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Academic and Behavioral Health Programs

Residential Therapeutic Program

Elk River Treatment Program is a residential program that specializes in the therapeutic treatment of teens who 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 experience in adolescent care. A year-round accredited education program is also provided for each child in treatment.

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College Prep Virtual Private Academy

Since 2006, Pinnacle has opened the doors of learning for thousands of students from across the country. Pinnacle's innovative, yet personal approach to virtual learning provides students with the ability to reach their educational goals at their own pace.

Pinnacle Virtual Private Academy is accredited as a college-prep school by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) for students in grades 6 - 12. Our virtual school is an excellent choice for students who work better at their own pace and away from the distractions of a traditional classroom. Students have the flexibility to earn credits over one or two semesters then return to their school of transfer or they may choose to complete their high school requirements and earn their high school diploma through Pinnacle.

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Intensive Outpatient Program

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. In-person services are also available.

Pinnacle introduced its adolescent IOP in Huntsville in 2020 to fill a gap in behavioral health services for young people ages 13 - 18 in need of substance use and mental health services. The COVID-19 health crisis forced many facilities, including Pinnacle Behavioral Health, to accelerate plans to offer TeleHealth services.

Pinnacle was founded in 2006 to close the gap in behavioral health and education services for teens in the Huntsville community. The residential program of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Elk River Treatment Program, accepted its first client in January 2006, and the private school in Huntsville for grades 6 - 12 opened its doors (figuratively and literally) for students who were struggling in larger public and private schools.

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

Occupying a designated area of the 10,000 square foot building 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.

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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.

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).

Treatment & Therapy for Teenagers