Specifications include, but are not limited to: 1. Diligent efforts are made to serve youth in the community whenever possible.
2. Culturally responsive supports and services.
3. Gender responsive programming
4. Youth can safely return to the community in a timely fashion when a residential setting is no longer
5. Family partnership occurs in all aspects of the programming, when appropriate.
6. Best-practices, evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions are used that have been shown to
reduce the need for residential placement.
7. After-care planning and supports are incorporated to ensure a successful transition. ; Population Served
1. Adolescent boys and girls ages 13 through 18.
2. History of trauma and exposure to violence.
3. Youth with high acuity, including:
a. Youth with self-harming behaviors, suicidal attempts and significant suicidal ideation
b. Youth with homicidal ideation
c. Youth with significant aggressive and/or violent behaviors
d. Youth with sexually harmful behaviors
4. Significant history of committing delinquent acts and propensity to reoffend in the future.
5. Behavioral/mental health diagnoses.
6. History of substance abuse.
7. History of running away from home, foster care and/or residential placements.
8. History of poor school performance.
9. History of conflict with caregivers. ; Therapeutic & Clinical Treatment
1. Provide for the child/youth’s developmental, emotional, physical and educational needs including intensive
trauma-informed mental health care, and access to on-going education at the appropriate developmental
2. Daily therapeutic programming that offers different modalities of evidence-based treatment specific to
individual’s mental health and developmental needs as well as daily living skills.