Children who come to St. Mary's Home for
Children come from a variety of backgrounds. However, most have a
history of trauma, such as abuse or neglect in common, and all have
been placed at St. Mary's because their treatment needs cannot be
met in a home or community setting. With this in mind, St. Mary's
Home for Children has developed a treatment philosophy based on the
belief that all children deserve to be safe, to grow up with a sense
of belonging to family and community, and to know that they are worthwhile
and competent, as they prepare to be productive members of the community.
Treatment planning begins with a thorough
understanding of a child's abuse, or trauma history. Planning is
a team process and involves parents or guardians as well as
trained child care, clinical and medical professionals. Planning
for treatment is always individualized to enhance and develop
every child's unique strengths, skills, and potential.
plays an important role in treatment beyond the planning stage as
well. Family members are involved in school and other progress meetings
and also enjoy on and off campus activities to practice new skills
that help children prepare for home.
The clinical team at St. Mary's includes
specially trained child care workers, masters-level clinicians,
nurses and consulting psychologists and psychiatrists. Together
with children and parents, the team assesses needs and develops a
culturally competent, family centered, strengths based,
individual treatment plan. Both clinical and nursing staff
are available during non regular business hours for any
St. Mary's Home for Children provides a continuum of residential
care from long term treatment to acute crisis stabilization. At
every level of care children's safety and wellbeing is our main
Continuum of Residential Programs
Residential Treatment - Horton, Hope & Mauran Programs
St. Mary’s ascribes to the SAMSHA supported Building
Bridges Initiative as our framework for residential treatment services.
St. Mary’s Home for Children believes Residential
Treatment is an intervention and not a destination, meaning that we
believe that our intervention should be short-term and intensive and
include family and supports in every aspect of treatment planning.
Our team works with and supports families in their homes and communities
and on the St. Mary’s campus from admission through the aftercare
component of our services.
St. Mary’s Home for Children is committed to meeting the needs of
youth in the least restrictive environment. Sometimes a youth requires
a short stay to meet their needs before stepping down to a less restrictive
placement or returning home. Our Treatment Team works closely with
the child, family and referral source to determine the most beneficial
length of stay.
Boys ages 6 through the age of 13 and girls ages
13 through the age of 18 and their families participate in a program
that emphasizes positive relationships and healing. Daily and weekly
treatment include school and homework, recreational activities, individual
treatment, group and family treatment, family time, off grounds activities,
and social and daily living skills development.
Acute Residential Treatment Services (ARTS) - Harding Program
Acute Residential Treatment Services (ARTS) is designed
as a hospital step down for children no longer needing in-patient
care and for children diverted from hospitalization. The ARTS program
provides boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-18 intensive short term stabilization,
individual therapy, family and group therapy, psychiatric evaluation
and medication stabilization and needs assessment and referral, in
a flexible yet structured, safe, therapeutic, and nurturing environment.
Assessment and Stabilization Services - Hills Program
The assessment and stabilization program provides
clinical assessment and support and treatment planning for girls ages
12-17, and their families. Residents of the program go to public school,
participate in community activities and attend weekly group treatment.
Every effort is made to provide a structured and normal lifestyle
until a more permanent home can be found. Clinicians are trained in
the My Life My Choice curriculum and provide groups for youth in the
program. The mission of My Life My Choice is to prevent the commercial
sexual exploitation of adolescents through survivor-led programs that
educate and empower youth to find their voice. My Life My Choice creates
a positive life path while working to eliminate the violence and victimization
of sexual exploitation.
Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)
The Building Bridges Initiative is a national endeavor
to promote practice and policy that creates strong partnerships among
families, youth, community, advocates and policy makers, and residentially-based
treatment and service providers to improve the lives of young people
and their families. It's aim is to advance these partnerships in order
to improve lives. Please see the BBI tab on our website for additional
information about BBI.
St. Mary's Home for Children promotes regular contact,
communication, and continued relationships with siblings and extended
family through family and community time and phone contact, when such
contact is approved. We support family involvement by encouraging
family participation in decision making, treatment planning and welcoming
families into the house for family and community nights.
A major component of our partnership is flexibility between the family's home and residential intervention. We work with families in their homes and in the residential program to move toward a successful reunification. Once reunified, the team will provide support and services in the family's home and community for up to 6 months post discharge.
As part of our commitment to Family Engagement and
the Building Bridges Initiative, St. Mary's Home for Children partners
with the Parent Support Network. Parent Support Partners provide support
to parents/caregivers to reduce barriers and prepare for meetings
with schools, service agencies, and family court. The Parent Support
Partner works with families to identify issues and assists in developing
a plan of next steps.
St. Mary's Home for Children partners with Foster
Forward to fulfill our commitment to Youth Voice and Choice. Our youth
mentor has lived experience and works to support youth to advocate
for themselves, prepare for meetings, learn conflict resolution, and
enhance leadership skills.