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In 2008, we designed our treatment center with a pallet of earth colors (blues, browns and greens) blended with bright hues to create an uplifting environment of calmness, growth and healing for children. The Management Team chose the New Mexico sky as the theme and named the three children’s units after sky elements using Spanish names: Estrella (Star), Luna (Moon) and Sol (Sun). We remain committed to our goal of providing a structured, safe, ‘home away from home’ for your child.

We built three wings in our residential treatment center: one for boys 5-12 years of age; one for adolescent boys 13 through 17 years; and one for girls ages 5 through 17 years. We strove to create a safe, therapeutic environment for your child that included special lighting, security cameras in public areas, and intensive clinical, behavioral, medical and psychiatric treatment.

Our doors first officially opened in April 2009 as a sub-acute residential treatment center to serve youth between the ages of 5 and 17 years who had not achieved success in less restrictive clinical and community settings and for children that demonstrated a need for a highly structured environment with 24 hour.

In 2011, under new ownership of the national, highly accredited,  privately owned company:  Sequel Youth and Family Services, a strong new management team was developed.  Experienced, passionate and fresh leadership brought new ideas and innovative treatment approaches enhancing the quality of care at Bernalillo Academy. With this infusion of support and innovative ideas, Bernalillo Academy achieved a 98% rating on the New Mexico High Volume Quality of Services Audit in 2013.  We remain committed to the highest level of care for children and families at Bernalillo Academy.

On February 19, 2018 we relocated to a newly renovated state of the art 83,000 sq ft treatment center at 1801 Randolph Rd., SE in Albuquerque, NM.  We added 23 beds for a total of 63 beds.

Bernalillo Academy continues to serve children ages 4-17 with Autism Disorder, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and other Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.  Intensive Psychiatric treatment and  round the clock nursing care provide a high level of psychiatric and medical care for children in our 63 bed state of the art residential treatment center.  Our Licensed Dietitian designs all menus and meal plans for all children and all menus are “Heart Healthy”.  Education services are individualized for each child based on their needs and provided on campus.  Our licensed Therapists provide intensive individual, group and family work using a variety of modalities based on the individual child’s needs and abilities.  We provide a trauma informed milieu and therapies and Registered Behavior Techs implement Positive Behavior Support Plans based on Applied Behavior Analysis therapies.

We are passionate about what we do and delight in providing excellent programs that make permanent, positive changes in the lives of the children and families we serve.

Our mission at Bernalillo Academy is to empower families and their children through comprehensive, specialized, individualized treatment in a homelike state of the art residential setting effecting positive improvement of each child’s quality of life.