Short Term Adolescent Residential Treatment (START)

At Casa Pacifica, we help kids and families to overcome some of life’s most difficult circumstances – trauma, complex emotional and behavioral issues, family crises.

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START Here!

Casa Pacifica’s Short Term Adolescent Residential Treatment (START) program is designed for youth ages 9 through 17 years old and specifically addresses a wide range of mental health issues including:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Illicit substance use
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Depressive and Bi-Polar Disorders

You can be sure that the people and programs at Casa Pacifica meet or exceed the standards set forth by several different accreditation institutions.


Learn more about our commitment to quality services, best practices
and advocacy for children.
  • Click to See Why START Works

    Why Start Works

    We provide a comprehensive and structured set of services that meet the varied and complex needs of children, youth and emerging adults in our care.

    • On-site school with credentialed teachers
    • State-of-the-art music program
    • Multi-disciplinary treatment team
    • On site health clinic
    • Psychiatric medication management
    • Daily group therapy
    • Individual therapy 3-4 times per week
    • Family therapy
    • Daily skills groups and practice
    • Recreational therapy
    • Experiential therapies
    • Integrated psychiatric care

    See what a typical weekly START schedule looks like.
  • Click to Meet the START staff!

    Meet the START Staff


    We know that choosing the right program can be challenging.

    At Casa Pacifica, we follow a relationship-based approach to supporting and serving young people and families. We meet people where they are and, through the development of connected relationships, guide them in building on strengths and meeting their needs. Our programs use a range of research and evidence supported strategies according to the program focus and specific needs of the child, youth, or family.

    Our multidisciplinary team are highly qualified and licensed professionals that are psychologists, psychiatrists, LVNs, recreational therapists, music therapists, and youth development specialists.



    Use the form below to contact us for a free confidential conversation or call (805) 366-4000.

    Get to know the Casa Pacifica START staff.
  • click to See What Others Are Saying About Casa Pacifica

    Why Healthcare Providers and Families Choose START

    Nothing speaks louder about the success of the START program than comments and praise from patients, families and professionals. Here are just a handful of testimonials from people who wanted to share their outcomes.

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    “I am forever grateful to Casa Pacifica for the help they gave our family. Their staff are incredible; we have our son back home.”
    - Parent of a START Client
    “Casa Pacifica loved me until I learned to love myself.”
    - START Client
    “While at Casa Pacifica I learned to trust adults again and for the first time in my life I felt safe, respected, appreciated, and loved.”
    - START Client



    “Casa Pacifica gave me the hope, strength, and tools I needed to move forward with my life.”
    - START Client
    “I really wish that we could have these services forever – my relationship with my son is completely different.”
    - Parent of a START Client
    “You guys are awesome and make a huge difference for families that may have never received any services.”
    - School Principal



    “I have been shown more love and respect in the two years I have been here than in any other time of my life. I now realize that life can be wonderful and enjoyed.”
    - START Client
    “You held my son even when he said he didn’t need to be hugged...and he became a vibrant young man in your arms.”
    - Parent of a START Client


  • Click to See If Your Insurance Plan Is Accepted By Casa Pacifica

    You’ve Decided. Now, Does Casa Pacifica Accept Your Insurance?

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    You want the best for your child and for your family and that’s why you’re here inquiring about the START program. Because each insurance plan is different, Casa Pacifica works with both you and your insurance company to establish individual eligibility. The best thing to do is to contact us and we will help determine what the next steps should be.

    Use the form below, call us at 805.366.4000, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a confidential conversation about your specific needs.

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  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accredited Member
  • Council on Accreditation – Accredited Member
  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers – Accredited Member
  • American Association of Suicidology – Accredited Member