Safe and Secure Placement for At-Risk Youth
The Intensive Supervision Unit Program is designed to offer a safe and secure treatment environment to youth who present high-risk behaviors or present as a threat to abscond. The facilities are designed for maximum supervision, high staff to youth ratios, and a high level of involvement of the youth in pro-social activities and efforts. By addressing the youth's behavior patterns in a structured manner, reinforcement schedules aimed at social skills will address his needs.
Each youth will participate in a structured and disciplined lifestyle within the program with a decreasing amount of supervision and structure as he adjusts and displays the ability to function. Youth will be given more decision making tasks as they progress within the system. The goal for this program is to provide treatment and stabilization with an eventual transition to a less restrictive environment.
- Delinquent and dependent males, 13 to 18 years of age
- Youth requiring the highest level of security, protection, and supervision due to lack of impulse control
- Youth who present a high risk of absconding
- Youth who present a high risk for physical aggression
- Youth who present with a high risk of self-destructive behaviors
The three Intensive Supervision units are self contained and staff secure with delayed egresses to ensure safety and security. All egresses from the units are equipped with time delayed locking mechanisms deterring youth from exiting the facility. Video monitoring is utilized to ensure safety in the living areas and the individual classroom. Each unit accommodates 11 individual bedrooms, which serve to provide separation of youth during the evening and sleeping hours. Each facility is equipped with a full service kitchen, visitation room, clinician's office, group therapy room, common areas, recreation areas, and classroom.
Treatment within the unit is coordinated by a treatment team coordinator who is a master’s-level therapist. Additional treatment team staff include a campus director, clinical managers, a psychiatrist and medical staff who meet weekly to discuss youth's treatment and progress within the unit. The placing agency and family are invited to participate in the youth's placement and will be offered family intervention as a tool to prepare the youth to return to the family and community.
Each youth is required to participate in four groups weekly through outpatient services, to develop and promote pro-social values. Additionally, skill development is monitored through the use of a motivational system which teaches and reinforces social skills and appropriate social interaction. The motivational system is an integral part of the therapeutic milieu. Groups and the motivational system are used to promote and encourage positive peer leadership, examine each youth's need for intensive supervision, and challenge the youth to break the cycle of anti-social behaviors and attitudes. Daily responsiblities, chores, and positive social interactions with peers are required and will be used to teach personal responsibility as well as responsibility to others.
Our consulting psychiatrists are available to assist with program planning and development for youth who have difficulty within the program and been identified as possessing more severe emotional disorders than first indicated. A psychologist is available to provide testing as necessary. A full medical infirmary is located on-site to provide routine care and treatment for physical health.
Educational services are provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.
Due to the high risk needs of the youth placed within the Intensive Supervision Unit Program, the recreational area attached to each facility is secured. Youth are able to participate in other recreational activities outside of the Intensive Supervision facilities with staff supervision and security. During each evening, the youth participate in a study hour in order to complete assigned homework relative to academic progress and a quiet time hour when they are able to read, write letters, or engage in other solitary pastimes.
Home Passes and Visitation
Visits by immediate family members are available every weekend to promote family reunification and may include family therapy sessions. Visits are encouraged to occur on either Saturday or Sunday. George Junior Republic may assist each family in making visitation arrangements. Regular contact between youth and family members is promoted in terms of written correspondence and phone calls.
Due to the high risk behaviors of the youth to himself and those around him, home passes are not permitted while in the Intensive Supervision Unit Program. Once a youth's behaviors have been stabilized, he will be recommended for a step down into George Junior Republic's Special Needs Program where he can begin earning home passes.
Referrals and Discharge
Youth are recommended for a step down or discharge when the individually identified treatment goals have been attained. Recommendations are made to the placing agency regarding the youth's custody, court supervision, and supportive rehabilitations services. Youth completing the Intenstive Supervision Unit Program are typically referred for a step down to a lower level of care such as the Special Needs Program. Some youth may be referred to an alternative placement, depending on the resources available to them.