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Whitaker PRTF

About Whitaker PRTF

Whitaker PRTF is an 18-bed, long-term treatment program for teens who are experiencing severe and persistent emotional challenges. It is located in Butner, Granville County. Children can stay up to a year in this non-medical alternative education and treatment program. Whitaker serves youth in all 100 counties.

Whitaker PRTF staff work with the home community resources. Our goal is to build a network of services to meet the students' needs.  We work to build on the strengths of the children and youth in our care, and to create a positive relationship among peers. We also work to meet the needs and expectations of the family, school, and community. Our students get individualized treatment to increase their academic, social, and behavioral competencies, so they can be successful in less restrictive environments.

Who is Eligible?

Whitaker is for teens, ages 13-17, who are experiencing severe and persistent emotional challenges. They may also have secondary conditions (education, social, behavioral, neurological, or intellectual deficits) which require special treatment and care. There is no cost for education since children are entitled to a free and appropriate public education under North Carolina law. There is also no cost for the treatment part of the program.

How to Apply

Care at the Whitaker PRTF begins with the Local Management Entity or local provider who makes the referral to our facility.

Downloadable Admission Packet

Procedures for Admission

DMA Certification of Need for Medicaid Inpatient Psychiatric Services
in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for a Recipient under the age of 21



Local Management Entity

Whitaker PRTF
1003 12th Street
Butner, N.C. 27509 
Jeff Lenker, Director
Consumer Advocate: for all concerns and grievances Crystal Hart, 919-575-7800

Map to Whitaker PRTF


Executive Team for Whitaker PRTF

Jeff Lenker
Facility Director
Asenath Devaney
Clinical Director
Ray Newnam
Senior Psychologist
Phyllis Timberlake
Mental Health Unit Director

Your Rights

See the patient’s rights page


Whitaker PRTF is an internship site for students attending North Carolina Central University, N.C. State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Facility News

Congratulations to Whitaker for a successful Joint Commission Survey making them an accredited Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

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