RESIDENTIAL

Adolescent, ages twelve (12) through eighteen (18), who have been abused or neglected, or face significant mental health or behavioral challenges often act in ways that are not socially acceptable without treatment. When treatment at home is not effective, those behaviors must be confronted in an intensive, supportive environment. The Children’s Home of Reading provides three (3) distinct residential programs for this purpose. The treatment time is as brief as possible, while allowing necessary time for the child to heal and learn to make better behavioral choices. They learn to take responsibility for their actions and their future…behaviorally, emotionally and academically. For many of our clients, that empowerment brings healing and positive behavioral changes.

Individualized service planning is an integral part of the treatment process. The planning is active and ongoing with the involvement of the client, parent, referring agencies (county MH/MR office, behavioral healthcare organization, and either county child welfare or juvenile probation office, if appropriate), and our staff. We provide transportation, when necessary, for court appearances, medical appointments and other contracted services. Transportation for therapeutic leave will be discussed, when applicable, between our staff, parents and county caseworkers to determine available resources and options. The clinical program provides comprehensive assessment and intensive treatment services. The initial evaluation process includes psychiatric evaluation, biopsychosocial assessment and a nursing assessment for medical/physical issues. Our nurse (RN) oversees the medical and dental care of the client while they are with us.

The client’s family is afforded the opportunity to fully participate in the planning for and delivery of services, unless prohibited by court order. Frequent and regular family contact is encouraged. Therapeutic leaves are scheduled consistent with the treatment plan, and with reasonable wishes of the client and family, and any existing court order and/or permanency plan. Leaves may occur both on and off grounds in addition to overnight/weekends providing all safety parameters are met.

The Psychiatrist assesses the client on a monthly basis to determine treatment progress and to monitor the effectiveness of any psychotropic medication. Group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy are an essential part of the treatment program.

Parent groups are facilitated for parents of current clients or those clients who have been discharged within the last six (6) months. The group is a support system for parents and provides an opportunity to share the common experience of having their children reside in a residential treatment setting.

The program provides intensive treatment conducted by a multi-disciplinary team under the direction of a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Group supervision is conducted on a weekly basis through staff meetings and individual supervision is conducted on a regular basis.

For three (3) months post discharge, aftercare services consisting of individual and/or family therapy are available. The frequency of these sessions is determined by therapeutic need.

Life skills education is initially integrated into groups such as anger management, interpersonal skills, personal appearance, assertiveness, goal setting, problem solving, communication, peer pressure, self-esteem, health, emergency safety skills, housekeeping and other social skills. These groups are conducted throughout the program schedule, at least two times per week.

Clients in the residential programs have the opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled activities arranged by our staff. These developmentally appropriate activities are held both on the campus and in the community. These may include sporting events, entertainment, arts and crafts, library activities and other skill building activities. The clients also have daily access to the gym and recreation room, offering them billiards, table tennis, arcade, and board games. Special recreational privileges will be earned in conjunction with the client’s individual treatment plan and the behavioral management system. Client may be given access to our grounds, including our community garden, outdoor activity building, basketball court, and activity field. Opportunities to participate in community service, such as the Boy Scouts, and volunteerism are made available to clients in accordance with their treatment plan.

We provide an opportunity for each client to participate in religious activities and worship services, taking into account choices specified by the family. Arrangements for attendance at religious services will be permitted based on staff availability and/or parental supervision. Upon request of the client, arrangements can be made for a clergyperson to meet with the client on an individual basis. If enough interest is expressed by the clients as a group, efforts will be made to provide a spirituality group. Our Children’s Chapel will be available for when its construction is completed in October.

The residential units provide a 24-hour per day supervised therapeutic milieu. There are security cameras throughout facility as well as motion detectors in all double rooms.

 RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (RTF)

The Children's Home of Reading is dedicated to providing trauma informed care approaches to healing. As such, clients are viewed as people who are likely to have histories of physical and sexual abuse and other types of trauma-inducing experiences, and this often leads to mental health and other types of co-occurring disorders. Our treatment approaches are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors so that our services are more supportive and avoid re-traumatization. Our services recognize the consumer’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery; the interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.); and the need to work in a collaborative way with clients (and also with family and support people of the consumer) and with other human services agencies in a manner that will empower clients. The philosophy of CHOR Services RTF is based on the belief that adolescents with behavior and psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment. Therefore, only those adolescents who have continued to exhibit behavioral deterioration despite receiving less restrictive treatment and who are in need of a structured, therapeutic environment will be admitted to the RTF. The CHOR is committed to providing youth with an RTF continuum of care, providing treatment and support services to youth with acute mental and behavioral health disorders as well as transitional services to youth who evidence readiness for community integration and independent living skills.
 SPECIALIZED RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (SRTF)

