An STRTP is a therapeutic treatment center in a residential setting. Our STRTP program serves adolescents of all genders 12 to 18 who have particularly challenging behaviors or mental health symptoms. Our programs serve six youth in each home. We provide care and supervision, along with specialty mental health services. Children and Non Minor Dependents enjoy a wide range of activities and events.
All youth placed at Dimondale undergo a thorough mental and physical health assessment, followed by the formation of a child and family team (CFT), comprised of related or non-related individuals with an interest in the child’s life. The CFT collaborates with facility personnel such as therapists and case managers to produce a Needs and Services Plan specifically developed to help a particular youth.
Present and past medications, both prescribed and over the counter are documented. A thorough medical and developmental history, including developmental milestones is also obtained. Psychosocial information, both past and current is explored, including school history and status, vocational interests and pursuits, juvenile court history, and child abuse and protective service information.
A full picture of family is also documented and includes current and previous living situation, composition of family, family issues of mental health, substance abuse and incarceration. Family relationships are reviewed, with attention to cultural and ethnicity to identify family needs to accessing specialty mental health services. Quality of attachment, disciplinary style, conflict/violence, and family’s ability to problem solve will also be explored and is important to treatment planning for entire family. Preliminary information about family strengths and needs will also be identified and documented, along with expectations for treatment. Family/child/NMD visitation plan is discussed as well.
The Therapist oversees and coordinates the revision of goals with the team members. The plan, in total or in part, may be reviewed and revised more frequently than quarterly if progress is not being met or has been met. All goals and subsequent revisions of the plan are documented on the Individual Needs and Services Plan and Client Treatment Plan. NSP goals are also documented in Quarterly reports by the assigned clinician and participating departments. Goals for discharge planning are also included for anticipated discharges.
Referral to MD for psychiatric evaluation will be made, if necessary, as determined by Child/Adolescent Full Assessment. Psychiatrist will review assessment and conduct an in‐depth evaluation, including medical and psychiatric history, and diagnostic impressions. CFT will be informed of MD treatment recommendations, including planned psychopharmacological interventions. For children/NMD in out-of‐home placement, a request for authorization to prescribe psychotropic medication will be completed (JV‐220) and submitted to court for approval. Once approval is received, prescription will be completed and child/NMD will begin taking medication.
The Client Treatment Plan includes short‐term goals and long‐term goals as determined by client and relevant collateral contacts. When the child/NMD is discharged from Dimondale and returns to a less restrictive setting (such as a Foster Home), Therapist and Case Manager will ensure that child/NMD transition to the new setting includes receiving specialty mental health services if needed in a location geographically convenient to the new setting. Therapist and Case Manager will continue to provide mental health and case management services as clinically appropriate during the transition at the new setting to ensure continuity of care.