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Founded in 1903, Eliada Homes, Inc. provides a myriad of services to assist at-risk children and adolescents including residential and day treatment facilities, day care, foster care, therapeutic foster care, therapeutic recreation, and community support services.

Mark Upright, J.D., M.B.A., is the President and CEO of Eliada Homes. He has been employed in treatment and educational services for 20 years. His prior employers include Tabor Children Services and The Association for Independent Growth. He received his MBA from DeSales University and his JD from Rutgers School of Law. Dr. Stephen Kiratzis is a psychiatrist and the Medical Director for the facility. He received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He has previously been employed by the Smoky Mountain Center, Grandfather Home for Children, and Stone Mountain School.

The RTC program at Eliada caters to children with a history of emotional or behavioral problems. They employ DBT therapy and behavioral management techniques. Family, group, and individual therapy is also used in this program and students attend group therapy twice a week. The facility also operates a fully accredited private school, Eliada Academy. The school employs a therapeutic learning environment and incorporates educational trips into their curriculum. The school accepts children ages 10 to 17.

The Community Support program at Eliada works with youth experiencing severe emotional or behavioral issues. The program aims to prevent the need for future placement or more drastic action by educating families and the through case management

[This information came from the Eliada Homes, Inc. website.]


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