Millcreek Behavioral Health is a leading residential treatment center in Arkansas for children and teens struggling with mental and behavioral health issues, developmental disorders, and addiction.

Admissions Process

At Millcreek Behavioral Health of Arkansas, we accept new clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Potential clients are referred by guardians, DHS, juvenile courts, outpatient providers, general physicians, schools, and other hospitals. In the hospital, the potential client receives a mobile assessment and following the mobile assessment, the mobile assessor meets with the client and guardian for assessment information. Information is also obtained from the referral source and/or current treatment provider – testing and previous treatment records are requested as needed. Additionally, we obtain Medicaid information and guardian release-of-information for each potential client.


If the client is being referred to our psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF), recommendation for treatment is obtained from the client’s current treatment provider and other sources as needed. Then, the PRTF team reviews the appropriateness of the admission to our residential treatment program and, if approved, information is then sent to Medicaid for approval.

If the client is being referred to our ICF/IID program, IEP and evaluation programming conference forms are obtained from the school as well as any testing from the previous three years. Our ICF/IID treatment team then reviews if the client is appropriate for our program and if he or she meets the requirements for the ICF/IID program; if so a prescreening interview is then scheduled with the client, guardian, and ICF/IID treatment team.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to our PRTF program must be approved by Medicaid for residential treatment, which requires documentation clearly illustrating that the client has failed or has not made enough progress in outpatient settings and/or acute hospitalizations. Medicaid requires a primary psychiatric diagnosis and residential recommendation letter or form from an outside clinician or source such as DHS or juvenile court. Millcreek will only accept:

  • Medically stable clients
  • Clients not considered to be sexual offenders
  • IQ level must fall within the range of one of our two programs
  • Behavioral and psychiatric symptoms must be stable enough to be treated in a residential setting

Clients who are admitted into our program must be between the ages of 6 and 17 and will be assessed by our multidisciplinary team of experts. Clients will undergo medical, diagnostic, and psychiatric evaluations in order to create a master treatment plan that identifies specific goals and interventions.