Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Child Center - Marygrove

Giving Children Roots to Heal and Grow

aka Marygrove

Florissant, MO


The Mission of Marygrove is to provide quality mental health services to severely disturbed children, young adults, and their families who are economically disadvantaged.

Ruling Year


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Joseph Bestgen

Main Address

2705 Mullanphy Ln

Florissant, MO 63031 USA


Therapy/treatment for children, young adults, returning kids back home or to other family members, 24/7 Crisis Services





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Marygrove serves over 200 children and young adults each day who have been diagnosed with behavioral, emotional, or other mental health disorders. These diagnoses are often the result of abuse, neglect and other trauma. Marygrove offers a continuum of services including therapeutic residential treatment and foster care, an on-campus special education school, transitional and independent living, and crisis services providing abuse prevention services to families and shelter to homeless children and teens. All youth at Marygrove are working to manage their mental health conditions and develop the skills to move to a less restrictive environment. A customized treatment plan for each child includes individual, group, and family therapy. A treatment team of mental health and educational professionals monitors each child's progress to ensure positive outcomes. After Marygrove, the client returns to a responsible relative, a foster or adoptive home, or lives independently.

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Therapeutic Residential Treatment Program

Transitional Living Program (TLP)

Independent Living Program (ILP)

Crisis Services

Therapeutic Foster Care

Marygrove's Education Services (MES)

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Marygrove opened its doors in 1849 as an answer to the need to care for troubled girls. Over the years, Marygrove has expanded the programs offered and now serves a greater number of youth, both boys and girls. Marygrove provides ongoing programs for children who have been abused and/or neglected, and as a result, have emotional, behavioral, psychological and neurological disorders. At Marygrove, the youth receive medical care and therapy that help them manage behavioral issues with the goal of successfully transitioning back into the care of a responsible family member, a permanent home, or to independent living.

Marygrove’s behavioral health services include: Therapeutic Residential Treatment “cottages” provide a safe and stable living environment while youth receive help to manage emotional and behavioral issues. On-campus and community based Therapeutic Foster Homes where children learn to trust and engage positively in a family setting. On-campus psychiatric group Transitional Living homes provide support as young adults pursue academic, occupational and other life skills that advance them toward healthy and productive adult lives. A community based Independent Living program where young people, including teen parents, learn important skills which move them toward self-sufficiency. Crisis Services is a full range of emergency shelter services that provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth experiencing homelessness or family crisis. Marygrove School is an on-campus, private special education school for children who require more therapeutic support during the day.

Marygrove is one of the largest residential treatment facilities in Missouri and known for helping youth who have been unsuccessful at other agencies. The average program success rate is 83%. Marygrove is a BBB Accredited Charity and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The Director of Quality Assurance submits quarterly benchmarking data to Behavioral Pathways Systems to compare with similar national level agencies. Marygrove staff receive a minimum of forty hours of training each year and are experienced in identifying client needs and providing proper care. Therapists are certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based practice intervention for children and adolescents. The program model used is Trauma Informed Care, an evidence-based program for residential treatment. Staff turnover rate is 10% lower than the national average. Marygrove partners with area agencies to ensure client needs outside of our scope of services are met.

The Director of Quality Assurance is responsible for evaluating the success of all programs at Marygrove. Marygrove uses a web based case management software, to monitor the progress of each child and make positive program changes to meet the client’s changing needs. Changes are tracked and periodically reviewed. If data collection shows that programs are not meeting the desired outcomes, a corrective action plan is implemented. Additionally, a Quality Assurance Team meets monthly to discuss the progress of the youth, departments, success rates of the services, and implement changes, if needed. These objectives apply to all Marygrove programs: 1. 70% of clients will demonstrate progress on achieving treatment objectives 2. 65% of clients will show decrease in behavioral incidents/improve behavior 3. 70% of clients will move to an improved living environment 4. 95% of referral sources will be satisfied with services 5. 75% of clients will be satisfied with the services received

Marygrove has successfully absorbed two other children’s treatment agencies in the last ten years. Many residential treatment facilities for children have closed due to the severity of the issues that the children are presenting. Societal problems, such as homelessness, domestic violence, gun violence, and substance abuse have increased during the last few years, thus affecting more children. Marygrove plans to continue to respond to the changing needs of children and the programming required to address these needs.

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Council on Accreditation (COA)

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Catholic Charities USA


Child Center - Marygrove

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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