A Premier Short-Term Residential Treatment Center in Independence, Missouri

Our premier short-term residential treatment center in Independence, Missouri, just outside of the Kansas City area, offers inpatient treatment perfect for adolescent and teen girls and boys struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Our program's beautiful location provides a peaceful, serene setting for your son or daughter and family to reflect and grow. During your child’s stay, they can participate in therapeutic activities, coed sports, scavenger hunts, hiking, swimming, frisbee golf, movie nights, arts and crafts, and more.  

For youths struggling with school refusal, anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts), and other mental health issues, the earlier they’re diagnosed, the more effective inpatient treatment can be. Identifying behaviors and symptoms early on and getting help, including specialized care, can prevent further and more severe problems from developing as your child enters adulthood.  

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Tour Our Short-Term Residential Treatment Center in Missouri

Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment

We believe that substance use and substance addiction co-occur alongside many mental health struggles. With that in mind, our Independence, Missouri, short-term residential treatment center helps adolescents and teens understand how to navigate difficult drug and alcohol issues while also overcoming mental illnesses. Our inpatient treatment options include SMART, substance use recovery, substance use counseling, recovery groups, and substance use education.  

Conditions We Treat

Inpatient Treatment and Therapies Offered

Our program’s mental health services are highly recognized. Specialized inpatient treatments and areas of focus at our Independence, Missouri, facility include: 

Our Therapists and Team

Ken DeBlock

Position: Clinical Director

Ken DeBlock

Clinical Director

Insurance Reimbursement

Insurance plans frequently reimburse mental health treatment at our short-term residential facility. To determine if your plan will cover the cost of inpatient care, contact our teamor fill out ourinsurance verification form. We’ll work with your insurance company for free to help you understand your benefits. Let us help you demystify insurance coverage for short-term residential treatment. 

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A Day at Our Missouri Treatment Center

Our treatment program offers a structured, supportive learning environment designed to promote healing, self-care, and emotional wellness. The schedule for youths at our Missouri residential facility includes mental health and daily living activities, individual and group inpatient therapy, exercise, and meals. This approach, in combination with family therapy, is designed to build confidence, strengthen relationships, and improve social-emotional functioning. 

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Group Therapy

3 p.m.

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6 p.m.

7 a.m.
Rec Activities

8 p.m.
Evening Routine

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Our Therapeutic Activities in the Ozark State

In addition to traditional inpatient therapy methods, our residential treatment facility’s beautiful location next to the Missouri River will allow your adolescent or teen to participate in therapeutic and experiential activities like rock climbing and hiking. We also offer therapeutic trips to Kansas City for parent weekends, a color run 5K, Kansas City Royals baseball games, and talent shows. These activities will help your child apply the skills learned at the program in real-world environments while also learning healthy and appropriate ways to enjoy life. 

All activities at our inpatient facility fall within one of the five domains of functioning: social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual. Participating in each of these five domains can help adolescents and teens learn how proactive activities can improve mental health.  

Here are some examples of activities youths can participate in at our Missouri treatment center: 

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Music Class 

Arts and crafts 


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Service projects 

Talent shows 

Trivia night 

Game night 

Movie theaters 


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Spiritual retreats 

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Strength training 





Frisbee golf 





Nerf wars 

Gaga ball 

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Cultural events 

Culinary class 

Automotive class 

Trade skills class 

We Serve Families Across the Country

Our short-term residential treatment facility offers coed inpatient treatment and support for adolescent and teen girls and boys who may be struggling with mental health issues in Independence, Missouri, and across the country. Our clinicians provide customized behavioral health treatment using evidence-based methods. Youths at our residential facility are treated for issues like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder in a nurturing, restorative environment in Missouri so they can overcome challenges that may be affecting their everyday lives. 

Our short-term care typically lasts around 90 days. Adolescents and teens best suited for 24-hours care at our residential treatment center often come to our Independence, Missouri, location from another program or an unsuccessful living environment. At our trusted facility, we provide empathetic and supportive inpatient treatment so your child can learn how to better manage daily life tasks and make healthy lifestyle changes. 

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Independence, Missouri, Treatment Center FAQ

During short-term care, adolescents and teens will live at our beautiful residential treatment center in Independence, Missouri, and participate in activities centered around treating mental health conditions and healing. Some of the benefits of short-term care at Embark are that it’s more affordable than long-term care, the shorter care we provide means teens and adolescents can more quickly transition back into life at home, and it’s frequently reimbursed by insurance. 

The main differences between our program and a typical inpatient treatment facility are the environment and length of stay. Our beautiful location in Missouri provides youths with short-term residential treatment in a healing, nurturing setting and a schedule that mirrors home life but with therapy mixed in throughout the day. Inpatient treatment usually takes place in a hospital environment. Our facility also provides a longer treatment time, lasting around 90 days on average compared to an inpatient hospitalization stay that often lasts for several days. 

