Hope Hill's Residential Treatment Program

On the Robert and Ruby Kitchen Campus, we give adolescent girls a safe, supportive environment to heal and move forward from past traumatic life experiences. Our integrated, evidence-based and trauma informed care therapy practices treat serious emotional and behavioral problems in young people, as well as co-occurring disorders.

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Hope Hill offers intensive residential treatment for girls through our advanced, secured location on a beautiful and remote campus just outside of Mt. Sterling, KY. This innovative program is designed to meet the treatment, educational and health needs of girls ages 12-18 with severe emotional and behavioral problems. A child-to-staff ratio of 5:1 allows Hope Hill to provide intensive treatment while maintaining a level of safety that creates an environment of trust. Video cameras strategically placed throughout the building also support a setting where child safety is the upmost priority.

The right environment is key for successful treatment. Sometimes a child needs more structure and individualized treatment than foster care or outpatient can provide. That’s where Hope Hill’s Residential Program fills the gap for the hardest to place adolescent girls in the state of Kentucky. Research has shown that gender-specific adolescent treatment facilities are most effective in treating adolescent mental and behavioral health issues, trauma, and substance abuse. We invite you to CONTACT our Admissions Team and take a tour of our facilities today in person or virtually.

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Campus Life

Our location offers privacy and safety, in surroundings of natural beauty, with a limited number of residents at any given time. Experience has taught us that keeping our groups small and intimate results in dramatically better outcomes for sustainable healing and personal growth. Ten to twelve adolescents live in the same cottage and spend all day together—attending class, eating meals, and participating in activities as a group.
Each cottage includes a community room, bedrooms, bathrooms, showers, a kitchen, laundry room, and an office for the counselors.

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Group therapy, life skills activities, homework and free time all take place in a cottage community room during afternoons and weekends. There is also plenty of outdoor space for recreation activities, group activities, picnics, etc.


Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses including:

  • Addiction

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Family and interpersonal relationship difficulties

  • Low self-esteem & poor self-image

Hope Hill’s unique EAP program mirrors client’s inner thoughts and feelings, offering them a new way to connect with themselves, process their emotions, and explore behaviors and relationship patterns that have become problematic in their day-to-day lives.

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Evidence-Informed Practices & Treatment Modalities

Hope Hill’s personalized therapeutic approach allows us to meet the unique treatment needs of every adolescent we serve. Our evidence-informed practices and treatment modalities include:

All Masters-level and licensed clinical staff are TF-CBT Trained