SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services – Limestone Location

SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services’ on-campus residential facility, SteppenStone Youth Treatment Center (SSYTC) is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health for 33 boys. Each resident is provided an individual room and they are required to take care of their personal hygiene needs separately to increase feelings of personal safety and decrease opportunities to act out. A high staff to resident ratio (day 1:3, evening 1:4, night 1:8) along with state-of-the-art technology assures each boy an environment that encourages personal responsibility, accountability, pro-social interaction and the respect for self and others.

Upon admission to SSYTC, the adolescent receives a comprehensive 12 to 16 hour orientation program. Every adolescent participates in a strong behavior management program utilizing logical and natural consequences. The behavior management program is designed specifically to address dynamic risk factors such as personal responsibility, accountability, choices, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. The primary clinical goal of our behavior management program is to establish a healthy pro-social environment that challenges the adolescent to behave and interact differently than when he was acting out.

Within 72 hours of admission, the treatment team develops an initial treatment plan. Over the next thirty days, the clinical treatment team will begin assessing and evaluating the presence of dynamic risk factors associated with his acting out. This evaluation is done through the clinical contacts as well as the adolescent’s behavior on the unit. Clinical contacts include a minimum of three therapy groups and two skill development groups each week. Group therapy addresses the dynamic risk factors associated with interpersonal social skills, communication, peer relationships, self-respect, and self-worth. In addition to group, each client receives a minimum of one hour of individual therapy each week. Individual therapy is used to help the adolescent identify and address ongoing risk factors, identification of his cycle, and development of adaptive coping responses. Along with individual therapy, the adolescent will participate in family therapy a minimum of twice a month. Family therapy focuses on the supervision, structure, family roles, communication, and appropriate discipline. In addition to receiving family therapy, for adolescents in our region, in home family services are also provided a minimum of once a week to assist the family in incorporating the changes in the home. For those adolescents outside our region, our in home family services are provided a minimum of once a month.

Adjunct clinical services include daily therapeutic group activities to assist the adolescent in addressing peer relationships and managing peer conflict. Adolescents participate in peer groups daily to further assist in developing and practicing communication, social, and interpersonal skills. Twice a week the adolescent participates in motor skill development to address delays/deficits in motor skills. Deficits in motor skills impact body image, self-esteem, and self-worth. Throughout the adolescent’s treatment, he will develop personal goals on a weekly basis. This allows adolescents to practice self-evaluation, self-care, and personal responsibility for their treatment. Successful completion of weekly goals allows adolescents to participate in goal activities. Success in meeting individual goals quarterly allows adolescents to participate in extended off campus activities.

In addition to the clinical treatment services, Monday through Friday adolescents receive 6 ½ hours of education on a daily basis. These exceptional academic services are offered through an on-campus school that is licensed and accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education. SteppenStone Academy operates year-round and provides the opportunity to graduate with a full high school diploma or complete the requirements and testing to receive a GED. For many troubled youth, their poor performance in school is precipitated by underlying emotional, behavioral and sexual issues. At SteppenStone, the individual academic needs of each student are addressed as an integrated part of their treatment program