Star View Adolescent Center

Star View Adolescent Center offers a multilevel program combining psychiatric crisis intervention, high-quality residential care, educational services, mental health treatment, and rehabilitation. Unique in California, our integrated program eliminates the need to admit children in acute psychiatric crisis to a hospital where they are unknown and very well might not be able to resume their residential placement. Highly individualized, innovative, and flexible, our approach gives adolescents every opportunity to succeed. Our staff actively encourages family and foster family participation in treatment. We also provide a range of services to help youngsters when they transition to community living.

Developed in 1996 conjunction with Los Angeles County, Star View Adolescent Center serves children who have experienced severe complex trauma, or children with severe emotional challenges requiring intensive services in a secured environment. The center has 56 beds for children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years. In addition to serving Los Angeles County youth, Star View Adolescent Center serves youth from across the state through contracts with multiple counties.

Star View Adolescent Center's programs and services are listed below:

  • Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) — a 16-bed acute psychiatric hospital that is licensed by the California Department of Mental Health. The PHF provides comprehensive psychiatric and physical assessment, evaluation, and treatment in a safe and secure setting. The PHF functions as a cost-effective alternative to repeated acute inpatient services or state hospitalization by stabilizing the youngsters and preparing them for transition to a lower level of care.

  • Community Treatment Facility (CTF) — a safe locked environment providing supportive needs-driven services to as many as 40 youngsters. The CTF therapeutic programs prepare youngsters for lasting reintegration into their families and the community.

  • Day Treatment Intensive Program (DTI) — therapeutic groups and services that are offered seven days a week. Our DTI program is designed to develop and foster the skills that youth need for successful functioning in family or outpatient settings. DTI services are funded through Medi-Cal's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnoses and Treatment program, AB 3632 funds, or County General Funds.

  • Community Services Program — support for youngsters transitioning from the Adolescent Center to community living (group homes, foster families, kinship care, or family reunification). Community Services staff collaborate with teachers, principals, and other school personnel to achieve goals established by the student, family, and treatment professionals. In-home counseling services help youngsters thrive in their new school and family or other community living environment.

  • South Bay High School innovative, nonpublic school (NPS) where credentialed instructors experienced with emotionally disturbed youth develop Individual Education Plans. By integrating comprehensive therapeutic services into an academic curriculum, our NPS helps adolescents to maintain and advance their educational status while receiving mental health care. Many South Bay High School students pass the same standardized California high school exit exams in English and Math that are administered by public schools throughout the state.

  • Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Practices
    Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) are those interventions and supports that have research documenting their effectiveness. Evidence-informed Practices are also research-supported but do not yet have the body of rigorous clinical evidence that distinguishes EBPs:

    • Aggression Replacement Training (ART) — a structured, psycho-educational intervention primarily for adolescents with or are at-risk of aggressive/antisocial behavior. It includes three structured interventions: Skillstreaming, Anger Control Training, and Moral Reasoning Training.

    • Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) — provided to qualifying youngsters who need additional guidance and support. Skilled mental health staff members work with the youngsters on a one-to-one basis, helping them avoid placement in a more restrictive, higher level of care and assisting them in transitioning to lower levels of care.

    • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) — based on three empirically validated interventions that were adapted to address topics relevant to adolescents exposed to chronic trauma. Either a group or individualized intervention, SPARCS is designed for youth ages 13-21.

Employee Satisfaction Survey

Each year, all staff programs complete anonymous Employee Satisfaction Surveys. The entire management team carefully reviews survey results to identify areas where we are successful in making our agency a great place to work, as well as to identify areas for improvement. By using the same survey each year, we can measure our success and focus our efforts on continually improving our work environment.

For a selection of results from a recent Employee Satisfaction Survey for Star View Adolescent Center, see Our Staff.


Dr. Natalie Spiteri, Administrator
Star View Adolescent Center
4025 West 226th Street
Torrance, CA 90505
phone: (310) 373-4556 ext. 123 | fax: (310) 373-2826

Simone Smith
Admissions Manager
Star View Adolescent Center
4025 West 226th Street
Torrance, CA 90505
phone: (310) 373-4556 ext. | fax: (310) 698-6484

Driving Directions:

4025 West 226th St., Torrance, CA 90505

Eligibility and Referral Information

Star View Adolescent Center Referrals and funding for Star View Adolescent Center come from the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services, Probations, and Mental Health. Services are reimbursed through Short Doyle / MediCal and foster care funds.