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Call: 804-612-3307

Fax: 804-474-9997

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FreshSTART is a short-term (90 day), assessment and diagnostic therapeutic group home tailored to address the distinct developmental, emotional, and behavioral needs of adolescents. FreshSTART provides on-site education, a psychological evaluation and a comprehensive assessment that emphasizes strengths and needs, offers diagnoses, and provides education and treatment recommendations that define a path for how to best meet the needs of a youth at discharge.

Not sure what your adolescent needs? Consider our 30-day stabilization track to help.


90 Day Assessment and 

Diagnostic Program

30 Day Crisis Stabilization Program

structured program of care


  • Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy (minimum of one session per week)

  • Weekly Family Therapy Sessions (in-person, phone, or virtual when available)

  • Weekly Issue-Focused Process Group Therapy

  • Psychiatric Services: On-call, same-day, and next-day psychiatric appointments, utilizing onsite telepsychiatry

  • On-site Educational Services

  • Daily Psychoeducational Groups

  • Daily and Weekly Program and Recreational Activities

  • Community Involvement: Opportunities for clients to practice and develop appropriate social skills through participation in off-campus and recreational activities.

Intercept Health's LifeBridge Continuum of Care ensures a seamless transition for clients as they progress from one service to another.

clinical expertise

Collaborative Team Approach to Prevent Care Disruptions

Clinicians Employed by Intercept Health

Clinical Care Coordination by Clinicians for Service Coordination and Referrals Before Discharge

Clinicians Attend All Community-Based Meetings, Including Court and FAPT Meetings

evidence based programming

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavior Modification (Positive, Reward-Based Approach with a Level System)

Positive Behavior Support System Implemented in the Educational Setting

family engagement

Clients are encouraged to maintain regular phone contact with their family members and identified supports on a daily basis.

Family members/guardians are encouraged to:

  • Participate in treatment team meetings.

  • Visit their child at least once a week, whether it's an onsite or off-campus visit.

  • Engage in monthly community activities sponsored by the home along with their child.

  • Collaborate directly with our Family Engagement Coordinator throughout the treatment process to strengthen, rebuild, or repair family relationships. This includes practicing positive communication strategies that promote healthy family interactions and maintaining a strong family connection while the child is residing outside the home.


FreshSTART Academy

Opened in June 2008, as a part of Intercept’s FreshSTART Assessment & Diagnostic Homes. FreshSTART Academy, licensed as a private-day school by the Virginia Department of Education, is VAISEF accredited and provides year-round programming to all residents for the duration of their placement. FreshSTART’s adolescent programs serve residents between 6th-12th grades and ages 11-17. We are licensed to serve students under the special education categories of Emotional Disability, Intellectual Disability (Mild), Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our classrooms provide a small student to teacher ratio, with one teacher and one teacher’s assistant for a maximum of eight residents at any given time. It is our goal to have each classroom lead by a licensed special education teacher. Students may or may not have IEP’s; however, they all are experiencing a struggle with behavioral health and psychiatric needs, requiring a nontraditional living and educational setting. Educational services are provided Monday-Friday and provide instruction in all academic classes required to earn a standard high school diploma in the state of Virginia. During the regular school year, our program follows the Standards of Learning and Standards of Quality developed by the Department of Education

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