The Children’s Home of Reading offers residential care for sexually abusing youth. The program is comprised of a 48 bed self-contained unit that provides treatment to adolescent males with sexual acting out issues. The philosophy of CHOR Youth & Family Services residential programs is based on the belief that adolescents with sexually acting out behavior and psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. Therefore, only those adolescents who have continued to exhibit behavioral deterioration coupled with sexual acting out, despite receiving less restrictive treatment and who are in need of a 24 hour structured, therapeutic environment will be admitted to the Specialized RTF. CHOR Youth & Family Services is committed to providing service clients with a specialized continuum of care, providing treatment and support services to youth with acute mental and behavioral health disorders as well as transitional services to youth who evidence readiness for community integration and independent living skills.
 GIRL'S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (GRTF)

The Children’s Home of Reading offers residential care for female youth with significant emotional needs, mental health diagnosis, and meeting medical necessity criteria. The program is comprised of a 12 bed self-contained unit that provides continued treatment to adolescent females. The philosophy of CHOR Youth & Family Services residential programs is based on the belief that adolescents with psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe residential treatment of adolescents must be as brief as possible, while allowing the necessary time to complete assessment and evaluation of the response to treatment by both the client and her family. We recognize the importance of family involvement and providing treatment to meet the individual needs of each client, adhering to CASSP principles. CHOR Youth & Family Services utilizes an intensive residential treatment approach that is both confrontational and supportive in nature. CHOR Youth & Family Services recognizes that there are limited resources and services for those transitional age youth who have demonstrated psychiatric/behavioral stability and improvement in judgment but who need to develop independent living skills in order to progress to living fully in the community. As a result, CHOR Youth & Family Services will integrate these needs into treatment planning in order to meet the needs of these youth. Discharge planning is a continual process, beginning at the client’s admission and proceeding through the length of stay, until the actual discharge. The length of stay will be determined by medical necessity with the goal of successfully returning the adolescent to the community with appropriate support services in place. The anticipated outcomes of the Girl’s RTF program is to reintegrate the adolescent back into the community with the necessary skill set to manage the symptomology of their mental health or trauma conditions. The program will focus on developing these necessary skills through evidenced—based modalities such as TF-CBT (trauma-focused CBT), ART (Aggression Replacement Training), TREM (Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model), elements of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) when appropriate as well as other life skills curriculum that is conducive to the treatment of female adolescents. Successfully discharged clients will use these newly learned skills to positively integrate into the family, community, and school settings while being supported by the necessary community-based services.

RESIDENTIAL

Adolescent, ages twelve (12) through eighteen (18), who have been abused or neglected, or face significant mental health or behavioral challenges often act in ways that are not socially acceptable without treatment. When treatment at home is not effective, those behaviors must be confronted in an intensive, supportive environment. The Children’s Home of Reading provides three (3) distinct residential programs for this purpose. The treatment time is as brief as possible, while allowing necessary time for the child to heal and learn to make better behavioral choices. They learn to take responsibility for their actions and their future…behaviorally, emotionally and academically. For many of our clients, that empowerment brings healing and positive behavioral changes.

Individualized service planning is an integral part of the treatment process. The planning is active and ongoing with the involvement of the client, parent, referring agencies (county MH/MR office, behavioral healthcare organization, and either county child welfare or juvenile probation office, if appropriate), and our staff. We provide transportation, when necessary, for court appearances, medical appointments and other contracted services. Transportation for therapeutic leave will be discussed, when applicable, between our staff, parents and county caseworkers to determine available resources and options. The clinical program provides comprehensive assessment and intensive treatment services. The initial evaluation process includes psychiatric evaluation, biopsychosocial assessment and a nursing assessment for medical/physical issues. Our nurse (RN) oversees the medical and dental care of the client while they are with us.

The client’s family is afforded the opportunity to fully participate in the planning for and delivery of services, unless prohibited by court order. Frequent and regular family contact is encouraged. Therapeutic leaves are scheduled consistent with the treatment plan, and with reasonable wishes of the client and family, and any existing court order and/or permanency plan. Leaves may occur both on and off grounds in addition to overnight/weekends providing all safety parameters are met.

The Psychiatrist assesses the client on a monthly basis to determine treatment progress and to monitor the effectiveness of any psychotropic medication. Group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy are an essential part of the treatment program.

Parent groups are facilitated for parents of current clients or those clients who have been discharged within the last six (6) months. The group is a support system for parents and provides an opportunity to share the common experience of having their children reside in a residential treatment setting.

The program provides intensive treatment conducted by a multi-disciplinary team under the direction of a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Group supervision is conducted on a weekly basis through staff meetings and individual supervision is conducted on a regular basis.

For three (3) months post discharge, aftercare services consisting of individual and/or family therapy are available. The frequency of these sessions is determined by therapeutic need.

