When circumstances dictate that a child can no longer stay in their own home, the Residential Care programs at Ellipsis provide opportunities for healing and growth within an appropriate and enriching environment.

Each provides a focused, sustained and committed effort to meeting needs as determined by each youth’s individual care plan, with the goal of establishing the skills and mindsets needed to return to their homes, or to transition to supervised living situations.

The services offered within the Residential Care program are available to each youth on a 24-hour, 365-day-per-year basis, and are provided according to individual needs.

  • Daily living (shelter, clothing and meals)
  • Role modeling and skills development
  • Caseworker services
  • Therapy services (individual, group and family)
  • Educational services
  • Recreational services
  • Food services
  • Health care
  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services
  • Religious and cultural services
  • Vocational services
  • Specific treatment focuses (various)


foster group care services/qrtp Program

Foster Group Care is provided by Ellipsis at our Ross Campus Residential Treatment Center in Johnston, Iowa, which includes three residential treatment cottages, each providing different levels of care for up to 40 teenage boys.

Our Ross Campus team includes on-site youth care workers, campus supervisors, program managers, counselors, administrators, and recreation and meal staff who are directly responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of each youth. Together they provide services including treatment planning, counseling and other activities that promote progress toward the goals of the youth and family.

Our Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) offers 24-hour care and services to youth whose behavioral and/or emotional problems have necessitated removal from the home environment. QRTP provides living experiences that are conducive to growth and development, including role modeling and social and life skills development.

Neurodevelopmental and Comorbid Conditions (NACC)

Created for youth who have struggled in prior settings due to some combination of lower cognitive function, developmental delays, and serious behavioral and emotional concerns, the NACC program is for kids ages 12 and older who are court ordered to foster group care and meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Substantial limitations in two or more Serious Emotional Disturbance critical categories:
    • Self-care
    • Social and family relationships
    • School or work
    • Self-direction
  • Possess an IQ of 75 or under
  • Have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

The NACC program is administered at the Ellipsis campus in Johnston, Iowa, and provides a structured setting, specially trained staff and an AIM (Accept, Identify, Move) behavior analytic curriculum specific to each child’s needs. Up to eight NACC program participants are accepted at any given time. The program includes some integration with Johnston Schools (on-campus) and opportunities for community integration.