The Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) program serves up to 36 children and adolescents with significant behavioral health needs. These children have behavioral and emotional difficulties that require out-of-home care and a high level of supervision and assistance.

The mission of IRT is to provide a safe and supportive environment where children can learn skills that will assist them in developing more meaningful lives, and for them to be able to succeed in a less restrictive setting. This is accomplished by emphasizing four basic goals for success across all environments: Being Ready, Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. These core values are stressed in everything done in the program, and ultimately help children build on their own personal strengths in order to function more independently as responsible members of their families and communities.

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6:00 am: Wake up and medications administered

6:00-7:30 am: Morning routine

7:30-8:00 am: Behavior review – identifying individual goal(s) for the day

8:00 am: Breakfast/transition to school

8:30 am-2:50 pm: School

12:00-12:25 pm: Lunch

2:50-3:00 pm: Transition back to the units

3:00-3:30 pm: Snack/room check

3:30-4:30 pm: Behavior review/day treatment group

4:45-5:20 pm: Dinner

5:30-7:00 pm: Quiet time, evening routine (shower, hygiene, etc.) and chores

7:00-7:30pm: Snack/medication administration

7:30-8:30pm: Menu choice – play period where different levels of activities are earned based on behavior during day

8:30-10:00 pm: Bedtime, based on age (later on weekends)

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Visit our Residential FAQs for answers to common questions about our residential programs.

Use our intake appointment checklist to make sure you bring all required items.

Follow our packing list as you prepare for your child’s stay at Brewer-Porch.

Read a detailed description of the IRT program.

Contact the program coordinator, Corliss Banks, LPC, via phone (205-348-4058) or email (cbanks@ua.edu) with any further questions.