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Nevada Skies Youth Wellness Center

Nevada Skies facility


104 Big Bend Ranch Road
Wadsworth, NV 89442

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 280
Wadsworth, NV 89442

Hours of Operation

24 hour residential program

Who Should I call?

General Information: 775-352-6840

Intake Department: 480-338-4867

Patient Room
Patient Room
Class Room
Class Room
Class Room

About the facility

Nevada Skies is located on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation and is approximately 30 miles east of Reno. Nevada Youth Wellness Center is a 16 bed all male facility and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a satellite facility of Desert Visions. The treatment center has an open and continuous enrollment. Our length of stay is approximately 120 days, dependent on the progress of the client.

We offer a multi-disciplinary treatment that includes bio-psychosocial, health, education, and cultural activities. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is our preferred treatment modality and the clients are taught to use these tools to improve their choices in life.

The facility is owned and operated by the Indian Health Service. Our services are open to any adolescent male between the ages of 12 and 18 and qualify for services through the Indian Health Service.



We promote and provide clients with access to traditional spiritual and cultural activities such as sweat lodge, smudging, praying, beading, dancing, food, and other specific activities. We recognize that everyone is entitled to their own spiritual beliefs and allow for the clients to participate in the religious/spiritual practice of their choice.


We support the clients in their quest to become substance free through individual, group and family counseling, peer support, White Bison curriculum, and 12 step sobriety programs. We teach them to use their Wise Mind to help them navigate through life.


Clients are required to attain educational credits or complete their High School Equivalency while at our program. We provide the clients with the opportunity to earn education credits, explore vocational opportunities, and/or test for their GED. We utilize the the A+ plus on line learning systems through Pyramid Lake Schools. We also have a full time teacher on staff.


Recreational activities include basketball, swimming, running, hiking, camping, aerobics, volleyball, and rock climbing. We are located near Lake Tahoe and outings frequently include trips to snow shoe, sled, and hike nature trails. Nursing is available 24 hours a day for injuries, health education, and medication management. We also have dietary consults available for client nutritional needs.

Admission Criteria

  • Male adolescents between the ages of 12-18.
  • Must be eligible for direct services from the Indian Health Service.
  • Primary diagnosis of addictive disease to substances
  • Applicant must be willing to commit to treatment
  • Medically stable- acute medical problems may interfere with treatment
    Further evaluation is needed for youth who are:
    • Actively suicidal or have recently committed self-harm
    • Actively homicidal or recent acts of serious violence
    • Actively psychotic or impaired in reality testing
    • Intellectually challenged with an IQ range between <75
    • Current admission of sibling or close family member


Applications can be mailed or faxed to:
Attention Intake Department
Nevada Skies Youth Wellness Center
PO Box 280
Wadsworth, NV 89442
Fax: 520-562-3415

** You may call 520-562-4248 to confirm receipt of fax.

Once we have received the full application. We will contact the applicant to complete a telephone assessment to assess for client willingness and patient acuity to determine placement and admission plan.

Service Unit Leadership
 Contact Title  Phone
Eugena Shay Crossland Chief Executive Officer 520-520-4205
Michelle McGinn Acting Chief Executive Officer 520/562-4239
Dr. Joel Beckstead Clinical Director 520-562-4232
Joan Parrish Chief Nurse Officer 520-562-4250
Amy Parker Deputy Medical Director 520-562-4208
Kathi Reid Assistant 888-431-4096