Student Services

The Right Services at the Right Time

Hillcrest Academy values delivering the right services to Ohio’s youth at the right time. Our clinical services address student risks and needs, providing the necessary support and connections which enable our students to return home successfully. Assessments calibrate services to each student so treatment plans are individualized, based on student need. Individualized Treatment Plans structure service delivery, and offer numerous occasions for healing and positive change.


Treatment services will be provided within a strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral and trauma-responsive environment by qualified clinical staff and guided by evidence-based principles.

Treatment Groups are delivered by highly qualified clinical staff includes Seeking Safety, and others. Hillcrest’s Clinical Services offers a selection of nine evidence-based individual and group therapies which are provided as prescribed on a student’s individualized treatment plan.

Family Services

Hillcrest is committed to delivering resources and proven practices to promote successful family integration. Our family services include:

Family Involvement. Families are invited to visit the Hillcrest campus to participate in games, interactive activities and partake in special meals to promote positive interaction. Where distance or other barriers exist, we assist families to participate in treatment by providing video conferencing, transportation and phone cards.

Family Therapy. Family therapy is delivered by licensed and certified clinical staff.

Family Support. Hillcrest provides regular opportunities for families to participate in special events. Through parent-teacher conferences, Career Fairs, graduations, and VALIDATE™ ceremonies, we enable families to participate in the youth’s academic and professional growth. Athletic games, holiday events and family fun activities promote engagement. We welcome family inclusion for community service projects and spiritual celebrations to strengthen familial connections.

Transition Services

Each student’s Transition Plan is individually prescribed to support students in leading productive and successful lives upon returning to the community. To access services and community supports, Hillcrest staff assist with logistics (e.g., transportation, phone calls, scheduling) while teaching self-sufficiency, self-advocacy and assisting youth and families with:

Education – contacting school district, trade school or college to provide transfer of credits, college preparation, and financial aid application assistance.

Family/relational supports – transitioning to community family therapist, peer support groups and other positive adult supports.

Employment needs – creating resumes, conducing job searches, and completing financial aid/scholarship applications for continued education and training.

Mental health/substance abuse – registering with community mental health centers, providing documentation and medication follow-up, and outpatient programs.

Recreational activities – locating gyms, local recreation centers, and transferring recreational activities learned at Hillcrest into their home communities.

Spiritual/cultural support system – locating churches, clubs and cultural events/activities.

Medical needs – connecting with outpatient medical services for continued health/wellness.