What is This?
The Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) provides behavioral stabilization and permanency services to youth ages 12-17. The focus of treatment is to help youth and families build skills to manage challenging behaviors, restore permanent family connections and strengthen community ties through a continuum of interventions provided by Edgewood and its partners. The STRTP program consists of three main components:
- Assessment: Upon admission to the program children, youth, and families will participate an intensive assessment to distinguish individual and family strengths, develop treatment goals, and identify permanency plans. Initial assessment at intake will include a trauma screen, pain screen, health and nutrition screen, and a sexual exploitation screen. Assessment will continue throughout the course of treatment in collaboration with the Child and Family Team (CFT) including but not limited to psychosocial functioning, familial and community strengths, and educational needs.
- Short Term Residential Treatment: The primary goal of this phase of treatment is to provide intensive clinical and behavioral services to support a reduction in high-risk behaviors so that children and youth can return to their homes and their communities as quickly as possible. Edgewood’s treatment team takes a trauma informed approach in dealing with issues of intergenerational complex trauma and community violence. This treatment intervention is anticipated to last between 3-9 months based on clinical and medical necessity.
- Permanency & Aftercare: The Edgewood team strives to provide children, youth, and families services within Edgewood and across levels of care and locations; the seamlessness of this process will allow continuity of care and support the goal of decreasing the number of transitions a family endures. These services are individualized based on the needs of the family and are not time limited. Service need for aftercare is determined by the CFT team.
The STRTP is built on the principle that engaging families is fundamental to achieving and sustaining therapeutic gains in children and youth. Treatment is focused on behavioral stabilization and skill development with the understanding that all interventions, activities, and supports must be transferable to the home and community setting.
What Services do you offer?
Children, youth and families are central to the development and maintenance of their treatment throughout the course of their care. Edgewood emphasizes a flexible approach to service delivery as a way to reduce barriers that limit families’ involvement, participation, and learning. Our treatment is family-focused, collaborative, strengths-based, and trauma informed with the goal of helping children, youth and families develop the skills necessary to thrive in their relationships and natural environments.
Through family engagement and treatment, the child/youth and family will work together to understand and improve on stressors and dynamics that create individual and family problems, come to acknowledge and appreciate their family strengths, learn to better manage grief and loss, build safety, and develop skills and strategies that help reduce high risk behaviors.
The following array of services are available through Edgewood’s STRTP:
- Clinical Services: Individual, family and group therapy, targeted case management, crisis intervention, referrals for psychological testing, 24/7 on-call consultation system, and crisis stabilization services
- Therapeutic Milieu Services: community circles, behavior coaching and skill building, therapeutic arts and recreation, rehabilitative groups, educational support, parent and family integration, supervised visitation, family fun nights, and wellness activities
- Medial Services: psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation and assessment, nursing services, pediatrician, and nutritional counseling
- Community Services: parent support groups, foodbank, transportation support, supervised visitation, vocational/educational services, intensive home based services, recreational groups, and community outings focused on skill building,
- Permanency Services: family finding, resource mapping, crisis intervention, family reconnection coaching, step down planning, parent support groups, safety and respite planning, and crisis stabilization
WHO IS APPROPRIATE FOR OUR STRTP?
The target population for the STRTP is: Youth, ages 12-17, with moderate to severe emotional disturbance marked by a pattern of challenging behaviors that cannot be safely managed in the children or youth’s community, at home, or at school.
Common diagnosis served include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders
- Symptoms related to these diagnoses often include maladaptive behaviors such as physical aggression, suicidal behavior and suicidal ideation, chronic impulsivity, compulsive behaviors, sexualized behaviors, property destruction, poor boundaries, delusional and paranoid behaviors, disordered eating, and running away.
Siblings, commercial sexual exploited children (CSEC), and youth with physical disabilities are reviewed on a case by case basis and take into account individual needs, milieu acuity, and any other relevant history to ensure that the program can adequately and successfully help the youth achieve permanency.
Our goal is that, with appropriate structure, coaching, skill building, and supports, these children and youth will be able to return to a home, community, and school setting.
“With other programs it always felt like there was something missing, but with Edgewood this gap was filled in. Our family became whole again.”Max, Parent of Client
To learn more about the Residential Treatment Program, please contact:
Michael Clumeck, Intake Director