Berkeley & Eleanor Mann
Residential Treatment Center and School
Sheppard Pratt Respite Program

6501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21285
Referral Information:  410-938-5152
Director: Thomas Graham, M.S.W.
School Principal: Jeffrey Alperin, M.Ed.

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The Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center (RTC) of Sheppard Pratt is a program for adolescents with severe behavioral problems who require a self-contained therapeutic educational and recreational program in a residential setting. The center is located on the grounds of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, and serves males and females ages 12-18. Residents are referred by Core Service Agencies, Departments of Social and Juvenile Services.

In conjunction with their stay at the Mann Center, residents receive therapeutic special education services at the Mann Residential School, a 12 month program offering a broad array of academic and enrichment courses leading to middle and high school credits.

The Mann Residential School is located in the same complex as the Mann RTC and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The RTC employs a multi-disciplinary treatment team approach with a combination of individual treatment, group therapy, milieu therapy and psychopharmacology. Services are provided by credentialed psychiatrists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and residential counselors. The Center’s therapeutic services focus heavily on topics such as anger management, impulse control, improved self-esteem, reduction of post-traumatic stress symptoms, and respectful behavior. For residents with special needs, emphasis is placed on a medically integrated psychiatric model, with milieu focus on behavioral reinforcement and achievement of personal hygiene, independent living skills and pro-social behavior.

The Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center employs a treatment model known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT is a comprehensive treatment that blends cognitive behavioral approaches with acceptance–based interventions and mindfulness practice. The aim of DBT is to help adolescents who have many life-interrupting issues understand that they can develop a future which is effective and meaningful for them. The treatment package involves weekly psychotherapy sessions that work on building motivation as well as weekly skills training groups that provide structured skills learning and practice with the goal of transforming maladaptive behaviors and building resiliency with new coping behaviors and strategies. Standard DBT skills modules include training in interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. DBT interventions are used in all aspects of the residential treatment program.

Each resident of the Mann RTC is assigned a licensed clinical social worker who not only provides ongoing individual therapy, but who also serves as case manager. The case manager maintains contact with appropriate social agencies and external medical and mental health professionals. Additionally, the case manager coordinates the resident’s discharge planning process. Discharge planning begins upon admission and continues as part of the ongoing multi-disciplinary treatment planning, following the guidelines of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and appropriate federal and state licensing agencies. Whenever possible, discharge planning will promote the family’s reintegration.

Sheppard Pratt Respite Program
The Respite Program is a residential program for those patients who do not meet the clinical criteria for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization but have been recommended for a residential treatment center and have been unable to access that resource in a timely enough fashion. While residing in the Respite Program, patients receive an appropriate special education placement, which may be at the Mann Residential School, and other therapeutic services.

Funding for residential services is generally provided through state agencies, Medicaid and third parties, and educational services are usually funded through the Board of Education or Departments of Social Services and Juvenile services.

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6501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21285

Sheppard Pratt is inside the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) off of Exit 25.  Proceed south on Charles Street approximately 2.5 miles. Once on campus, follow the signs to the "A" (or Sheppard) building.

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