Helping troubled youth move toward recovery.

Residential program:

Bethany’s Residential Treatment Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers comprehensive treatment for young males aged 10 to 17 who have demonstrated sexually aggressive or inappropriate behaviors. This program offers your son a loving, home-like setting. Each unit contains a kitchen, dining area, living room, and bedrooms. The Unit Therapist, Unit Supervisor, and Youth Counseling staff offices are also located in the unit.

Our treatment program is individualized to meet your son’s needs. Each program includes group, individual, and family therapies. Licensed psychologists conduct tests and assessments of each youth. Activity therapy is provided so your son can improve social skills like cooperation and teamwork. Aftercare therapy supports youth as they transition back into their communities.

We would be happy to serve your family through our Residential Treatment Program. For information on program costs, education, therapy services, and more, please see our Parent Handbook.

A typical school day looks like this:

7:00 a.mWake up and eat breakfast together
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.mAttend School
3:30  p.m.Snack
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.Attend group therapy, a physical activity, group initiatives, or life skills class
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Eat dinner and work on house jobs
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.Homework time
8:00 - BedtimeFree time, personal hygiene, and evening house jobs

Bedtimes are between 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. depending on level privileges.

Who we serve:

We serve young males aged 10 to 17 who have demonstrated aggressive or inappropriate sexual behavior.

These youth may also:

  • Present a risk to the community due to sexual offending behaviors.
  • Qualify for treatment in a medium-security program.
  • Be moderately aggressive, angry, hostile, or under socialized or demonstrate anti-socialized behavior.
  • Be diagnosed with psychological issues.
  • Have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Have low academic achievement, truancy, or expulsion from school.
  • Have a history of delinquency.
  • Be abuse and neglect wards of the State.

Contact us:

Please do not hesitate to contact us with referral questions or to review the intake process or treatment options. We can also provide you with alternative treatment options.

Deb Westveer, Intake Coordinator

Mark Barnhouse, Clinical Supervisor

Bethany Christian Services
Residential Treatment Program
901 Eastern Ave NE
PO Box 294
Grand Rapids, MI 49501


Some insurance companies  cover the costs of residential treatment. Inform your carrier that the Counsel of Accreditation, or COA, accredits Bethany’s residential program. Subsidies may be available through the Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health, care management organizations, juvenile courts, and the Michigan Adoption Subsidy.



Phone contacts, letters, and visitation between the youth and family, friends, and workers are encouraged. A list of approved contact people will be developed with the referring agency worker, therapist, and family. When the resident demonstrates a certain level of trust, home visits can be arranged.


Each situation and process is different. However, if you are wondering where to start, Bethany can help. Call our Intake Coordinator and explain your situation. She is trained to answer those difficult questions and will assist you with getting help.



Your role as a parent is crucial in the treatment process. You will be provided the opportunity to be involved in much of you son’s treatment process. Your involvement is encouraged to include: school conferences, treatment review conferences, family therapy, and review of court or agency reports.


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