The length of treatment differs for each adolescent and teen, but on average, inpatient treatment at our Missouri facility lasts around 90 days. 

Youths from all over the United States come to our short-term residential facility in Missouri for the intensive 24-hour care it provides for a wide range of mental health and substance use issues. For adolescents and teens who have safety issues or a lack of support at home or who need a high level of care after an inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment, our program can be a good option. 

Our short-term residential treatment is necessary when your youth’s mental health needs are too great for outpatient care or when they’re stepping down in treatment intensity, for example from an inpatient hospitalization program. Short-term care can also be a good option if someone feels unsafe at home or is trying to break out of a negative daily routine. 



It can be hard for youths to think about or accept going to a short-term residential treatment center to address their difficult mental health issues. Help motivate your adolescent or teen to embrace this type of treatment by asking open-ended questions about their situation and how this experience could improve it. Reassure them you’ll provide support by participating in family therapy during their stay and maintaining regular communication with them while they’re at the facility. Share success stories from short-term residential treatment programs. We’re happy to provide a few testimonials from our Embark locations.   

Reviews of Our Short-Term Residential Center in Missouri

ENVP Valerie Edwards
ENVP Valerie Edwards
02:37 12 Apr 23
I would highly recommend Embark for a family struggling with what to do with their child. We were lost and just needed him to get the help he needed and it provided a perfect reset for him. The staff was absolutely wonderful! I cannot say enough about them! From the whole admissions process to the weekly check-ins we had with his therapist Tim, the support you receive there is amazing! In addition to the amazing support we received as parents, our son really connected with his therapist, his teacher, and quite a few staff members. Our favorite part of his stay at Embark was our family therapy sessions! I do feel like for the first time as parents we were heard and Tim did a great job of helping all of us work on improving our communication with each other to strengthen our family unit and helped prepare our son to come home. We also loved that Tim worked with our son for his individual therapy sessions, we found this beneficial when it came to really knowing the whole story that led our son to Embark. The teacher Kelly was very sweet and reached out multiple times to touch base with me about our son and how he was doing. She really seemed genuine and I appreciated her ability to see the good in my son even when he had some rough days too. Julie with admissions was phenomenal and went out of her way to help us throughout the whole process. I also really loved Julie the nurse at Embark, she was very thorough and I felt like she actually knew our son and cared about his well-being. Our son’s favorite staff members were Nick, Harry, James, Carson, & Chris. We felt like they really gave our son a safe space to talk and he really grew to like & trust them. I would HIGHLY recommend Embark! Our son just came home yesterday and so far everything has went so smoothly. We are hopeful about his future and are grateful for the 60 days our son got to be there. We do feel like he did learn a lot !
Lexee Nelson
Lexee Nelson
23:51 24 Mar 23
The best thing about Embark is the people who work with the kids. Staff is patient and kind. It takes a certain type of person to work with struggling teens. I love my coworkers and I adore working with these kids everyday!
Liz Cook
Liz Cook
16:42 27 Dec 22
Embark (previously Shelterwood) was a life saving experience for my son. The staff there were so wonderful in caring for him while he was away from our home. The teachers were amazing at making sure he stayed on top of his education while there. He acquired so many tools that he brought home so when things get tough he has them in his back pocket. Our relationship is better because of it!
Kelly Wilson
Kelly Wilson
15:51 27 Dec 22
Great place to serve teens who are struggling with mental health. Amazing colleagues who are dedicated to increasing the capacity of mental health supports. Embarks motto is creating joy and healing generations. Come check us out!
Ken DeBlock
Ken DeBlock
19:44 13 Dec 22
Embark Behavioral health has been a great place to work. Staff are caring and professional. Teens live in a structured environment designed to support and address a verity of mental & behavioral health issues. I would recommend Embark Behavioral Health in Missouri to any family who has a struggling teen in need of a short term (60 to 90 day) residential treatment stay.
Bobbi K
Bobbi K
16:43 03 Dec 22
My son was able to finally get a handle on his mental health and begin to see his value in this world. I’ll treasure those moments of breakthrough for forever.
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A Continuum of Mental Health Care Offered Across the U.S.

If short-term residential programs don’t offer the level of care your adolescent or teen needs, Embark Behavioral Health offers a range of exceptional treatment and therapy options across the United States. 

From virtual counseling to outpatient therapy, our robust continuum of care will provide the right level of treatment to help your child overcome difficult mental health challenges.    

Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how they’re changing the lives of adolescents, teens, and young adults across the U.S., helping them embrace a fulfilling and purposeful future.   

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Embark Behavioral Health

3205 N Twyman Rd,
Independence, MO 64058