Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center
Focused on serving youth and families, offering them alternative resources and tools so they can overcome the challenges in today’s world.
Pathway Family Services’ Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) in Topeka, Kansas provides a 24/7 comprehensive residential treatment program for youth with significant emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse difficulties. Our professionally trained treatment team works actively with families, hospitals, community mental health centers and other social service agencies to offer a strengths base approach to successfully return youth to their home and their community.
Our highly structured treatment environment serves boys and girls age 6 and older. The PRTF treatment team develops a comprehensive therapeutic case plan with each youth. Our youth are engaged in onsite group and individual therapy, medication monitoring, medical services, and recreational activities. Each youth is assigned to an environmental friendly room. They also have available to them private restrooms/showers, laundry and day rooms and a spacious dining/activity hall. Off-site supervised activities are also available.
Education while in the program
An educational program approved by the Kansas State Board of Education is provided by USD 437. Their involvement in special education programs has proven to be very successful. This program may include on and off-site special education or regular education experiences. The educational program is free of charge and is appropriate to the needs of each student.
To send referrals or receive further admission information –
Serving youth ages 6 and older
Highly structured environment
Provider Agreements with DCF and JJA
Accepts private referrals from families
PRTF Waiver Services
Pathway Family Services, Inc.
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
4101-B SW Martin Drive
Topeka, KS 66609
Gaven Ludlow, Director of PFS Operations
At Pathway Family Services, Inc., we believe the family is the most important piece to a child’s ability to thrive. Our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) works actively with families, child welfare agencies, hospitals, and community mental health centers, in collaborative partnership, to offer strengths-based, culturally competent and medically appropriate treatment.
Our (PRTF) provides comprehensive mental health treatment to children and adolescents who, due to mental illness, substance abuse, or severe emotional disturbance, are in need of treatment that can most effectively be provided in a facility such as ours.
PRTF programs are designed to provide short-term, intense, focused treatment that is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and to promote a successful return to a youth’s family or to another less restrictive community living situation as soon as clinically possible.
To send referral or receive further admission information
Phone (877) 810-8583
Our building was totally renovated to house Pathway Family Services’ programs. The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility is approximately 30,000 square feet and was opened in May 2010.
We know that this is a difficult time for youth and for their families, but we want to assure you that our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process all along the way. It is our goal to provide kids with the tools to live happy and productive lives.
Upon admittance to our PRTF, our experienced case coordinators meet new residents and spend time with them so they can be evaluated for immediate care they may need. Our on-site nursing staff will also do a non-invasive medical exam to assess the youth’s overall well-being and to review any medications they may currently be on. Our medical staff is prepared to make sure our residents are getting the very best care. Residents are also seen at least monthly by the on-site psychiatrist and usually more often as needed.
Pathway Family Services, Inc.’s PRTF is a Medicaid Provider
Developing relationships between staff and the youth we serve is paramount. Group therapy and individual time with our residents creates a safe environment for them to work through problems and find the tools to help them succeed in life. Our caring therapists tailor therapeutic strategies to our resident’s individual needs.
During our community meetings, both staff and kids meet for PRTF announcements, goals, and communications.
Our residential wings are divided by gender. We have a total of 31 beds. Wall murals were also painted by staff. The PRTF halls depict scenes from the ocean floor, favorite sports team logos and faces of familiar animated characters.
Each wing has a private restroom/shower as well as a larger restroom with multiple showers and toilets. Laundry rooms are provided in each wing for youth to do their own laundry.
Our rooms are designed with safety in mind as well as colors that are calming and homey. Each of our residents are provided a bed, desk and open shelving.
Because the youth we serve may be struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or severe emotional disturbance, their safety and security are of utmost importance to us. Our staff is trained and experienced in being alert to potential safety issues and how to create a secure environment for youth to grow and thrive through their treatment.
Additional safety measures:
Windows are unbreakable, one-view plexus-glass. No blinds or curtains.
