Millcreek Behavioral Health offers a long-term residential treatment program that provides specialized training and development programming to children and teens between the ages of 6 and 17 who have intellectual disabilities and/or related developmental disabilities. The 61 children and teens living in our community-based group homes are provided a normal living environment designed to enhance all opportunities for success. A child or teen who joins our ICF/IID program must experience significant deficits in the abilities to learn, take proper care of oneself, and communicate with others effectively, and have challenges with socialization, self-direction, mobility, and living independently. In order for our teens and children to acquire adaptive behavioral skills, we are proud to offer a structured setting for our residents. Our goal is to teach the child or teen the skills needed to return to the least restrictive environment – most preferably his or her home.
When a child or teen is admitted into our program, he or she will undergo a variety of evaluations including psychiatric, medical, and diagnostic assessments that will allow us to determine the best course of action for treatment. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals, including psychologists, social services, nursing staff, psychiatrists, medical physicians, behavioral and pathological professionals, and other specialized consultation services will work together to create an individualized program plan (IPP). Each child will receive a unique program plan that contains strengths, needs, goals, objectives, and plans for discharge. Types of therapeutic interventions include:
- Medication management
- Group therapy is held daily covering a wide range of topics
- FAMS program is run by nurses to help residents learn importance of medication management
- Education is held Monday through Friday with the end-goal of graduation
- Recreational therapy
- Discharge planning
Highly integrated psychological and psychiatric services are provided to proactively treat severe emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental delays. Areas of emphasis in a child’s IPP may include:
- Developing self-care skills
- Acquiring transitional skills
- Improving communication with others
- Strengthening coping abilities and skills
- Identifying skill deficits
- Minimizing maladaptive behaviors
Training in the residential care setting focuses upon each person as an individual and includes all family members and loved ones through annual program plans, special treatment planning, overnight and day passes, and family support services.