- Family Atmosphere within a structured therapeutic environment. Certified husband and wife team serves as “Teaching Parents” living with the residents on a 24 hour / 5 day week basis.
- Maximum of ten residents per cottage. Two per bedroom.
- Former show horse ranch. Horses are available and used for Equine Assisted Therapy.
- Many recreational activities available on-grounds, including fishing, weight and recreation rooms, softball field, lighted outdoor basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, gymnasium, indoor year round swimming pool, and more. Resident basketball team.
- Activities Coordinator on staff.
- Therapeutic Residential Group Home, and Behavioral Health care.
- Social casework services by a licensed Social Worker.
- Assessment and evaluation as required. Individual, group and specialized counseling as needed.
- AMAP Certified Staff.
- Character development through a structured environment nurtured by a healthy balance of discipline, recreation, education, social, and work experiences.
- Psychological testing and evaluation provided on site be a consistent, contracted licensed psychologist.
- Consistent, contracted Registered Nurse on staff.
- Utilize local psychiatric facilities and consideration of re-admission after treatment.
What kind of youth are accepted?
- Males or Females ages 10-18 (at time of admission or will accept younger to keep siblings together with a licensing wavier).
- Referrals from DHHR, Courts, or J.P.O’s.
- Neglected, Abused, Homeless, or Abandoned.
- Risk of harm to self or others is considered minimal (No history of harm to self or others, other than reaction to a single event).
- Status offenders: truancy, incorrigibility which involves mild to moderate parent-child conflict, curfew violations, petit larceny, joyriding, or other areas considered to be directly related to community and/or peer group.
- Sexual perpetrators on a limited basis with an evaluation indicating a minimal risk to re-offend.
- Developmentally disabled on a limited basis with a minimum IQ of 55.
What kind of youth are not accepted?
- Age limitations as outlined in A-1 above
- Those who have been abusive or dependent on drugs or alcohol and have tested positive within the previous six months; unless, they have completed a treatment program and have shown positive progress and a negative testing since treatment program.
- Those with a persistent pattern of disruptive behavior (physically or verbally aggressive, defiant to authority, etc.).
- Chronic or recurrent runaway (Past patterns that have shown stability in the six months would be considered).
- Moderate to severe adjustment difficulties in school, home, and/or community.
- Ineligible to attend public school or requires excessive, specialized treatment.
- History of fire setting.
- Those whose assessment scores exceed state guidelines for Level I Supportive Care. This would indicate a need for care which is more intense than outpatient and/or which includes multiple sources of supportive care.
Children returning home after treatment
- New River Ranch utilizes a level system to track each resident’s progress. Children are successfully discharged once the treatment team and/or the court feels progress has warranted release.
Children needing long term placement
- These children will participate on the above mentioned level system as well. However, once they have shown a predetermined amount of progress they may participate in the Transitional Living Program. These residents still live in the cottage, but they receive more privileges and more responsibility.
- Once these children are ready to leave the program, New River Ranch will do everything possible to assist them in finding appropriate housing, job and/or schooling. Also, New River Ranch welcomes all previous residents to return during the holidays should they have no other place to go.
Special Circumstances and Situations
- Any referral will be given consideration due to special circumstances or situations. If the referent believes placement in Level I Supportive Care is appropriate and the interview warrants placement, usually a minimum of a thirty day trial placement is required.
Previously Denied Placements
- Any referral denied placement can not be reconsidered for a period of six months.