Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program

Promesa Behavioral Health has been in the business of helping children and youth for over twenty five years. Promesa operates Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs for both female and male youth. We provide shelter and therapeutic care to youth who have been neglected, abandoned, and physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused. We accept youth between the ages of twelve to seventeen from counties all over the State of California. Youth are placed through Department of Children and Family Services and Juvenile Probation. We also accept placement through the Adoptions Assistance Programs, (AAP).We offer specialty programs that include a male Sex Offenders program and a Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program in addition to our traditional Adolescent Behavior Modification programs. Our homes are located in residential neighborhoods throughout Fresno County with one home located in Madera County. Most of our homes are three bedrooms with two baths that include a pool at three of our locations. Our program provides 24 hour care by teams of qualified Child Care Workers. Our overnight staff remains awake and accessible to our youth.

Many of our youth have severe mental health needs resulting in inappropriate behaviors. Youth are held accountable through a structured daily milieu encouraging and rewarding positive behavior and redirecting problematic behavior through appropriate interventions.

Promesa Behavioral Health receives the state approved rate for STRTP placement services and all referrals are AFDC-FC eligible.

Specialty Programs

Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program

Some clients who come to Promesa are pregnant and/or parenting. These clients are able to participate in the Residential Treatment program while preparing for child birth or they are accepted into the program with their child to prevent separation.  Each client participates in a Parenting Education Curriculum.  If a client comes to the program with substance abuse issues, they will be assessed for the Pre-natal Substance Abuse Program.

The agency utilizes community programs such as Exceptional Parents Unlimited and Fresno County Health Department for additional parenting education. Our clients also belong to Teen MOPS, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers. These mentors provide support to our pregnant and parenting teens. Teen MOPS offer extra-activities including BBQs, dinners and holiday activities.

Our Millbrook Residence offers single rooms to parenting teens with their own bathrooms. The home has eleven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, two offices and a play room. This program can accommodate up to twelve clients and nine infants.  Rooms are furnished with a bassinet, crib or toddler bed, a diaper changing table and rocking chair.

Sex Offenders Program

Promesa Behavioral Health operates a residential treatment program for male children ages twelve to eighteen with a history of sexually offending behavior. The program will focus on giving the children a stable environment to resolve their problems and address their needs.  The structured environment provides these adolescents with a day to day routine.

The clients participate in daily therapeutic groups.  The environment is highly structured and well supervised.  The clients are participating in full-time school, individual activities, and group activities.  The goal of the treatment milieu will be to provide a rehabilitative atmosphere so that clients will learn strategies that will allow for successful reunification with their families.

Each client participates in an extensive psychological evaluation which includes a detailed personality test upon placement, reviewed by a Licensed Psychologist. Residents will also be exposed to the basic elements of  The Good Life Model.  The Good Life Model focuses on the natural desire of people to seek positive experiences.

The overall goal of this component of the treatment is provide the resident with a new sense of self and life direction while simultaneously acquiring the necessary skills to avoid acting out through effective self-regulation.

Program Services

Individual/Group weekly
Substance Abuse Treatment
Groups meet twice a week
Anger Management Curriculum
Groups meet weekly
Psychiatric Services
Available weekly
Independent Living Skills
Groups meet weekly
Recreational Services
Educational Services
Job Training

Service frequency is individually driven and additional services will be offered based upon client need. All of our core services are provided directly by Promesa personnel.

How To Refer a Client


Promesa works collaboratively with all Counties in the State of California. We accept placements 24-hours a day, seven days a week including holidays. It is as easy as making a phone call.

  • During regular business hours placements can be made by calling 559-439-5437, or by asking for the Intake/Placement Coordinator.
  • After hours, weekends and holiday placements can be made by calling 559-994-0104 or 559-960-4302.

If you are interested in placement, please fax a referral including the minor’s most recent court report, IEP if applicable and psychological evaluation if available. The placement fax line is
559-435-2076. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff work quickly in preparing applicable paperwork and assigning support staff so services can begin immediately.

Wellness Plan

Promesa participates in the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services National School Breakfast and Lunch program. Included in the program is a wellness plan that we have developed to promote a healthy and balanced diet and regular exercise. Promesa welcomes any input from potential stakeholders regarding development or update of the agencies Wellness Plan. Please contact the agencies Residential Director of Programs if interested.