Like a premature infant needing critical care, or an Alzheimer’s patient needing special security, there are children whose special safety issues must be met before they can begin to heal from the trauma they have previously faced. Children who need this service have unhealthy behaviors and emotions, including depression, self-injury, aggression, severe anxiety, etc. The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) cottages give them an incubator in which to develop a very secure haven in which they can begin to heal.
The PRTF is a medical model of care under the direction of a certified psychiatrist and an on-site nurse. Each child has an individualized plan intended to help him manage emotional and behavioral problems. Each plan also includes onsite therapy, schooling and recreation. The goal of the program is to stabilize the child so he or she can step down to a less restrictive program.
Grandfather Home provides residential services for adolescents who have a history of sexual trauma. The following are the admissions requirements:
- Attempted and failed in lower levels of care (Outpatient therapy, Therapeutic Foster Care, Group Homes, Intensive In Home and/or Hospitalizations).
- Age 13 to 17 (must complete the program by age 18).
- IQ 85 or greater.
- No diagnoses of Developmental Disabilities; (i.e., Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autism, Asperger’s, etc.).
- No diagnoses on Axis II.
- No substance abuse diagnoses as the primary diagnosis.
- No recent intrusive medical treatments such as surgeries or recently diagnosed pregnancies.
- Must display a willingness to follow the clinical and psychiatric recommendations of the treatment professionals.