The Moderate Residential Program (MRP) serves children with moderate emotional and behavioral management problems that interfere with their ability to function in a family or community setting other than a residential environment. This includes both children whose needs cannot be met in their own homes or in less-restrictive settings such as foster care and basic residential, as well as children who have successfully completed a treatment program in a more restrictive setting such as intensive residential treatment, and who are ready to be stepped down to moderate to continue making progress toward returning to a home or community setting. Children in this program typically have some history of abuse or neglect and may have symptoms such as oppositional behavior, aggression, mood instability, and sexual acting out.

The average length of stay is 9-18 months but varies depending on the individual child’s needs, placement options, and progress through treatment. Program staff work closely with the family, social worker, and other professionals in order to develop an appropriate discharge plan and to ensure all necessary services are in place prior to discharge.

Children in the Moderate Residential Program receive a variety of services in order to help them meet their service and treatment plan goals. These services include but are not limited to

  • 24-hour awake staff
  • individual and group basic living skills instruction
  • individual and group therapy
  • family support
  • crisis intervention (when needed)

An interdisciplinary treatment team develops a comprehensive plan of care that closely maps onto each child’s individualized service plan (ISP). This plan is reviewed at least every 90 days.

Privileges on the unit and in the community are determined based on each individual child’s ability to manage their behavior and function successfully in group settings.

Children in this program attend the Tuscaloosa City School system, and may participate in extracurricular activities similar to children in the community, depending on their needs and behavior.

More Information

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

Look up contact information for the MRP.

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.

View a typical daily schedule for this program.

Read about your child’s rights while at Brewer-Porch