The program demands that residents participate in planning their futures and take responsibility for their lives. It is their life and they need to know how to plan it, how to decrease the struggle with power figures, and how to focus on developing their own social skills, intellectual skills, building autonomy, emancipation skills, vocational areas of interest, as well as spiritual needs.
The residents, like all children, need:
- To be listened to
- Given valuable information that they can use to make decisions
- Given the language to express their feelings and opinions
- Develop positive coping skills
- To be taught living skills and social skills
- To take responsibility for their actions
- To learn to protect themselves
- To learn to problem solve
It is our intent to provide the best care possible for the residents and, at the same time, assist them in gaining control of their behavior.
The Group Home provides diagnostic, assessment and stabilization services to teens. The program provides a safe environment to help residents stabilize problem behaviors that interfere with being successful. The program provides 24-hour residential care within guidelines of the group home licensed by the State of California. The program focuses on
- Social skills development
- Life skills
- Decision making
Residents are expected to participate in planning their future and learn to take responsibility for their actions.
The first goal is to provide food, shelter, clothing, and security
The second goal is to give the resident an opportunity to start over, within the guidelines of Title 22 and requirements by the county court system.
The third goal is an assessment to complete a thorough evaluation of the resident's past involvement in the system, on all levels, and provide through psychological assessment, psychiatric assessment, a psycho-social evaluation, and medical history. The evaluation will also include evaluating cognitive needs, and resident's ambitions, strengths, and weaknesses. The evaluation will cover all areas from a psycho-social evaluation to independent living skills and hygiene.
The fourth goal is to provide basic instruction in social skills, self-esteem, trustworthiness, home and school rules and responsibilities, dealing with authority figures, dealing with problems, and interacting with others. The program provides instruction on relating to peers and adults, on how to gain friendships, how to deal with instruction, maintaining friendships, sharing and assisting others. It will provide basic instruction on understanding social situations, reviewing personality attributes how to get along with others in the community, everyday etiquette and activities.