Residential Treatment Services

Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek

Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek is a safe and welcoming place where boys get the help they need to reach their full potential.

The boys who come to Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges.

For more than 35 years, boys have found a positive path forward after living at Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek.

While in Lighthouse residential treatment, each young person receives treatment specifically tailored to meet their needs along with the unconditional support they need to thrive.

  • Emotional support and therapeutic programming.
  • 24-hour supervision.
  • Life skills training.
  • Strong peer support.

Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek offers a unique environment for residential treatment. The campus is located on 35 acres in the rolling hills of Ross County, Ohio.

On site you’ll find:

  • Residential halls featuring individual bedrooms and a large common area.
  • Accredited school.
  • A horticultural program including two greenhouses where boys plant and care for flowers and vegetables.
  • State of the art gymnasium, ball field, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a track.


Boys attend Paint Creek Academy, a charter school on campus. They can earn credits toward a high school diploma or participate in GED preparation and testing. Graduates can participate in online college classes. Computer training and vocational training are also available.

An additional learning opportunity is the horticultural program which includes two onsite greenhouses where the youth plant and care for flowers and vegetables. This program gives boys the opportunity to learn how to develop and manage a business.

There are also opportunities for paid onsite work experience to enhance employability skills.


Throughout treatment, young people receive the help they need to overcome barriers and feel empowered to make positive changes for their futures.

The team at Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek provides outstanding evidence-based care, including cognitive behavioral therapy. Services are individualized and focus on a young person’s inherent strengths and builds upon them.

Lighthouse Youth Center at Paint Creek is a fully licensed and accredited.


For more than 50 years, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services has provided support and services to young people and the families that surround them when and where they need it most.

Lighthouse is dedicated to building a stronger community by providing services to help young people thrive and meet their full potential.

As a trauma informed organization, the agency values the unique experiences of each person and works collaboratively to provide services informed by a basic knowledge of how traumatic experiences and traumatic stress may impact those we serve.

In addition, Lighthouse is a culturally competent agency. All children, youth, and families are treated with respect and dignity. We provide inclusive and affirming care for all young people.

PREA Additional Information

PREA Report 2022-2023