Northwest Teen Alternative Program

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Northwest Teen Alternative Program has moved!

New location:

Merrifield Center
8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Suite 3 West
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-559-3000 (Main) or 703-533-5634

Directions to new location

We are now accepting applications for the program.

The remaining content on this page will be updated soon.

The Northwest Teen Alternative Program (TAP) provides an intensive therapeutic and educational environment for 7th through 12th grade adolescents. Fairfax County Public Schools’ Northwest Center School is on-site.

While attending the Northwest Teen Alternative Program, teens will address issues such as:

  • severe mood swings
  • depression
  • trauma
  • attachment
  • school anxiety
  • self-injurious behavior
  • substance use
  • co-occurring disorders
  • ADHD
  • anxiety
  • family conflicts
  • grief and loss
  • isolation or withdrawal
  • peer relationships

Teens enrolled in TAP participate in counseling, rehabilitative services, and school. This level of treatment is appropriate for teenagers who have serious emotional disabilities or dual diagnoses of serious emotional disabilities and a substance use disorder. There is a fee for services and discounted fees for uninsured individuals are offered using a sliding scale, based on income and number of dependents. Visit our fees page for more information.

Through a combination of individual, group, family therapy, and academic instruction, adolescents and their families utilize their strengths to overcome difficult situations. Get more details about the daily activities of the program.

TAP facilitates transition to the appropriate school setting upon successful completion of the program.

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