Enhanced Treatment Program (Hard-to-Place Children)
The Children’s home of Kingston has provided 14 “hard to place” beds since 2009. The Enhanced Program offers 24 hour a day intensive supervision and treatment in the therapeutic milieu for those boys in need of an environment that is open, yet allows limited and controlled exposure to the community. A diverse range of services are brought together in one setting, including psychiatric and psychological services, clinical services (individual, group and family therapy), family support services, child care, casework, special education, health care, recreation and supportive services such. Each child has his own room, the opportunity of attending the agency’s on-campus special education school, and receives intensive clinical and other therapeutic services.
The Enhanced Program serves youth with deficits in their cognitive-social-emotional functioning and may have an IQ as low as 50. These deficits are addressed with modifications in the cottage and educational modifications (if applicable) in one of our 6:1:2 self-contained classrooms. The level system and recreational activities reflect the needs of the youth in this program as well as increasing the intensity and frequency of medication management and psychiatric monitoring. An addition to the intensive clinical and therapeutic services is a Behavioral Specialist who works directly with the youth in the cottages and during recreational activities through group and individual activities. The program is designed to maximize the child’s potential so that he may return home or move on to a community setting as soon as possible.
Referrals to the Enhanced Program should include:
- A complete social history of the child and his family
- A recent psychological examination including the results of projective testing
- A recent psychiatric evaluation
- Educational records including material from his present school placement
- Up-to-date health records
- Current legal status