Elk River Treatment Program

Elk River Treatment Program


The Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) is a nationally recognized teen treatment center located on 120 acres in Huntsville, AL. ERTP offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for teenage boys and girls who are dealing with behavioral and mental health issues, substance abuse, obesity and eating disorders, video game addiction, and other serious conditions. Additionally, ERTP provides 24/7 medical care and supervision for medically fragile teens.


All programs at Elk River Treatment Program are based on proven, evidence-based treatment models. Upon admission, teens undergo a thorough evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment program for their physical, emotional, behavioral, medical, and educational needs. The core features of the weekly curriculum include individual, group, and family therapy.

Elk River Residential Treatment Program offers on-site medical care for medically fragile teens who may be unable to receive quality treatment elsewhere. Medications are administered at the facility and medication management is overseen by a child and adolescent psychiatrist. The length of stay varies based on individual needs.

For a more flexible treatment option, Elk River Transitions provides a therapeutic environment for teens who have completed the residential program. In this program, teens can continue their education with the assistance of state-certified teachers. Elk River Healthy Lifestyles offers a medically-based weight loss program that includes counseling, fitness, and nutrition education.

Families play a crucial role in the teen’s recovery. Parents can expect weekly updates from their child’s primary therapist and may be able to attend on-site workshops. They are also included in the treatment planning process alongside clinicians, supervisors, counselors, and professional referral sources.


Elk River Treatment Program employs a diverse team of physicians, child and adolescent psychologists, nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed clinical social workers, dieticians, equine therapists, educators, and administrative staff.


On its 120-acre campus, ERTP offers equine assisted learning, providing a unique opportunity for teens to learn non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, and problem-solving through activities with horses.

One survey respondent gave four stars for the facility’s meals and five stars for its accommodations and level of cleanliness.


In the sole survey response, an anonymous loved one gave a perfect five stars for treatment effectiveness, the staff’s level of training and experience, the treatment for co-occurring disorders, and the inclusion of families. They did, however, find treatment at Elk River to be unaffordable.


Elk River Treatment Program accepts private insurance only and does not accept Medicaid. The program is in-network with Cigna, United Behavioral Health/Optum, and Value Option Commercial Insurance, and out-of-network with other providers.

After submitting an application, admissions counselors are assigned to assist with determining coverage and provide updates to families throughout the process. Private loan options may also be available for those in need of additional financial assistance.

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  • Treatment and accommodations were great!