Goal of Program


  • To teach independent living skills in a therapeutic setting





  • For up to 8 residents, 1:8 with additional support

  • 24 hours per day, 365 days a year


Length of Stay


  • Minimum 3 months, maximum 5 years



Population Served*


  • Males & Females, 13-19 years old

*Licensed from ages 13-17 but can admit and retain youth to age 21



Treatment Modalities


  • Therapeutic facility

  • Structure

  • Behavior modification

  • Trauma & Attachment Informed Care

  • 1:1 counseling

  • Positive role models

  • Positive peer culture




Appropriate Referrals

At-risk male and female adolescents with any of the following needs:

  • Limited coping skills, relationship skills, life skills and other aspects of adolescent development


  • Youth in need of Independent Living Skills




  • Youth with specific learning disabilities


  • Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depressive Disorders, ODD, Personality Disorders, PTSD


  • Mild Intellectual Disability (not less than full scale IQ 70 - some exceptions).

    • Those with an IQ less than 70 may be considered when there is supporting documentation that indicates:

    1. The Resident's needs can be met in this facility

    2. The care of the other Residents will not be jeopardized

    3. Staff are trained to deal with any related IQ issues


  • Youths not appropriate for foster home placement


  • Pregnant teens until they become a parent (not licensed for babies)


  • Youth with behaviors that can be addressed in a non-hospital, non-secure setting with the support of pharmacological and psychiatric services available in the community


  • Youth who have successfully completed an approved substance abuse or sexual offender treatment program and are in need of a step-down placement

Inappropriate Referrals

Those not appropriate for placement are youth whose needs cannot be met by STARS staff or program, including, but not limited to those with:


  • MR (below full scale IQ 70 - some exceptions)

  • Residents in need of hospitalization or other secure environment


  • Exhibiting current psychotic behaviors


  • Sexual perpetrators who have not successfully completed an approved sexual offender treatment program


  • Fire setters who have not completed approved treatment


  • Primary treatment need is substance abuse treatment


  • Youth that would not benefit from the program


Download 2018 Rate Sheet 

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Options for submitting the Referral Application:


  • Save the document to your computer and complete it electronically


  • Print out a hard copy of the application and complete it by hand


When the form is complete, simply email it to referrals@thestarsprogram.com or fax it to 434-970-2044

Interested in making a referral but have some questions first? Complete the form below and someone from our team will be in touch!


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