How does the program work?

Juvenile courts, the Division of Child and Family Services, substance abuse treatment providers, and prevention specialists may refer male or female teens to DYS for an assessment. Eligible youth are assessed by ROAR clinicians, and if found to meet specific criteria, will begin the 90-day residential program at no cost to the youth or their family. While the state covers the cost of the program supported by a federal grant, families must provide Medicaid or private insurance coverage to cover the cost of any off-campus medical needs. 

After successfully completing the residential part of the program, youth will receive six months of aftercare. That will include support from peers who have successfully recovered, practical strategies they can use to prevent recurrence, and follow-up therapy services.


During the residential part of the program, youth get:

  • • Group treatment five days per week.
  • • Individual therapy at least once per week (more frequently if needed).
  • • Monthly family therapy sessions to help families support their youth’s recovery.
  • • Daily group meetings focused on building positive skills or creating positive cultures
  • • Opportunities for therapeutic gardening on campus
  • • Vocational exploration, life skills training, and educational services, including health and addiction courses.
  • • Daily, structured exercise, healthy foods, and recovery lifestyle planning.
  • • Regular drug testing.


Youth also complete a comprehensive portfolio for themselves using ROP’s I-VALIDATE model, a unique system that allows the youth to keep track of and display their achievements in several areas. The areas include Vocational training, Activities, Life Skills, Individual strengths and skills, Demonstrated behavior change, Aftercare, Treatment, and Education. ROAR does not provide medically supervised withdrawal/detoxification services nor medication-assisted treatments.


ROAR stands for Residential Options for Adolescents in Recovery. It is a CARF-accredited residential substance use treatment program for at-risk male and female youth ages 13 through 17, who have current misuse or a history of opioid and/or stimulant use. The program is located at the former Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center in southwest Arkansas. Rite of Passage (ROP), which operates juvenile justice treatment centers in Arkansas for the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Youth Services (DYS), manages the program combining traditional elements of Rite of Passage culture with evidence-based practices for comprehensive adolescent substance use treatment. ROAR diverts drug-involved teens from legal involvement and/or from developing more serious problems that may limit opportunities to reach their full potential.   

This program is supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services (DHS/DAABHS), as part of the SOR-2 Grant 1H79TI083287, in collaboration with the Arkansas DHS Division of Youth Services.



Learn more about referrals, eligibility, and aftercare.