Residential Treatment Services
St. Charles Youth & Family Services has been providing quality residential treatment for almost 100 years. In addition to our experience providing residential programming, our agency meets the community needs through our licensed clinical outpatient services (including AODA treatment), our employment services, case management, alternative education and recovery services, among others.
St. Charles provides Residential Treatment Services for male youth, ages 13 -17 requiring residential treatment due to mental health needs and/or in conjunction with court involvement.
St. Charles is keenly aware that each youth has a specific history and unique treatment needs. St. Charles has specifically design our programming to accommodate small groups of youth on each of our treatment units; ultimately building strong therapeutic relationships between staff and youth to deliver individualized programming. Our trauma-informed treatment approach includes working closely with the referral source to help identify and prioritize the client’s needs and customize a plan to pair meaningful interventions to the presenting needs. Our “menu” of interventions include:
A Variety of Therapy Approaches:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Aggression Replacement Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Individual AODA Therapy
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Trauma Therapy/Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)
A Variety of High Interest Activities
- Challenge by Choice-experiential activities
- Art/Music expression activities
- Optional Bible Study
- On and off campus recreation outlets (sports, games, movies, outings, etc.)
A VARIETY OF SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT
- Medication Assessment and Management
- Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis
A VARIETY OF SKILL BUILDING OPTIONS:
- Cognitive Intervention Groups
- Job Training/ Workforce Skill Building, College/Trade/Vocational Exploration
- Community Service (Service Learning)
- Independent Living Skills
- Trauma Informed Psychoeducational Group (Safety, Emotion, Loss, Future-S.E.L.F.)
- Moral Reconation Groups (Restorative Practices)
- Curriculum-Integrated Anger Management Groups (What’s Good about Anger)
- On grounds school with state-licensed special education teachers
- On-site family center to accommodate overnight stays for visiting parents
- Bi-weekly client progress reports for purchasers
24 Hour Care Crisis/Respite Services
St. Charles also provides 24 Hour Care-Crisis/Respite Services to meet emergency needs of youth who are in need of a temporary, safe environment due to placement disruption, respite need or unforeseen circumstances.
St. Charles Residential Programs provides voluntary short-term crisis/respite services for up to nine days for male youth, ages 12-17.
The majority of youth enrolled in St. Charles Residential Crisis/Respite Services are entering services due to a recent crisis that could jeopardize the stabilization of their current living situation. Unit staff has been trained in nationally recognized intervention approaches which prepares them specifically to address the various needs of these youth entering respite care. Each youth works with staff to develop a Safety/Calming Assessment to help define potential triggers as well as individualized strategies for self-calming techniques. Youth will benefit from daily contact with credentialed mental health professionals who can support the youth during his stay.
MAINTAINING CONTINUITY IN THE COMMUNITY
St. Charles Residential Crisis/Respite Services are designed to meet immediate needs during this time without disruption in a youth’s daily schedule. Staff provide transportation to home schools, scheduled doctor’s and therapist appointments, and will insure that collateral communication continues with all pertinent contacts on the youth’s team.
St. Charles staff pay specific attention to maintaining a youth’s medication regimen. The agency’s Nurse and specifically trained staff provide oversight for medication reconciliation with prescribing doctors.
When youth are placed in Crisis/Respite Services, programming is designed to help stabilize and prepare for next steps; whether it is reintegration or potentially a new placement. Our Crisis/Respite Services is not intended as a treatment option, yet youth will benefit from: