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Due to our role as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment (PRTF) program, most residents at Norris Academy will need ongoing psychiatric evaluation to assist with management of unhealthy symptoms or mitigation of unsafe behaviors.  Our psychiatric department is comprised of our Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and 24-hour per day Registered Nursing staff with specialized training in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diagnoses.

Upon admission, each resident will be evaluated by our psychiatrist within 24 hours to determine the effectiveness of the current medication regimen and recommendations will be made about any suggested changes.  If your child is admitted to Norris Academy, it is important that you bring the following items to ensure that your child’s current medication history is well known:

  • Current Medications (in bottles with labels)
  • Recent paper prescriptions provided by outpatient medication managers


Our residents will be seen by the psychiatrist at least one time per week at the start of treatment as an effective medication plan is developed to assist with their psychiatric symptoms.  Additionally, our nursing staff observe and evaluate our residents’ psychiatric needs on a daily basis to ensure both medication compliance and changes in psychiatric or behavioral symptoms.