Providing High Quality Psychiatric Care

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183 Fiddlers Ln,
Kingston, TN 37763
Phone: 865-376-2296 Fax: 865-376-0369

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Over the last several decades, Kingston Academy has been providing high quality psychiatric care to at-risk children and youth from across Tennessee and throughout the United States. Kingston Academy provides services as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) capable of meeting the needs of 52 children and adolescents. Kingston Academy takes a multidisciplinary approach to care by examining the holistic needs of the child and working as a team with key supports and stakeholders to improve outcomes and support emotional well-being. Both our Residential and Educational programs are licensed and accredited through Joint Commission, the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Kingston Academy also provides services to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services to support foster children who are needing additional stabilization or higher level care.

Psychiatric residential treatment

In addition to our three living areas, which house children in rooms of 2 or 3 residents per room, Kingston Academy has an excellent school that includes seven classroom settings catered to the varying academic needs of our residents, a nurse's station to facilitate medication management and medical support for residents, a library with various media to assist with research and learning, and clinical offices where residents receive care, support and opportunities for growth. Residents receive individual and family therapy each once per week and received a variety of different group therapy options to most effectively meet the developmental and emotional needs of our residents. Our therapists have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and other treatment modalities to offer a variety of ways to approach the complex needs that drive poor outcomes in our residents. Residents also have the opportunity to engage in various expressive therapies, which can include Recreational therapy, Play therapy and other therapeutic interventions.

Kingston Academy collaborates with partners from around East Tennessee to offer programming including Equine Assisted Therapy (EAGALA), Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) and Humans and Animals Learning Together (HALT). Kingston Academy focuses on behavioral change through the power of choice. Staff builds strong relationships with residents to help them understand the choices that they have and model how to engage in more positive emotional well-being. Providing high levels of structure and consistency, coupled with our multidisciplinary approach to care, allows trust to grow between our residents and staff.

Therapeutic day school program

In addition to our psychiatric residential treatment program, Kingston Academy also supports our surrounding school systems through our Therapeutic Day School program. The Therapeutic Day School seeks to offer support to children and youth who are struggling with psychiatric and behavioral health needs at school, at home and in the community but who do not need residential-based care. The Day School services students from 5-17 years old and receives referrals from local school districts. Our Day School students are able to receive the same quality education as our residents and the educational professionals at Kingston Academy partner with Day School students' home districts to facilitate both credit maintenance and retrieval.

Therapeutic Day School students are able to receive treatment around their behavioral health needs through therapeutic interventions by our clinical and group living professionals around campus. Students may either receive outpatient treatment at the program, in the form of one individual therapy session and one family session per week, or maintain their established outpatient providers to ensure that the youth's needs are put first and foremost.

Programs Offered

  • Psychiatric residential care for boys ages 5 to 17 years old
  • Psychiatric residential care for girls ages 5 to 17 years old
  • Therapeutic Day School for students ages 5 to 17 years old

Student profile

  • Females and males, ages 5 to 17 years old
  • Full-scale IQ above 70,
    • If below 70, each student will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Mood- and Trauma-related Disorders
    • Depressive Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • ADHD
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation
    • Developmental Trauma
  • Experiences difficulties with mood instability, anger or aggression
  • Exhibits poor coping or problem-solving skills
  • History of at-risk behaviors towards themselves or towards others
  • Non-compliant with authority figures or limit-setting

Whom do we serve?

Kingston Academy provides services for females and males ranging from 5-17 years old who present with symptoms related to a specific psychiatric or mental health diagnosis. The program strives to empower children and families towards growth by providing quality and effective multidisciplinary treatment. Kingston Academy uses evidenced-based practices to provide clinical intervention to children and youth who have been unsuccessful in outpatient treatment and who have difficulty maintaining safety within intensive, 24-hour per day supervision.

Kingston Academy typically provides care to children and adolescents who show signs of significant psychopathology due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Our residents are typically putting themselves or others at-risk due to thoughts and gestures to kill themselves or others, engaging in self-injurious behaviors, or attempting to be physically aggressive to others. Residents also typically evidence low frustration tolerance, poor problem-solving skills and justify negative behaviors by blaming others. Due to their psychiatric diagnosis, residents also are often non-compliant with authority figures.

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Dawn Kozlowski
Director of Admissions Phone: 865-376-2296 ext. 115 Fax: 865-376-0369 Referral Email:
Lorraine McConahy, M.S
Executive Director Phone: 865-376-2296 ext. 103 Email: