Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Youth Care Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Youth Care Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Our Staff

Romeo Kistler, LCMHC

Romeo Kistler, M.Ed, LCMHC, NCC, is a motivating clinician with over 15 years of experience. He has worked extensively in acute care, residential care, and outpatient settings. Romeo has worked with clients dealing with a wide range of mental health issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, addiction, and crisis intervention.

Romeo discovered his interest in psychology while in college, although he was already drawn to healing professions: “Honestly, when I first went to college my major was business.  I decided I wanted to help others so I changed to pre-med. My last 2 classes in the premed program were psychology courses.  This changed everything for me.”

As a clinician Romeo utilizes logo-therapy and believes in helping his clients find purpose. He also draws from DBT, client-centered, systems, existential and experiential theories as he helps clients and families find solutions and come together. He is described by his colleagues as someone who “pushes his kids and clients to excel” and is “very active” in their therapy.

Romeo was awarded an academic scholarship to McMurry University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then attended graduate school at Hardin-Simmons University where he earned his master’s degree in counseling and human development. Romeo has served on a critical incident stress management team in Fremont County, CO and has been trained in crisis management and responses.

Romeo is active at work and at play. He is a second-degree black belt in Aikido, is a successful entrepreneur, and enjoys sports and the outdoors. He is a friendly and outgoing family man who loves his “wonderful wife and two awesome children.” He describes himself as “down to earth” and “all about FUN.” He strives to help others feel a sense of belonging and appreciated.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • Cognia
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.