling with behaviors or mental health challenges that are unsafe and unmanageable at home. We accept boys and girls ages 12 to 18 from across the country. Our program provides a safe therapeutic setting with around-the-clock adult supervision. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each child and may include medication management. Elk River's Treatment Team is led by child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist and includes licensed mental health professionals with extensive backgrounds in attachment disorders and substance abuse. A year-round accredited education program is also provided for each child in treatment.

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Intensive Outpatient Program via TeleHealth

Behavioral health services are more important today than ever before, and Pinnacle Behavioral Health has made access easy to its outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) through TeleHealth services.

Last year Pinnacle introduced its adolescent IOP in Huntsville to fill a gap in behavioral health services for young people ages 13 - 18 in need of substance use and mental health services. Today's health crisis forced many facilities, including Pinnacle Behavioral Health, to accelerate plans to offer TeleHealth services.

Prompt action to address problems our youth are facing is a hallmark of Pinnace Behavioral Health.

Pinnacle was founded in 2006 to close the gap in behavioral health and education services for teens in the Huntsville community. Elk River, a therapeutic residential treatment facility, accepted its first client in January 2006, and a private school in Huntsville for grades 6 - 12 opened its doors (figuratively and literally) for students who were not thriving in the public school system.

Since then, both programs have grown and others have developed including outpatient services, professional development services and an intensive outpatient program.

Located at 4812 Commercial Drive in Huntsville, Pinnacle Behavioral Health IOP is staffed with mental health professionals that provide a directive, person-centered approach to therapy that focuses on improving an individual's motivation to change.

We recognize that substance use disorders are often a symptom of underlying beliefs, feelings and/or mental health challenges that are difficult for a child to address appropriately. Self-medicating with legal or illegal substances may have helped ease the discomfort for a short time, but in almost all cases, this method stops working or escalates to dangerous levels. Learn more >>

Professional Development

Pinnacle’s credentialed and ex­perienced educators and support staff can customize a Profession­al Development Program for any size school district from training existing staff to developing an en­tire alternative school or private school program.

Pinnacle has a proven record of developing and implementing programs that significantly im­proved drop-out rates, raised stu­dent GPAs by 43%, lowered disci­pline referrals by 41%, decreased truancy by 74% and raised grad­uation rates by 81%. Specialized behavioral programs are designed specifically for special educa­tion students with severe mental health issues.

Pinnacle specializes in a blended curriculum model with differentiated instruction to provide academic and therapeutic services based on the individual needs of every student.

To find out more about our professional development programs, complete the "Contact Me" form on this page and one of our advisers will contact you as soon as possible. You can also call our administrative office at 866-906-TEEN (8336).

College Prep Therapeutic School

Pinnacle Private Academy provides an education program with comprehensive behavioral health services for students in grades 6 - 12. Pinnacle's academic programs are accredited as college prep by AdvancED/SACS. Pinnacle is an excellent alternative for students that are at-risk of failing or dropping out of school due to learning differences, illness, relocation, mental health or behavioral issues. Highly Qualified and State Certified teachers provide students with individualized learning program. Licensed mental health professionals are also onsite to provide behavioral health care services.

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Accredited Virtual School

Since 2006, Pinnacle has opened doors for thousands of students from across the country that did not fit into the mold of a traditional classroom. Pinnacle’s personalized approach to learning provides students with the ability to reach their educational goals at their pace. This flexibility allows students to earn credits or a high school diploma without distractions of the traditional classroom.

Pinnacle’s Virtual School provides school systems with options to assist at-risk students that otherwise would fall through the cracks.

All Pinnacle programs are Ad­vancED accredited. Students enrolled in Pinnacle’s Virtual School avoid the stigma of needing additional help in difficult subjects, yet can progress through lessons that come easily without waiting on fellow classmates.

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Education Programs for Incarcerated Youth

Did you know that 75% of America's state prison inmates are high school dropouts and 59% of America's federal prison inmates did not complete high school? According to high school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested in their lifetime (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2003a). Studies show that education advances equity and reduces recidivism, so why wouldn't we educated youth that are incarcerated and in need of a high school diploma? One reason:

IT'S THE LAW. The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015 and includes the following provisions to help ensure success for students and schools:

  • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
  • Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
  • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
  • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
  • Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
  • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

Did you know that 50% of youth in correctional facilities have disabilities? The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

Pinnacle provides a new path for incarcerated youth by providing AdvancED accredited education programs that allow incarcerated youth to re-enter society with a fighting chance - that is - be armed with a high school diploma when seeking a job.

Pinnacle's professional staff provide:

  • Training of established policies and procedures to access correctional facilities and funding
  • Recruiting and training of certified teachers
  • Certified Special Education Director monitors and facilitates IDEA and FAPE obligations
  • Blended learning instruction utilizing core curriculum and relevant connections
  • Utilize aggregated data to identify needs and facilitate improvements
  • Crisis management de-escalation training for staff and secure settings
  • Positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS)
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Mental Health Services incorporated into individualized plans
  • Tracking to continue services upon release

For more information, call our headquarters in Huntsville, AL (256) 518-9998 or 866-906-TEEN (8336); or simply complete and submit the "Contact Me" form on this page.

Outpatient Therapy

Pinnacle provides outpatient counseling services to children and adults. Services include individual, group and family therapy. Pinnacle Behavioral Health professional mental health providers incorporate treatment and intervention techniques to increase the strengths and resources of each client and family served.

All programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health are accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission. To report concerns, please call The Joint Commission at 630-792-5800.

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