“Life’s hard,” shouted Monty. “There is a lot to learn! Sometimes my brain gets tired but the staff here keep telling me to try. The encouragement helps.”
The St. Anthony Program provides a treatment setting for youth in need of a trauma-sensitive milieu to continue treatment and develop and practice life-skills. Based on a client's skill-level and treatment progress, the environment can offer the safety of a secure setting or the relative openness of transitional living arrangement. From the comprehensive assessment, to the development of an individualized treatment plan and implementation of treatment methods and skill-learning activities, the St. Anthony Program is designed to provide order and stability so youth can gain the skills to regulate their behavior and begin the move toward independence.
Specially trained therapists, child and youth care professionals, teachers, and medical staff work with the youth, family, and placing agencies to restore hope, build life-skills and foster independence.
Using the STEPS Toward a Life Worth Living© Model, the St. Anthony Program is designed to prepare adolescents for transfer to a less-restrictive community living setting. The following are offered:
Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment: A comprehensive intensive mental health assessment is done to identify an adolescent's specific behavioral health and independence needs. The purpose of the assessment is to determine level of functioning; to assess strengths and needs; to formulate a diagnosis; to determine level of care and to specify service recommendations.
Pharmacological Management and Medical Services: These services include psychiatric, medical, dental, and nursing interventions that address the medical and behavioral health needs of the adolescents served.
Group and Individual Counseling: Based on treatment needs, clients may participate in psychotherapeutic individual, family, and/or group counseling sessions. Dependent upon need, clients may participate in sessions that are based on cognitive behavioral therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) methods.
Independent Life Skills: Base on the client's unique needs, skill-building is provided in assessed life domains designed to prepare the youth for adulthood and a greater level of independence.
This program serves male and female adolescents who: