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Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents - Southern MD

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John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents is a community-based, public residential, clinical, and educational facility serving children and adolescents with severe emotional disabilities. The program is designed to provide residential and day treatment for students ranging in age from 10 to 18. JLG-RICA's goal is to successfully return its students to an appropriate family, community, academic or vocational setting that will lead to happy and successful lives. The JLG-RICA program has the capacity for 100 day students and 80 residential students. Day students are admitted from Montgomery County for the elementary, middle, and senior high programs. JLG-RICA is an interagency program operated by the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Montgomery County Public Schools.


All Ages

Age Groups

Infancy (<1), Toddlerhood (1-3), Preschool/Kindergarten (3-5), School Age (6-12), Adolescence (13-21), Adulthood (22+)



Services Provided

Interdisciplinary, weekly therapy,The 80-bed residential program provides a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week therapeutic environment for middle and high school students who are unable to function in the community or at school without intensive intervention. Within the residential program, professional staff foster personal and social growth, independent living skills, and group cohesiveness based on each student's developmental level. Each unit treats eight students who, except on the evaluation unit, are assigned by gender and developmental level. Transitional planning is an important consideration for every residential student. The child's eventual return to the home, community, or other less-restrictive setting is an integral goal of treatment from the first day of admission to the residential program, and a comprehensive educational program

Eligibility Requirements

Males and Females from 0-120 years old

Areas Served

Howard County



Contact Information

9400 Surratts Road

Cheltenham, MD 20623
Phone: 301-372-1800
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