Criteria for Acceptance

  • Client must be between the ages of 13 – 17
  • Client must be diagnosed as having a substance abuse disorder or chemical dependency disorder.


Criteria for Non-Acceptance and Referral

  • Client is actively suicidal/homicidal.


Other issues that can potentially coincide with substance abuse/chemical dependency which are commonly addressed at Sundown Ranch:

  • Academic difficulties
  • Communication
  • Lack of respect for others
  • Running away
  • Lying
  • Rejection of rules or authority
  • Lack of emotional bonding
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties in regulation of mood
  • Poor decision making
  • Inappropriate peer relationships
  • Disruption of healthy family functioning


Steps for Admission

  • Contact admissions staff at 903-479-3933 and choose option 1.
  • Admissions staff will answer any questions regarding the Sundown Ranch program.
  • Be prepared to provide a summary of events requiring admission into the Sundown Ranch program.
  • Provide insurance information. 
  • Admissions staff will verify insurance coverage, including any expected out of pocket expenses.
  • Schedule an appointment for admission.
  • Admissions paperwork will be provided for completion prior to arrival.
  • Following arrival, the admission process typically takes approximately one and a half hours.