Behavior Disorders: Cedar's Point

Cedars Point 

A Residential Treatment Model for Youth with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

Crotched Mountain's residential treatment model, called Cedar's Point, is designed to meet the specific health, treatment, and educational needs of youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems. With nearly 60 years of history in serving these populations in our school, hospital and residences, this model provides a safe, structured, and caring residential environment where children receive expert medical care, psychological care, therapeutic treatments, education and vocational development. Our focus is on successful reunification with family, permanency of relationships and reintegration into the community.


Populations and Diagnoses Served

Cedar's Point is open to boys and girls ages 13-19 with diagnostic profiles including severe mental illness, learning disabilities, and challenging behaviors. On average, participants are enrolled in the program for six to 18 months.


Evidence-Based Therapies and Approaches

Clinical services utilize a trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) approach, which incorporates elements of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Informing treatment with these processes allows clinicians to address trauma history, while simultaneously helping individuals to modify behavior, develop more adaptive problem-solving skills, become more present focused and improve the quality of interpersonal relationships.


As a leader in positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), Crotched Mountain offers alternatives to the use of intrusive behavioral interventions through the Mandt® System, Gentle Teaching and strong post-behavioral supports. In addition, occupational therapy with a focus on sensory integration is a significant component of the Cedar’s Point model.


This collaborative, relationship-based approach combined with evidence-based therapies, helps uncover the underlying reasons behind each child's behavior, allowing us to build scheduled, structured interventions and activities that meet each individual’s needs.


Academics and Vocational Training

Youth continue to grow academically and vocationally during their residential treatment at Cedar’s Point. They can attend Crotched Mountain School or local schools to receive credits toward their high school diploma. They can also learn responsible work behaviors in genuine workplace environments through vocational development and exposure to varied on-campus professions.


Residential Life

Located in the beautiful New Hampshire countryside, youth at Cedar’s Point live on campus in secure, licensed residential settings supervised by specially trained staff. Residences have a high staff-to-client ratio, awake overnight staffing, a supervisor and alternate staff trained in PBIS and each individual’s physical and emotional health care. A crisis-response team is on call 24/7 for immediate crisis intervention support to both youth and residential staff.

Crotched Mountain's 1,400 acre campus offers youth a chance to spend time in nature, as well as a wide range of recreational resources including a pool, lakeside beach, hiking trails, gymnasium, bowling alley and media center.



Cedar's Point staff work closely with youth to help them define and shape their own goals for the future - for home, school, a career, and for life in general. We focus on a successful reunification with family, permanency of relationships and reintegration into the community. Our goal is for every child to learn how to live a healthy and productive life, both independently and as part of a community.



  • NH Licensed Child Care Facility, ages 5-20
  • NH DCYF Intensive Residential Treatment Certification
  • Certified as an Individual Service Option Provider
  • An approved school by the NH Dept. of Education offering a full range of PK-12 curricula leading to an accredited high school diploma and school credits
  • Teachers certified in Emotional Handicap (EH)


Cedar's Point Staff

  • Classroom teacher
  • Counselor
  • Graduate level clinical interns
  • Neuro-psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Rehabilitation technician
  • Service coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist
  • Therapeutic recreational therapist


Cedar's Point Components

  • After care
  • Clinical case management
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Education
  • Family counseling
  • Health and nursing
  • Psychiatric services
  • Vocational education


Staffing Ratio

Residential - 2:1 and 8:1 during sleep hours
Counselor/psychotherapist - 10:1

To refer children to Cedar's Point residential treatment model, contact: 

Director of Admissions 
603.547.3311 ext. 1894  

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One Verney Drive Greenfield, NH 03047 Tel. (603) 547-3311