Individual trauma does not operate on a 9-to-5 schedule. That’s why Third Way Center offers 24-hour treatment programs so that young adults can receive the guidance they need to continue moving forward in their personal journey. With five residential houses in Denver and four specialized treatment programs, Third Way Center seeks to provide teens and young adults with the empowerment and confidence they need to break the cycle of intergenerational abuse and develop the skills they need to live independently.
Our five residential treatment centers are located all across the Denver area and offer young people comprehensive, round-the-clock assistance from 120 full-time staff members, as well as 40 part-time staff members, including state-licensed Master Level Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, and over 25 education professionals. Our five treatment centers combined are capable of serving up to 101 teens and 12 babies at a time. The average length of stay for Third Way Center residents is approximately 7 and a half months. Our multiple treatment center locations and robust staff allow us to reach more teens and young adults in need of our services.
We offer four specialized treatment programs in each of our residential treatment centers, as well as two alternative high schools led by Master Level Special Education teachers. Our specialized programs include Substance Abuse Treatment, Vocational & Independent Living Skills, Offense Specific programming, and After Care. Each program is designed to address the specific needs of our residents and equip them with the tools they need to find employment, stable housing, and independence as they begin their adult lives or return home. In addition to learning valuable life skills, residents attend therapy sessions with licensed therapists. Considering each resident has an individualized treatment plan, therapy looks different with each resident depending on their needs. The treatment is youth-centered and family-driven to ensure the plan is specific to what the resident and youth need.
Our specialized residential treatment programs have a 71 percent success rate in treating teens who have not found success in other situations, including foster homes, other treatment programs, failed adoptions, and detention or jail settings. We believe that by empowering young people who have experienced trauma to become successful, productive members of their community, we are helping to break the cycle of intergenerational abuse. It is our mission to provide quality mental health services to traumatized youth in and around Denver and to provide them with the justice they deserve through psychology, education, and compassion.