• Residential Programs


    The residential sites are treatment programs housed inside the Cleveland Christian Home and Children’s Aid Society.

    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District's teaching staff provides the educational components to the students that are actively participating in a residential treatment program. The students in this program have been assigned by the courts, hospitals or other mental health programs. 

    Children’s Aid Society - Applewood Center

    3518 West 25th Street, Cleveland OH 44109. 

    This program provides residential treatment for youth ages 11 to 18 who have a variety of severe mental health needs or have demonstrated self-injurious, risk-taking, and aggressive behaviors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, they work with clients to address each of their individual complex needs — building upon his or her strengths towards recovery. Their team works with the youth on character development and self-management, while learning leadership development and positive peer culture. 

    Applewood Center has two programs — Apple Blossom for Girls and Orchard for Boys — that provide the following services: 

    • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment
    • Crisis stabilization and intervention 
    • Discharge planning and case management that begins at admission 
    • Psychiatric consultation, evaluation and medication management 
    • Psychological testing
    • Partial hospitalization 
    • Routine medical, dental and optical care
    • Individual, family and group therapy
    • Milieu therapy, which provides consistent routines, rules and activities 
    • Therapeutic recreation and garden program 
    • Expressive art therapies 
    • Specialized educational services


    Cleveland Christian Home

    11401 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH 44111

    The Cleveland Christian Home exists to be a haven of hope and healing for children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse, and neglect. Cleveland Christian Home aims to be a center of excellence providing the highest quality services to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual needs of children, youth and families. Currently they are providing 3 therapeutic residential programming:


    Shelter Care

    Youth who are involved with the Juvenile Court are usually struggling with a multitude of problems. These young people often come from unstable or dysfunctional households and may not receive supportive parental guidance. Parent-child conflicts and domestic violence are not uncommon.

    With a primary goal of stabilizing behavior and returning youth to law abiding conduct, CCH’s main focus is to address physically or verbally aggressive actions and criminogenic risks as youth await a juvenile court case.

    Shelter Care youth participate in a daily group that addresses:  basic life skills, development of pro-social life goals, financial literacy, and consequences of continuing illegal behavior, drug/alcohol prevention and education about job skills.


    Open Residential Treatment          

    Open Residential Treatment has the capacity to serve students who are moderate – to severely emotionally disturb. Most of those referred to this program have a history of severe abuse, neglect, and unruly behavior and/or delinquency problems, and come from foster care, other residential centers or psychiatric hospitals.

    During the placement, the residents develop coping skills and learn to use self-control to change
    unacceptable behaviors and to grow psychologically and emotionally.

    CCH utilizes trauma informed, evidence–based, and culturally competent treatment approaches.


    Intensive Residential Treatment

    Secured Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) provides services for students who have a serious emotional disturbance and are in temporary need of a highly supervised and restrictive environment for their own safety and/or that of others. Most of these youth will be receiving psychotropic medications. The primary focus of the Intensive Treatment Unit is on the provision of services that strive to move the child from secured intensive residential care to a less restrictive environment as quickly as possible. ITU provides a trauma informed, therapeutically safe and responsive environment to help residents regain control of their lives.



    Contact Information

    Mrs. Dakota WilliamsProgram Administrator for Residential Schools

    Applewood Center (Children's Aid Society) @ Jones Home

    Cleveland Christian Home

    Email: Dakota.Williams@clevelandmetroschools.org

    (cell) 216-647- 2091

    (office) 216-865 -1812