Admission Process

Admission Process

In most circumstances, if there is an available bed or one is anticipated in the near future, initial orientation will be scheduled. If there is no bed available, we will discuss this with the referring party and, with their agreement, place the child on our waiting list. If it is determined that the referral is not appropriate or that the program is unable to serve the family or the child for some other reason, (see exclusion criteria below) this will be discussed and we will make an effort to refer the family or the child to other services or agencies which may be able to meet their needs.

Requirements for Admission

  • Complete Referral Packet
  • Documents substantiating legal custody of child, other than the child’s biological parents.
  • Copies of any court orders which show the child to be on probation or parole, if applicable.
  • Birth Certificate. Does not need to be an “official” copy.
  • Any psychological testing reports or evaluations generated during the past two years.
  • Discharge summaries from any psychiatric hospitalizations during the past two years.
  • A Social History of the child and his/her family situation. This should list all previous placements when at all possible.
  • Documentation of a recent physical examination, EPSDT and medical assessment, completed within 30 days prior to the date of admission.
  • Documentation of recent dental visits, within 1 year prior to admission. This should include any orthodontic records, if applicable.
  • Medical/Dental Insurance.
  • Current Immunization Record. All immunizations should be up to date at the time of admission.
  • Adequate clothing upon admission, at a minimum of 3 changes of clothes, weather appropriate and 1 pair of shoes in good condition.
  • Educational (school) information: Last report card
  • Current Individual Educational Plan if special status
  • Most recent testing
  • Assigned school grade
  • Prescription for current medications or 30 day supply of medications.

Exclusion Criteria

  • The child or adolescent is suicidal or homicidal
  • The child or adolescent is diagnosed as having continuing psychotic episodes
  • The child or adolescent is diagnosed as having a mental illness that is life threatening, indicates severe personality disorganization or deterioration, or may seriously affect the treatment process
  • The child or adolescent is a serious theat to himself or others and is in need of a locked or secured setting
  • The child or adolescent who has ongoing medical needs which would restrict full participation in the normal group process or who would be at risk in a residential treatment setting.
  • The child or adolescent does not have the mental capacity to partcipate actively in the peer group process or to use abstract thought.
  • Children with an IQ lower tnan 55 or have adaptive functioning indicating moderate to severe mental retardation are not appropriate unless individually assessed by our clinicians and it is determined they can comprehend the cognitive portion of our program.
  • The child or adolescent is in need of acute psychiatric hospitalization and/or requires incarceration for major acts of violence or aggression within the past six (6) months.