Youth Home's Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) follows The Family First Prevention Services Act which emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed. We provide a homelike setting on our Colonel Glenn campus.
This program offers necessary emotional and behavioral treatment for girls ages 12-17 and boys ages 10-17 who are currently in DCFS custody. Services are staffed 24/7 by Qualified Behavioral Health Providers. Prospective residents must be able to benefit from a cognitive treatment approach and function in a less restrictive setting.
Patients are Provided:
- Medication management and assessment by our Psychiatrist
- Individual, group, and family therapy by our Licensed Clinical Therapists
- Recreational activities
- Qualified Behavioral Health Provider services
- Education at either Youth Home’s on-campus Siebert Educational Center or a local public school
- Community outings
- Independent living skills
- Comprehensive care coordination
- QRTP Admission Criteria
Appropriate criteria for Youth Home's community residential treatment program includes female patients 12 to 17 years and male patients 10 to 17 years of age in DCFS custody. Potential patients must be able to live in the community without danger to themselves or others. Patients are also required to be enrolled in an education program (i.e. public school, day treatment, or vocational).
Criteria that is not appropriate for this program includes:
- Recent behaviors such as firesetting,
- Violent behavior requiring containment, seclusion or restraints within the past 45 days.
- Chronic drug or alcohol problems.
- Chronic runaway behaviors.
- Felony conviction.
- Active psychosis.
There will be other additional criteria that is considered on a case by case basis.
Information that is helpful for Screening Process
- Client in DCFS custody with approval for QRTP setting
- DCFS intake summary and/or other records reflecting family history and child's behaviors
- Placement History
- Psychiatric treatment records
- Medical history and any pertinent medical records
- School records
- Birth certificate
- Tier assessment complete or in progress
Discharge from QRTP
Planning for a patient’s discharge is an important step in the overall treatment at Youth Home. Discharge planning begins on day one of treatment. Our goal is to provide patients with the therapeutic and life skills necessary to function in a home setting. While in treatment, each patient may have different discharge goals and placement options. Some will return home to their parents/relatives while others will return to foster care or a group home setting.
It is the treatment team’s primary goal to make sure patients are placed where their needs will be met medically, educationally, and therapeutically. Our team will provide aftercare services to all clients for 6 months after they leave our program. This is to ensure that they are adjusting well in their new placement and to be a resource to them to adjust after they discharge from our programming.