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Turnaround Ranch - Transitional Youth Housing


Focusing on youths' needs

Turnaround Ranch, a 36-bed residential treatment facility for adolescents ages 13 – 18, provides 24-hour care for youths experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. Located on 20 acres west of Joplin, Missouri, the main campus includes six cottages, a school, a gymnasium and outdoor recreational areas.

Why choose Turnaround Ranch?

Our philosophy is built on the belief that youths need a trauma-sensitive environment that provides safety from physical harm and further trauma. We strive to provide our youths with the ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions in socially and culturally acceptable ways. Our programs focus on the individual needs of each person – helping them learn to cope and resolve what has happened to them.


  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Recreational activities
  • Targeted case management
  • Trauma-informed environment
  • Substance abuse education
  • Medication administration
  • On-campus educational services
  • In-home treatment
  • Family integration events


Types of Treatment

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Behavioral dysregulation
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Attachment or abandonment problems
  • Absence of self-worth
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sexual acting out
  • Academic problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family problems


Facility features

  • Trauma-informed trained staff
  • Youth-guided care
  • Cottage living group size – 12 or less
  • Daily group therapy or group meetings
  • Programs based on positive reinforcement 


Tailored Programs

    The Successful Kids program for young men is built on the belief that our youths need a setting that is trauma sensitive and aware of environmental triggers that produce trauma memory. This program helps youths and their families learn replacement behaviors and develop lasting skills that allow the youths to more effectively handle their intense emotions. To determine needs, the youths are evaluated in several areas. This allows the team to develop various methods or experiences that help youths learn new skills.

    Turnaround Ranch Pride Unit, a residential treatment program, is designed to treat dual-diagnosed adolescents, ages 10 – 18. Youths with a major psychiatric condition, as well as a developmental or delayed disability, are treated by therapists who can meet their special needs and bridge the continuum of services they require.

    Who Qualifies?

    • Adolescents with an Axis I diagnosis, qualifying as a severe emotional disturbance
    • Adolescents with an Axis II diagnosis, showing a developmental disorder with an IQ above 50
    • Adolescents with an IQ below 50 considered on a case-by-case basis



    • Educational classes
    • Daily goal setting
    • Case management service
    • Daily recreational therapy
    • Individual therapy twice weekly
    • Group therapy three to five times a week
    • Weekly visits with cottage treatment team
    • Weekly family therapy
    • Psychiatric contact twice monthly
    • Structured therapeutic activities 40 hours a week
    • Community group meetings twice daily
    • Therapist and case manager offices on-site



    • Cottages designed like private residences with one to two adolescents per bedroom
    • Laundry room and equipped kitchen
    • On-site school


    Specialty groups

    • Relapse prevention
    • Victim empathy
    • Human sexuality education
    • Anger replacement training
    • Drug/alcohol education group
    • Sexual abuse/sex offender sessions
    • Social skills classes including manners, body language, and various social interactions
    • Functional skills classes including hygiene/health, laundry, cooking, nutrition, cleaning chores, home maintenance, and accessing transportation


    Family participation

    Active involvement and casual visits of family members in therapy are encouraged to ensure treatment goals match family or referring agency goals. 

    Referrals are required. To get started, ask your doctor to call Turnaround Ranch Admissions Coordinator at 417.347.7860.  

    The South Cottage - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a form of psychological counseling that treats behavioral problems within a setting of acceptance and compassion, helps teach our residents how to regulate their emotions. This program assists adolescent girls with common struggles they face on an individualized and a group basis. The South Cottage treatment team believes personal responsibility for one’s actions helps empower our youth to learn from poor decisions, and to make healthy, positive decisions/actions. We believe that independent work on the residents’ part helps enable them to learn new skills. The DBT model primarily focuses on taking the patient on a growth process from surviving to effectively coping with and redirecting the wilting impact of stressful situations and emotions.

    Designed for adolescent males experiencing emotional and behavioral dysregulation.

    JOURNEE, a residential treatment program, is designed to meet the needs of male youths who are sex offenders or act out sexually. Early intervention and treatment reduces the number of victims in a community. JOURNEE program therapists and case managers are graduates of Ohio University Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist Certification Program.

    Who qualifies?

    • Adolescent males, ages 13 – 18
    • Adjudicated and non-adjudicated
    • IQ of 70 and above


    We provide a variety of services, including

    • Needs assessment conducted upon admission
    • Individual and family therapy
    • On-site school
    • Psychoeducation
    • Recreational therapy
    • 40-hours weekly structured therapeutic activities
    • Psychiatric care and medication
    • Residential treatment team meetings


    Education group topics

    • Responsibility for pre-admission offense
    • Victim awareness and empathy
    • Restitution
    • Offense cycles
    • Relapse prevention
    • Self-management of behavior and anger
    • Human sexuality
    • Grooming behavior
    • Awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors leading to offending
    • Alternative behaviors to prevent re-offending


    Referrals are required. To get started, ask your doctor to call Turnaround Ranch admissions coordinator at 417.347.7860.

    The Transitions Program is a step-down program designed to treat youths who still require structure and support but are able to attend public school. This program teaches independent living skills and helps youths rely less on the care of an institution while becoming better prepared for living in the community. Youths in the Transitions Program take part in a wide variety of therapeutic activities that focus on problem-solving, communication, living skills, appropriate use of leisure time and teamwork. As they progress, youths in this program are able to participate in community and school activities as well.   The Older Youth Program caters to for those 16 and older who are stepping down out of level IV residential care. These youths have needs that require experiences and programming that can effectively prepare them for independent living.

    The Aftercare Program promotes family empowerment. It provides in-home services designed to strengthen and keep families together. Service is comprehensive, flexible, community based and consumer driven.

    Family Focus, a nine-month residential treatment program, is designed to meet individualized needs of adolescents while allowing them to remain in their family home.

    Who is a candidate?

    • Any child/adolescent currently in a residential treatment facility who is ready to transition back into their home and community.
    • A child/adolescent entering into a residential facility in order to prevent long-term placement
    • Children and families who need additional support in order for a child to stay in his/her home, thus preventing residential treatment altogether
    • A child /adolescent, age 10 – 18, male or female, within a one-hour drive of Joplin, who has a placement family as a resource



    •   In-home individual and family therapy
    •   Intensive case management
    •   Communication and social skills learning sessions for
    •   child and family
    •   Psychiatric services
    •   24-hour crisis intervention
    •   Involvement with child’s school
    •   Family budgeting and money management
    •   Linking of community services and resources
    •   Respite care
    •   Residential treatment, if needed


    Our goals

    • Keep families intact
    • Shorten residential care length of stay and prevent 
    • out-of-home placement
    • Increase stability in home after reunification Strengthen families to help them become self-sufficient


    Referrals are required. To get started, ask your doctor to call Turnaround Ranch admissions coordinator at 417.347.7860.

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    Turnaround Ranch

    Joplin, MO

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