Chestnut Ridge Center offers two long-term residential treatment services for adolescent males.

Adolescent males, 13-17 years of age, who are experiencing legal problems due to the excessive use of alcohol and other drugs or who have committed sexual offenses against others may be referred through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services (WVDHHR) or the juvenile justice system to one of the residential treatment programs.

Treatment Modalities
The interdisciplinary treatment team is led by a psychiatrist and includes social workers, nurses, mental health specialists, clinical therapists, and representatives from the ancillary disciplines: art, experiential, and recreational therapies. Group therapy is the primary treatment modality. All youth are encouraged to participate and support one another. Emphasis is placed on experiential, hands on learning combined with assigned treatment goals that include written assignments, workbooks, and group presentations. The your will work on substance use, sexual offending, criminal behaviors, family issues, depression, anger, school, grief and loss, surviving childhood abuse, and other goals as directed by the treatment plan.

Art therapy, Experiential Therapy (Ropes course and Wilderness Program), Therapeutic Recreation and Healthy Leisure skills, Community Service through training “Hearts of Gold” therapy dogs, Spirituality, and Family Therapy are vital parts of the treatment process.

All youth participate in an on-grounds school through the Monongalia County School System. Grades will transfer to the youth’s home school.

The Specialized Residential Treatment Unit provides extended inpatient treatment for individuals who have exhibited acts of sexual perpetration. Males who have predatory issues along with emotional and behavioral problems and have not been successful in lesser restrictive environments are candidates for this unit. The Specialized Residential Treatment Unit offers a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program within a structured therapeutic environment. The average length of stay for successful completion of the program is 9-12 months.

Admission Criteria

  • Adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 17 (the youth may remain in treatment until the age of 21)
  • Must have a current psychological evaluation (within the past year)
  • Must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis
  • Must be moderate to high risk to sexually offend
  • Intellectual functioning above an IQ of 70 (65-70 IQ will be considered)
  • Adjudication is preferred but not required
  • Must not have benefited fully from a less restrictive treatment program

Please make referral in APR then fax the referral information to 304-598-6307. For more information call 304-598-6364.

Referral information should include:

  • A psychological evaluation completed within the last year
  • A detailed history of drug abuse or sexual offenses, criminal behaviors, family, and school information

Upon receipt of the referral a date and time will be arranged to meet with the client for a face-to-face interview.

An MCM1 must be completed and sent to WVMI for approval.

Below is a list of items that patients can bring with them when they are admitted.

It is important that all items are brought with the patient at the time of admission. This includes seasonal clothing. If additional clothing is required, Chestnut Ridge requests clothing vouchers twice a year.

Patients should not bring more than the number of items specified due to space issues.


  • No more than five dollars cash is permitted when admitted.


  • One light weight jacket
  • One winter coat
  • One pair of gloves


  • One baseball cap
  • One toboggan


  • One pair tennis shoes (good)
  • One pair tennis shoes (old )
  • One pair shower shoes (required)
  • One pair of sandals
  • One pair of winter boots
  • One pair of rubber soled cleats


  • Nine pair of socks
  • Nine pair of underwear
  • One pair of thermal underwear
  • Seven T-shirts
  • Five non T-shirts (long sleeved button-up shirts)
  • Seven pair of shorts
  • One pair of khakis
  • Seven pair of jeans
  • Three sweatshirts
  • One pair of sweatpants
  • One pair swimming trunks


  • One belt (required)
  • Watches (allowed)
  • Wallets (allowed)


  • Personal hygiene items (CRC can provide items if necessary)
  • Razor (electric and regular)
  • Shaving cream

Laundry Items

  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener

School Supplies

  • Paper
  • Pencils / pens
  • Calculator
  • Notebooks for school and treatment work
  • Spiral notebooks and mechanical pencils are not allowed


  • Personal pillow and blanket
  • Radio with headphones
  • CD’s (CD’s are approved or denied by staff, and CD’s with a parental advisory attached are not allowed.)
  • Cassette tapes are not allowed
  • Stamps

Bahar Altaha, MD

Assistant Professor/ Director, Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Service
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Erica Arrington, MD

Associate Professor/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
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Toni Goodykoontz, MD, JD

Assistant Professor/ Section Chief - Psychiatry, Director - Inpatient Adolescent Programs
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Taniya Pradhan, MD

Assistant Professor/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Kirk Ramsey, MD

Assistant Professor/ Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Adolescent Director of Specialized Residential Treatment Center
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Janie Howsare, MSW, LICSW, MPA

Associate Professor/ Faculty Staff Assistance Program
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Chestnut Ridge Center


930 Chestnut Ridge Rd Morgantown, WV 26505