The beginning

Tamarack Center began providing services in 1984. The Center opened with the capacity to serve 10 CLIP (Children’s Long-term Inpatient Program) referred youth. In 1991 the Center increased capacity to 11 beds when the Division of Mental Health agreed to secure one additional bed. In 1995 the Center expanded the program by offering three additional beds, bringing the total capacity to 14. The three beds added at this time were for private-pay referral youth. The next expansion occurred in 2004, when The Martin Center ceased operations and Tamarack Center expanded to 16 beds. In addition to the residential capacity of 16 beds the Center also has a day treatment program for up to two day treatment youth.

How long do youth stay in the program?

Length of stay varies – for youth entering the program through CLIP the overall average length of stay is 9.3 months. Youth entering the program via private insurance referral average 2.8 months length of stay.

There is a significant difference between the length of stay for Private referral and CLIP referral youth; 98% of private pay referral youth discharge from the program within six months of admission, compared to 50% during this same time period for CLIP referral youth

Length of Stay 2010 – 2017

What disorders does Tamarack treat?

While the program treats a wide range of disorders the most common admitting diagnosis falls in the category of Mood Disorders; a group of psychological disorders characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood, such as depression or bipolar disorder. The next most common diagnoses is Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. The third most common diagnose is Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

Where do youth go after their stay at Tamarack?

This table displays discharge placement for 2013-2017, the majority of youth discharging from Tamarack return to their home environment.

Discharge Placement 2013 2014 2015 2016


Adult Group Home
Case Worker/Run Away
Children’s group care 1 2% 3 10%
Crisis Residential Center (respite) 1 3% 1 2% 1 2%
Drug/Alcohol Treatment 1 3%
Foster Home 1 3% 1 2.5
Group Home
Home 27 82% 34 79% 26 84% 38 95% 30 88%
Home of a Relative 2 6% 5 12% 1 3% 2 6%
Independent Living 1 3%
Jail 2 4% 1 3%
Job Corps 1 2.5
Other Adult Home
Other RTF 1 2%
Total Discharges: 33 31 43 40 34