The Berkeley & Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center (RTC)

Medical Director: Susan Villani, M.D.

Director: Paul Daugherty, R.N.

The Berkeley and Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center (Mann RTC) is a 63-bed treatment center that serves adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral problems, who require a specialized educational environment, a therapeutic milieu, and recreational and community based activities. The average length of stay at Mann RTC is 6-11 months, with the goal of moving the adolescent back into the community as soon as they are ready.

Residents are referred to Mann RTC by Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Services, a psychiatrist, the local Core Service Agency, or by their families. While under our supervision, we provide 24-hour care in a supportive and nurturing environment. Our multi-disciplinary team works together to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses both the therapeutic and educational needs of the adolescent. Services are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinicians, activities specialists, occupational therapists, nurses, and residential counselors.

Treatment focuses heavily on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), but also includes:

  • Individual and group therapy 
  • Family therapy 
  • Initial and ongoing psychiatric assessments 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Recreational and community based activities 
  • Medication management 
  • Educational programming 
  • Development of independent living skills

Each resident of Mann RTC is assigned a licensed clinician who not only provides ongoing individual therapy, but who also serves as case manager and maintains contact with the appropriate social agencies and external medical and mental health professionals. The case manager also coordinates the resident’s discharge planning process, which begins upon admission and continues as part of ongoing multi-disciplinary treatment planning.

Mann RTC residents receive their educational services at The Mann Residential School, a full day special and general education school that operates as a 12-month program. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the growth of each student in cognitive, social, and emotional areas, so that the student is able to return to a less restrictive environment in the community. We offer a range of academic and enrichment courses, including art, technology skills, and computer skills. Residents also have access to a multi-media library and gymnasium.

The Mann RTC is located on the grounds of Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson, Maryland, giving us direct access to our onsite mental health professionals and our inpatient hospital. The campus is beautiful, with large, open areas of grass and trees. It's a soothing and healing environment, which further enhances our programming as we work to assist residents and their families move on with their lives in a productive, healthy way.

“I believe that the youth has come a long way and I trust that she will continue to grow and learn skills for community integration upon her discharge from Mann RTC.”