Girl’s Residential Treatment Facility (GRTF)
The Children’s Home of Reading offers residential care for female youth with significant emotional needs, mental health diagnosis, and meeting medical necessity criteria. The program is comprised of a 12 bed self-contained unit that provides continued treatment to adolescent females. The philosophy of CHOR Youth & Family Services residential programs is based on the belief that adolescents with psychiatric disorders should be treated in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe residential treatment of adolescents must be as brief as possible, while allowing the necessary time to complete assessment and evaluation of the response to treatment by both the client and her family. We recognize the importance of family involvement and providing treatment to meet the individual needs of each client, adhering to CASSP principles. CHOR Youth & Family Services utilizes an intensive residential treatment approach that is both confrontational and supportive in nature. CHOR Youth & Family Services recognizes that there are limited resources and services for those transitional age youth who have demonstrated psychiatric/behavioral stability and improvement in judgment but who need to develop independent living skills in order to progress to living fully in the community. As a result, CHOR Youth & Family Services will integrate these needs into treatment planning in order to meet the needs of these youth. Discharge planning is a continual process, beginning at the client’s admission and proceeding through the length of stay, until the actual discharge. The length of stay will be determined by medical necessity with the goal of successfully returning the adolescent to the community with appropriate support services in place.
The anticipated outcomes of the Girl’s RTF program is to reintegrate the adolescent back into the community with the necessary skill set to manage the symptomology of their mental health or trauma conditions. The program will focus on developing these necessary skills through evidenced—based modalities such as TF-CBT (trauma-focused CBT), ART (Aggression Replacement Training), TREM (Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model), elements of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) when appropriate as well as other life skills curriculum that is conducive to the treatment of female adolescents. Successfully discharged clients will use these newly learned skills to positively integrate into the family, community, and school settings while being supported by the necessary community-based services.