Getting Started

At Embark, we understand there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to helping adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues. If you're ready to explore treatment options, our caring, empathetic staff is here to help your entire family grow and learn together.

Start by reaching out to us online or giving us a call at 866-479-3050.

So you know what to expect, an overview of our admissions process is reflected below:

Step 1) Contact Embark Admissions.

Step 2) Work with us to verify insurance.

Step 3) Complete a client screening.

Step 4) Secure insurance approval.

Step 5) Enroll in a program.

With locations across the U.S. and virtual counseling services, we are here to serve where and when it’s best for you.

If you’re unsure when to consider professional treatment, you can reach out to us online or give us a call anytime at 866-479-3050.

We also have mental health resources that you can explore, including the Embark Behavioral Health blog and our free Parenting Guide.

*This article is for informational purposes only and not to be considered medical advice. If your child is having a mental health emergency, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for immediate support by calling, texting, or chatting 988. You can also text HOME to 741741 -the Crisis Text Line- from anywhere in the country to talk with a trained crisis counselor.

Absolutely! It’s our priority to provide families with helpful resources and tools throughout their healing journey. Visit our blog where we post relevant, timely articles focused on preteen, teen, and young adult mental health every week. We also send a weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Most of our community-based programs also offer a biweekly parent support group. You can reach out to our admission line at 866-479-3050 with questions and for event location and time details.

Learn more about behavioral health and mental health treatment options here.

Yes. Regardless of whether or not your child seeks treatment through Embark, we want you to feel supported with mental health resources for your child and family. A few resources that we have available to parents are:

  • Expert blog: Features articles that cover timely topics on preteen, teen, and young adult mental health.
  • Parenting guide: Includes information on the roles of safety, secure relationships, communication, and consequences, along with five essential tactics for parenting a child who is experiencing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, suicide, substance abuse, and more.
  • Weekly newsletter: Highlights announcements, updates, upcoming events, and the latest tools for parents.

About Embark

Embark Behavioral health is the nation’s leading network of family behavioral health treatment centers, with 19 programs in 14 states, and growing.

We are recognized for many of our leading programs, and unlike any other organization, we offer a full continuum of care; a unique specialization and deep legacy of serving youth; an evidence-based treatment approach that focuses on relationships and family systems; the highest level of quality care and safety standards; and a set of validated outcomes, which help drive treatment in real time and can be measured two years post-discharge.

Embark’s programs use our signature CASA Developmental Framework, which creates a therapeutic relationship through Commitment, Acceptance, Security, and Attunement (CASA). This allows teenagers, young adults, and their families to developmentally heal.

Due to our standard of care, Embark recently became one of the first behavioral health organizations in the United States to undergo and be awarded the new system accreditation and The Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission.

Treatment needs are highly personal. However, every client and family member working with Embark can expect access to the country’s most robust continuum of premier services, which can be tailored to your family’s needs.

At Embark, we provide a Continuum of Care, with different levels of service and programming based on an individual’s changing needs. The continuum is used to step up or step down services and treatment intensity.

Treatment Options and Programs

As the world’s most respected family behavioral health provider, we provide mental health treatment for preteens, teens, and young adults and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health and substance use issues. Learn more here.

We specialize in preteens, teens, and young adults. Our different programs are designed to support specific age ranges, so depending on your child’s needs, we’ll work with you to figure out the most appropriate treatment plan. Learn more about treatment options that can help. Please give us a call at 866-479-3050 or check with the individual program you’re interested in to learn more about the age range supported.

Our treatment facilities are located across the U.S. Depending on what type of treatment is right for your child and where you live, we can support you with virtual counseling, outpatient clinics, short-term residential treatment, long-term residential treatment, wilderness therapy, transitional living for teens and young adults, and more.

In order to determine the most appropriate treatment for your child, you can start by learning more about the programs here. You can also contact us online or give us a call at 866-479-3050.

Once you contact us and are connected with our admissions team, they will complete a screening to help determine the appropriate level of care.

An overview of our admissions process is reflected below:

Step 1) Contact Embark Admissions.

Step 2) Work with us to verify insurance.

Step 3) Complete a client screening.

Step 4) Secure insurance approval.

Step 5) Enroll in a program.

We understand that seeking treatment can be overwhelming. To help demystify the process, you can speak with a member of our admissions team by contacting us online or giving us a call at 866-479-3050.

Our Continuum of Care provides different levels of service and programming based on an individual’s changing needs.

Treatment options include:

Learn more about our treatment options here.

We offer a variety of therapy options for preteens, teens, young adults, and their families.

Therapies that we specialize in include:

What to Expect

You can see video testimonials from our clients and their families here.

Hear directly from our CEO, Alex Stavros, about what we’re doing to keep our clients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including creating a robust and multidisciplinary Embark Coronavirus Taskforce.

 You play a critical role in your child’s treatment plan and healing journey. Whether attending family therapy, participating in parent coaching, or seeking your own therapy, you will have an active role in the process.

As you work with us to determine the right treatment plan for your child, we can decide the most appropriate way for you to be involved in healing.

Throughout treatment, your child may have changing needs based on the experience and their healing process. To ensure we meet clients where they are, we provide a Continuum of Care, with different levels of service and programming based on how your child’s treatment needs change over time.

From the very beginning, we are thinking about next steps. Our therapists understand that the treatment they provide includes continuing care. We will work with you, your educational consultant, and any others to ensure your child’s continuing care is planned well in advance.

Once a specific type of treatment or program ends, your child may need a different level of support to continue their healing journey, which could include continuing care.

We offer family therapy, parent coaching, family intensives, and more. While family involvement is essential to your child’s treatment, the specific type of involvement may vary depending on the program that best meets your needs.

Logistics

The length of treatment will depend on your child’s individual needs. You can learn more about our treatment options here, or reach out to us if you have specific questions.

Once you contact us and connect with our admissions team, they will complete a screening to help determine the appropriate level of care. An overview of our admissions process is reflected below:

Step 1) Contact Embark Admissions.

Step 2) Work with us to verify insurance.

Step 3) Complete a client screening.

Step 4) Secure insurance approval.

Step 5) Enroll in a program.

Yes. At Embark, we believe that distance shouldn’t stand in the way of getting expert help. We offer virtual counseling services, our comprehensive, premier, private pay support system tailored to you and your child.

Read more about virtual counseling here.

 Overall, we strive to demystify insurance and billing for families seeking treatment. We will walk you through the steps of verification of benefits, determining if you have the proper coverage to bill the insurance and what the authorization process entails, as well as submitting claims to the insurance for coverage.

Embark is currently an out-of-network provider with insurance companies, but most major carriers work with us. If you do not have out-of-network benefits, we will seek a single case agreement, which is a patient-specific contract between an insurance company and an out-of-network provider, when permitted by your insurance company. We are working with many insurance carriers to become contracted as an in-network provider.

Medicaid is only accepted through a few payors at our Calo program. We are unable to accept Medicaid for our other programs.

Learn more about insurance options.

Prior to your child beginning treatment, we’ll work with you to gather information regarding your insurance policy. Once this information is collected, we will verify your benefits by obtaining detailed coverage information.

During the verification of benefits process, we will consult with your insurance company and will obtain authorization requirements for different levels of care. After this consultation occurs, we will partner with you so you understand what to expect along the way.

You can learn more about how we work with families to demystify insurance here.

When appropriate, we may consider payment options that align with your financial situation. Check with your admissions adviser to learn more.