At DBI, our goal is help young men and women overcome the challenges that have prevented them from living healthier and more productive lives. Our care empowers young people to become more successful members of their families and communities.

Learn About Our Admissions Process

To start the admission process at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, you will need to complete a referral packet. The information that you provide will be reviewed by our clinical director to determine if the youth is clinically appropriate for our program.

Our clinical director will assess the youth’s treatment needs, legal status, history within the juvenile justice system or foster care system, compliance with treatment recommendations, level of functioning, social relations, and permanency plan.

When you are completing the referral packet, you will also need to provide the following information:

  • Social history
  • Recent psychiatric history
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Education records (including IEP)
  • Previous residential service plans
  • Past treatment plans/records
  • Court reports
  • Court orders
  • DHS service plans

Admissions Criteria

To be accepted into Detroit Behavioral Institute | Capstone Academy, young people must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have an Axis 1 mental health diagnosis
  • Must have had a recent psychiatric evaluation
  • For Capstone Academy, youth must be adjudicated, and level of care must be identified as secure residential
  • For the Horizon program, youth must have an FSIQ in the range of 69-50, or must have demonstrated a history of developmental delay/cognitive impairment

Next Steps

Once a youth has been approved for admission into the residential treatment program here at Detroit Behavioral Institute, the intake process will begin. In order to complete the intake process and begin the development of an individualized treatment plan, the following information and documentation will need to be supplied for each youth:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Medical insurance card
  • IEP/educational records
  • Social history
  • Past treatment records

If a child or adolescent does not meet the requirements for admission, they will be provided with referrals for other treatment programs that may be able to provide them with more appropriate services based upon their specific needs.

What Past Clients Say

The admissions process went so much smoother than I expected and the staff helped answer every question I had, which really put me at ease.

– A former client