Life skills education is initially integrated into groups such as anger management, interpersonal skills, personal appearance, assertiveness, goal setting, problem solving, communication, peer pressure, self-esteem, health, emergency safety skills, housekeeping and other social skills. These groups are conducted throughout the program schedule, at least two times per week.

Clients in the residential programs have the opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled activities arranged by our staff. These developmentally appropriate activities are held both on the campus and in the community. These may include sporting events, entertainment, arts and crafts, library activities and other skill building activities. The clients also have daily access to the gym and recreation room, offering them billiards, table tennis, arcade, and board games. Special recreational privileges will be earned in conjunction with the client’s individual treatment plan and the behavioral management system. Client may be given access to our grounds, including our community garden, outdoor activity building, basketball court, and activity field. Opportunities to participate in community service, such as the Boy Scouts, and volunteerism are made available to clients in accordance with their treatment plan.

We provide an opportunity for each client to participate in religious activities and worship services, taking into account choices specified by the family. Arrangements for attendance at religious services will be permitted based on staff availability and/or parental supervision. Upon request of the client, arrangements can be made for a clergyperson to meet with the client on an individual basis. If enough interest is expressed by the clients as a group, efforts will be made to provide a spirituality group. Our Children’s Chapel will be available for when its construction is completed in October.

The residential units provide a 24-hour per day supervised therapeutic milieu. There are security cameras throughout facility as well as motion detectors in all double rooms.

 RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (RTF)

The Children's Home of Reading is dedicated to providing trauma informed care approaches to healing. As such, clients are viewed as people who are likely to have histories of physical and sexual abuse and other types of trauma-inducing experiences, and this often leads to mental health and other types of co-occurring disorders. Our treatment approaches are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors so that our services are more supportive and avoid re-traumatization. Our services recognize the consumer’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery; the interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.); and the need to work in a collaborative way with clients (and also with family and support people of the consumer) and with other human services agencies in a manner that will empower clients. The philosophy of CHOR Services RTF is based on the belief that adolescents with behavior and psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment. Therefore, only those adolescents who have continued to exhibit behavioral deterioration despite receiving less restrictive treatment and who are in need of a structured, therapeutic environment will be admitted to the RTF. The CHOR is committed to providing youth with an RTF continuum of care, providing treatment and support services to youth with acute mental and behavioral health disorders as well as transitional services to youth who evidence readiness for community integration and independent living skills.
 SPECIALIZED RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (SRTF)

The Children’s Home of Reading offers residential care for sexually abusing youth. The program is comprised of a 48 bed self-contained unit that provides treatment to adolescent males with sexual acting out issues. The philosophy of CHOR Youth & Family Services residential programs is based on the belief that adolescents with sexually acting out behavior and psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. Therefore, only those adolescents who have continued to exhibit behavioral deterioration coupled with sexual acting out, despite receiving less restrictive treatment and who are in need of a 24 hour structured, therapeutic environment will be admitted to the Specialized RTF. CHOR Youth & Family Services is committed to providing service clients with a specialized continuum of care, providing treatment and support services to youth with acute mental and behavioral health disorders as well as transitional services to youth who evidence readiness for community integration and independent living skills.
 GIRL'S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (GRTF)

The Children’s Home of Reading offers residential care for female youth with significant emotional needs, mental health diagnosis, and meeting medical necessity criteria. The program is comprised of a 12 bed self-contained unit that provides continued treatment to adolescent females. The philosophy of CHOR Youth & Family Services residential programs is based on the belief that adolescents with psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe residential treatment of adolescents must be as brief as possible, while allowing the necessary time to complete assessment and evaluation of the response to treatment by both the client and her family. We recognize the importance of family involvement and providing treatment to meet the individual needs of each client, adhering to CASSP principles. CHOR Youth & Family Services utilizes an intensive residential treatment approach that is both confrontational and supportive in nature. CHOR Youth & Family Services recognizes that there are limited resources and services for those transitional age youth who have demonstrated psychiatric/behavioral stability and improvement in judgment but who need to develop independent living skills in order to progress to living fully in the community. As a result, CHOR Youth & Family Services will integrate these needs into treatment planning in order to meet the needs of these youth. Discharge planning is a continual process, beginning at the client’s admission and proceeding through the length of stay, until the actual discharge. The length of stay will be determined by medical necessity with the goal of successfully returning the adolescent to the community with appropriate support services in place. The anticipated outcomes of the Girl’s RTF program is to reintegrate the adolescent back into the community with the necessary skill set to manage the symptomology of their mental health or trauma conditions. The program will focus on developing these necessary skills through evidenced—based modalities such as TF-CBT (trauma-focused CBT), ART (Aggression Replacement Training), TREM (Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model), elements of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) when appropriate as well as other life skills curriculum that is conducive to the treatment of female adolescents. Successfully discharged clients will use these newly learned skills to positively integrate into the family, community, and school settings while being supported by the necessary community-based services.

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