Our Mission

The McDowell Center for Children, located in Dyersburg, Tennessee, is a psychiatric residential treatment facility that provides mental health and addiction services for adolescent males ages 12 to 17 who are experiencing mental health, behavioral, and/or substance abuse issues. Our mission is to deliver high-quality treatment, education, guidance, and encouragement for troubled adolescents as a trusted national provider of youth services. We understand that many adolescents referred to us have a long history of problematic behaviors at school, in the community, and in the family.

As a dedicated group of mental health providers, we believe there is hope for all young people, no matter what they’ve experienced in their past. Anyone can change, given the right guidance and structure, and we strive to provide the right mix of both at our facility. McDowell Center is here to offer hope, support, and care to adolescents and their families.

A Space for Healing

Located in Dyersburg, Tennessee, McDowell Center for Children provides education, treatment, guidance, and encouragement for troubled children and adolescent boys. Our central location puts us within driving distance of Memphis and other major metro areas in Tennessee and Arkansas. Our 28-bed facility is designed to provide a close-knit setting for therapy and care. While we encourage interaction and peer-positive culture, our facility has plenty of day space to separate students by their needs and level of functioning. We also have many classrooms so that students can get the attention they need based on their academic goals and levels. Other features include access to outdoor spaces, recreation/gym facilities, and a dining hall. 


Help Is A Call Away

Our admissions staff is available on weekdays from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. to provide a no-cost, mental health assessment for your child. Call 888-266-7279 or visit our facility to get started. For questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.