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15801 E. Don Carlos Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ



For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

LaToya Jackson
Lead Admissions Representative
Phone: 602-335-2054
Fax: 602-476-1910


Mingus Mountain Academy is a Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls. Founded in 1985, the Academy is located on a 120-acre campus surrounded by National Forest, 25 minutes from the town of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Our ability to motivate the girls toward a positive, healthy future is a major factor in our success. To this end, our program combines a positive peer culture, caring staff, careful medical treatment, individualized psychotherapy and education, and numerous activities including our unique equestrian program. The peer culture uses the power of positive peer influence to address behavioral problems. Because many of the students who come to us have experienced significant trauma, our treatment team is specially trained to address these issues within our safe, structured, and nurturing environment. An emphasis on family therapy fosters successful reunification with families. Two therapeutic group homes give students the opportunity to re-enter society, living in nearby communities and getting part-time jobs if they wish, while continuing their treatment and education on campus.


  • Long-term residential treatment for girls
  • Two therapeutic group homes
  • 90-Day Substance abuse program
  • Equine Program
  • Accredited Educational Program
  • Extra-curriculum activities which include intramural and scholastic sports teams
  • Clinical Services which include DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Psychotherapy for trauma), Exploitation Treatment and Recovery, Anger Management, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Equine Therapy


  • Young women, ages 12 to 18 years old
  • Primary Axis I diagnoses of conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorders, depression, substance abuse disorders, and dual diagnosis are typical
  • Full scale IQ above 70
  • Eating disorders may be accepted, depending on severity
  • Impulsive and irresponsible behaviors
  • Lacking motivation, no goals, and living for the moment
  • Denies or justifies negative behavior
  • Anger management and problems with aggression
  • Demonstrates a low degree of empathy
  • Lacks self-discipline
  • Poor coping skills
  • Substance abuse, thrill-seeking, and sexually promiscuous behaviors
  • Suicide ideations and self-abusive behaviors
  • Gang affiliations
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Family problems–emotional damage by divorce, abuse, stepfamily situations
  • School problems
  • Running away