• Intake referrals are reviewed for admission based on meeting criteria for the scope of services.
  • The average length of stay is 3-6 months.
  • All youth are given an opportunity to make telephone calls and mail correspondence to persons approved by the Department of Children's Services.
  • During the first 24 hours the youth is assessed by therapists, nurses and education staff and provided an orientation to their living dorms by youth counselors. The identified Mental Health personnel are on call 24 hours per day, seven (7) days per week in the event of a Mental Health Emergency.




  • Medical staff includes Licensed Mental Health Professionals, a Therapist, Licensed Practical Nurses and contract services with a Psychiatrist and Doctor's Care Clinic.
  • Medical Department is open sixteen (16) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
  • Youth are given a physical exam within the first fourteen (14) days of placement.
  • Johnson City Medical Center is used for emergency hospital services. Carter County Health Department is used for dental services. 



  • Facility Director oversees all programs at the facility. The facility has a vast array of programs that focus on Mental Health Treatment, Art, Music, and Recreation Therapies and Education.
  • Youth receive groups daily, individual therapy weekly and as needed, and family therapy twice a month with birth and foster parents.
  • Treatment modality focuses on trauma-informed care along with anger reduction therapy and other evidence-based treatment modalities.
  • Facility has faith-based services offered through a local church.
  • Education Department is staffed by a Principal and two (2) teachers, one of whom specializes in special education.
  • Youth attend school the same number of hours as regular Carter County Schools.
  • Youth attend bi-weekly treatment team meetings that are facilitated by a licensed clinician.
  • A behavioral motivation system is used to help reward pro social behaviors and modify maladaptive behaviors.
  • Facility is required by contract to maintain a 1:5 ratio of staff to individuals, on first and second shifts and a 1:8 ratio on third shift.
  • Youth participate in TOPS (Teen Outreach Program), completing service learning projects that benefit the program and community.
  • Upon discharge, youth will continue to receive services for a period of time determined by the continuum contract with Omni Community Health.
  • Youth participate in a daily structured activity schedule which tracks the activities completed by youth each hour, excluding sleeping hours.


Living Areas

  • Facility has two levels with one living area, multipurpose room, cafeteria, sensory room, therapy room, outdoor recreation space and a classroom.
  • Youth are provided three (3) meals per day approved by a nutritionist and a snack. Special diets are provided as necessary.

Center for Success & Independence - Elizabethton Academy

Location of the Facility

  • Facility is located at 450 Hatcher Lane, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
  • Facility opened at its current location in 2014.
  • Academy is operated by Youth Opportunity Investments.


Contact the Facility

  • Facility contact is 800-544-6574 or 423-617-0959.

Facility Size and Make-Up

  • The facility is contracted for 16 youth.
  • Females ages 12 through 17 receive treatment at the facility.
  • Facility serves both dependent/neglect and adjudicated youth who need intensive mental health treatment.