Screw and light bulbs cannot be removed without special tools.
Electric shavers, hair dryers, toothbrushes are used only with supervision.
Doors must be unlocked to be used as fire exits, however, when doors are pushed open, there is a slight delay before it opens. In that amount of time, staff will be able to attend any unauthorized exits.
Security cameras are in place. The laundry room has clear window where it is in full of the security staff.
Although our Topeka TRAIL residence and CPA licensed office share this building, they each have separate doors. The PRTF is its own building.
While in our PRTF, a youth’s education can continue. Our experienced teachers provide an education program approved by the Kansas State Board of Education through our partnership with USD 437. Caring for their students is exemplified by the unique partnership we have with USD 437 where they provide off-site special education when needed as well as regular education experiences.
This education program is free of charge and meets the needs of each student.
Our kitchen staff work hard to provide healthy, creative meals for our residents. We have a full-service kitchen and a large, spacious dining hall.
The dining hall becomes a multi-purpose room that is used daily.
When not hosting group therapy, it becomes a place where residents can play ping pong, work out frustration on the punching bag and socialize with peers and staff.
Our day rooms give our residents the opportunity to socialize with other peers, watch television, read, or do homework in a living room like setting. When possible, our staff encourages our residents to take advantage of time outdoors… fresh air, sunshine, and exercise!
You will often find youth playing basketball or spending time outdoors.
The Pathway PRTF staff is unlike any other I have ever worked with. There are new and fresh ideas shared daily. Each resident and staff member strives to utilize their individual strengths to improve themselves and their surroundings. We are able to encourage each other through challenge and celebrate successes. That is what makes our environment so unique.
~ Gillian Anderson, Case Coordinator
Names and details have been changed to protect privacy.
Tyler came to the PRTF in a very depressed and withdrawn state. In one of his initial meetings he shared that the majority of his social contacts in his home community were being made through online gaming. During his time at the PRTF, he experienced his treatment in stages (avoidance, resistance, and eventually acceptance) and was eventually able to grasp very complex therapeutic themes and apply them to his own situation. He was able to utilize the program to learn how to develop relationships with others and foster his natural leadership abilities. His mother described him on his discharge date as “a totally different kid”. Update: Tyler’s mom has shared that Tyler has adjusted well to public school and that he is developing healthy relationships.
While Ben was going through the program at the PRTF, he made great progress as an individual toward his goals related to the support required upon admission. Ben was also able to strengthen his bond with family and community supports. Update: Since his time at the PRTF, Ben has transitioned into independent living through Pathway Family Services, Inc.’s TRAIL program.
While at the PRTF, Cami was very focused on her treatment. She engaged in groups and individual therapy and returned to living with her family after discharge. She is one of the PRTF’s many success stories!
Cynthia came to the PRTF from a family that had a strong history of drug use. Over time, she began to build trust and strong relationships with the staff at the PRTF. Cynthia was able to work with multiple staff members and process some losses through therapy that have allowed her to be successful in the community thus far. Update: Cynthia has called PRTF staff many times to keep them updated on her progress and has verbalized many times her desire to do well and not continue to be caught up in some of the family norms she came to the PRTF with.
Trevor was able to complete his program at the PRTF successfully. He came in with physical aggressive behaviors, but he was able to process with histherapist and eliminate his acting out behaviors when he did not get his way. Trevor needed help with transitions and interactions with peers. Staff were able to help him adjust to changes and Trevor was able to build relationships with peers and staff while at the PRTF. Trevor was discharged live with a family member who was a positive role model in his life. Update: Trevor has been able to work through issues and rebuild family relationships.
Brandon’s mother placed him at the PRTF for self-harm and hearing voices. The doctor changed Brandon’s previous medications and he stated that he was no longer hearing the voices. Brandon worked with his therapist and staff on his self-harming behaviors and he successfully completed this program in less than 60 days. Update: Brandon and his mother have actively participated in family therapy processed through their family discord, and have been able to strengthen their bond.