Our secure programs are designed to hold juvenile offenders ages 10 - 19 (up to 21 on Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (EJJ)). All placements in the secure residential program are accompanied by a Court order. Psychological evaluations may also be administered upon request or referral to either program. We will assist area counties with transportation whenever possible.
Secure Residential Program
The focus of this program is to provide a positive and worthwhile experience for youth, where progress and success can be measured and tangible goals can be met.
Initial acceptance of any resident shall be determined by administrative staff. A court order must accompany a new resident entering our program.
- New residents may be of either gender and between the ages of 10-19 years old. Youth on EJJ may also be accepted into and participate in the program until their 21st birthday.
- There will have been an adjudication of delinquency or a signed court order.
- Court order should specify desired programming components.
- We have an initial 10 day acceptance period. We also reserve the right to terminate a stay if a resident's behavior gets completely out of hand or there are specific psychological problems over and above what this agency can accommodate.
- We will obtain information regarding social history and background materials. We must also immediately receive educational and medical history information.
The program is designed to focus on areas of concern that are identified by the family/legal guardian, referring agency, and the resident. The youth will be assigned a special counselor who will facilitate in addressing those issues. A contract will be drawn up that will be based on the specified areas of concern. The contract will be used as an outline to determine measurable progress and success. It will also include individual responsibilities, such as work details and journaling, as well as expected behavior. The youth's progress and privileges are determined by their ability to meet the objectives of their contract and their behavior.
Programming Component Options
Substance Use Programming
The West Central Regional Juvenile Center (WCRJC) contracts with Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals to offer group and individual with substance use concerns. The program modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use (CBI-SU). The program is designed for individuals that are moderate to high need in the area of substance abuse and well suited for criminal justice populations. The curriculum can be delivered as a stand-alone substance abuse intervention, or incorporated into a larger program, particularly those designed for clients in the corrections system. As the name of the curriculum suggests, this intervention relies on a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding substance abuse. The program places heavy emphasis on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development. Such cognitive- behavioral strategies have routinely demonstrated high treatment effects, including when used with a correctional population.
The program is broken down into the following modules: Pre-Treatment Module (optional), Module One: Motivational Engagement, Module Two: Cognitive Restructuring, Module Three: Emotion Regulation, Module Four: Social Skills, Module Five: Problem Solving, Module Six: Success Planning.
Youth participate in dual diagnosis programming for an average of 17 sessions, meeting twice weekly to process and work toward recovery.
Comprehensive assessments are available upon request.
Trauma Services/Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The facility partners with Lutheran Social Services to provide trauma therapy onsite with our residents. An initial trauma assessment is conducted to determine the level of care needed and if standard trauma services or trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is more appropriate. Mental health professionals provide individual therapy to youth based on the level of care that they require. Therapists are also able to provide family therapy to families that would benefit from the service.
Lutheran Social Service also provides a counselor for weekly family counseling sessions for those families who wish to participate. After the initial face to face counseling session, weekly meetings can be held via the telephone/Skype. The family sessions are provided with no cost being assessed to the family or county.
Pathways is a community-based program tailored for youth who have engaged in sexual misconduct or problematic sexual behaviors. Our program aims to help youth and their families identify individual strengths and resolve concerns that may have contributed to abusive behavior. The Pathways treatment model is designed to support youth in learning about themselves, their behaviors, their attitudes, and to explore and understand how their behaviors have affected others.
Programming is delivered by Master and Doctorate level mental health professionals who possess advanced training in this area. Each youth’s individual risks, strengths, and needs are assessed prior to beginning the Pathways program through a completed comprehensive psychosexual evaluation completed by another professional. Ongoing assessment of needs is completed throughout the duration of treatment. The Pathways program adheres to ethical treatment guidelines established by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), an international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.
The average length of programming is contingent upon the achievement of each youth’s intervention objectives. This treatment approach is based on the idea that successful treatment requires that youth not only learn effective adaptive skills, but also develop and demonstrate healthy thinking and behaviors to prevent sexually abusive or problematic behaviors. The program consists of a primary phase, followed by aftercare. Pathways provides up to four hours of individual and group therapy per week to each youth.
Polygraph examinations are not included as a standard component of the Pathways program; however, they can be scheduled at the placing authority’s request. If a polygraph examination is requested, Pathways will work with the youth to prepare for the polygraph. In addition, we can assist the placing authority in securing a polygraph examiner and providing office space for the polygraph to be conducted. Payment for the polygraph will be the responsibility of the placing authority.
The program provides at least three hours per week of medication management services in conjunction with Dr. Amy LaValla of Oasis Mental Health and Wellness. Residents in the program have the opportunity to meet with the Dr. LaValla multiple times during their stay in the program.