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Red Hawk Academy
Therapeutic Boarding School for Struggling Girls

About Us

Expert Therapy for Troubled Girls

Red Hawk Academy for Girls is a residential treatment center for troubled girls, ages 12-17, who are experiencing future-impacting relational or emotional difficulties brought on by trauma. Limiting our care to 24 girls allows more attention to be given to each struggling girl by our therapists and trained staff. An individualized therapeutic plan and focused care helps our residents move to a better place mentally and emotionally in a much shorter period of time, alleviating the difficulties and broken relationships they are currently experiencing. Our therapeutic boarding school helps struggling girls find positive new ways to manage life’s obstacles and traumas that have strained their well-being and relationships in the past.
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Our Services

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    Equine Assisted

    At Red Hawk Academy for Girls, we utilize the Eagala Model as our framework for all Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Eagala is a distinct experience…

  • Rec Therapy, Ropes Course
    and Hiking

    Each week our girls experience numerous recreational activities. Adventures include horseback riding, hiking, swimming, kayaking…

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    Individual, Family And
    Group Therapy

    Therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation that becomes the foundation for an individual’s personal therapeutic plan…

Residential Treatment Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Residential treatment at Red Hawk Academy for Girls is individualized care in a residential setting that involves 24 hour support staff, 7 days a week. It combines intensive individual therapy, group therapy, equine assisted therapy, recreational therapy and in-house educational services. It is designed for young women who are making poor choices and need a high level of support for mental and behavioral health concerns. Often young women in the residential treatment setting have previously, or are currently, engaged in dangerous behaviors like cutting, suicidal ideation, drug or alcohol abuse, risk-taking behaviors, and running away from home.

At Red Hawk Academy for Girls we utilize a wide range of therapy to help our girls make change in the ways that are best for them. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is utilized for young women who have difficulty with emotional regulation. Equine Assisted Therapy in the Eagala Model is a powerful treatment option to treat numerous issues. This is a solution focused approach and can often be effective where other therapies have not worked. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is utilized as a traditional method to recognize thinking errors and dysfunctional styles of thinking. It can enhance positivity and help elevate moods. At Red Hawk, we also involve many experiential therapy approaches where young women are able to be “hands on” in their treatment. Recreational therapy is also an integral component of treatment. Young women take part in horseback riding, sports activities, ropes courses, gardening, hiking, swimming, and exercise. All therapy is designed specific to each young woman’s individual needs to help her build the tools she needs for successful change.

Yes, yes and yes!! At Red Hawk Academy for Girls, we believe parent and family involvement is an integral part of the therapy process. We help families learn skills that will help their child find success when returning home. Parents and family members are given assignments to work on during the week that adds strength to their daughter’s treatment. Often these exercises are part of weekly family therapy sessions. Parents also participate in parent weekends at Red Hawk Academy. These weekends are one of the best parts of therapy at Red Hawk! Parents and their daughters are able to work together build experiences to support reunification after treatment. Red Hawk helps families build skills for future success.

We try to focus on positive change and less on specific time frames for program completion. With this in mind, we are sensitive to the financial and emotional sacrifices being made by our resident’s families. The length of time a resident is in treatment varies due to personal needs of each individual. We do not take a “cookie cutter” approach to treatment. Therapy will depend on your struggling teen and how she responds to services. On average, our residents stay anywhere a minimum of 10 months.

There are many options to pay for our program. 1. Insurance- Your insurance may pay for all or part of your daughter’s treatment. Often we can negotiate with your insurance company for full or partial payment of services. It usually depends on your plan and mental health benefits. 2. Family members- Many families have reached out to close family members for help even with partial payment of services. In combination with other options, this can contribute to partial payment. 3. Home equity loans- Often families will borrow money at a lower interest rate than traditional loan methods. Consult your CPA if this is a good option for you. 4. Trust or education funds- Some families have funds set aside for educational needs. 5. Credit cards- The Red Hawk Academy program accepts all major credit cards. 6. Educational Loans- we work with several companies that provide educational loan programs for the type of treatment Red Hawk offers. Please contact us for more details. 7. School Districts- Many school districts can authorize payment for the educational component of your daughter’s treatment. Contact your local school district for more information.

The Red Hawk Academy Financial Department will contact your insurance as a courtesy to you. We will consult with you concerning your coverage amounts and remaining costs. Each insurance company is unique and may cover different amounts. In some cases, residential care is not a service covered by insurance, and in other’s rates are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

We accept personal checks, cashier’s checks, cash, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS.

The Red Hawk Academy Financial Department can provide you with information for other payment options. They are available Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 4:30pm and can talk with you about these options.

The only person who can truly “guarantee” change is your daughter. Lasting change does not come with force. One of the greatest predictors for change comes when parents are willing to honestly look at themselves and are open to change as well. We work with the whole family system and not just the resident receiving direct services. Our residents often come to treatment resistant and angry. Usually over a short time period our residents become comfortable in the treatment setting and start developing relationships with our loving staff and therapists. Soon her walls begin to drop and she is able to allow the program to work for her. Often our residents are reluctant to leave when the time comes for them to graduate.

Your child will be assigned a case worker, and this case worker will come in contact with you ASAP when your child is admitted.

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Cycle of Hope


We know how difficult it is to have your daughter away from home, and so we created an intense therapy program designed to be completed as quickly as possible. This allows struggling girls to more quickly move on to the next stage of their life. The program of our residential treatment center is powerful and actively engaging while the girls are here.

We strive to make sure your daughter doesn’t fall into old ways of thinking as she returns to home. All girls in our care receive 90-Day Aftercare when returning home, as we continue to assist them through their journey. This support helps facilitate continued success, prevents them from falling into their old ways, and brings confidence in their journey.

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Sonny Faaootoa, executive director

We believe each YOUNG person is a unique individual. We
respect the contributions they have made and will make in
their lives and to their communities. We are sensitive to their
social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We
believe strongly in providing a physical environment that is
safe, clean, healthy, and oriented to the highest quality of life.

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Red Hawk Academy is a residential treatment center (RTC) for teenage girls who are experiencing difficulties in life.

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