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Alternative Homes for Youth

It is our mission Alternative Homes for Youth to transform the effects of trauma, neglect, and abuse in the lives of children.

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Education program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Description

At AHFY, our education department focuses on teaching students in meaningful ways, not only academic information, but also transferrable work and life skills. The classroom environment includes two classrooms, both with small computer labs, and a library with books for both education and enjoyment. The learning environment at AHFY takes a very realistic approach to ensuring that each student has access to general education curriculum at a level that is both appropriate and challenging to each individual's needs, as well as preparing our youth for higher education experiences. Our class sizes, being much smaller than that of a public school, enable the education staff to know each student's academic and behavioral needs. Students are encouraged to discover their most potent learning style and learn how to communicate or self-advocate for that style, eventually allowing that skill to be transferred into job-related tasks.
The program's core values include not only ensuring individualized education, but also behavior management, social skills directives, and to provide a functional and meaningful education to youth who may have not had positive educational experiences in the past. The program offers these things in order to further the youth's intentions of attending vocational/technical programs, or higher education and gainful employment. These are evidenced within two of our School Improvement Plan's goals of providing a school-wide behavior management plan, including effective behavioral incentive and consequence programs and to deliver evidence based curriculum that is engaging and enveloped with technology.

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Evidence of Program's Success

When I started my program at Alternative Homes for Youth, I was thinking that I could still do whatever I wanted and there was not a person who could oppose me. I did not feel I fit in anywhere and I only cared about myself. I knew that when I made poor choices that it affected the way I made others feel, but I did not care about that either. This is my 6th group home and I was extremely hesitant to engage in the program.
I began therapy and my therapist noticed all the little things and would check in on her own time. It was not my scheduled time and that meant a lot. I have a lot of self-harming habits and thanks to my treatment, I have not cut myself all year; the longest streak ever.
Through all of this, I have learned how to be a stronger more independent person. Most importantly, I have learned three very important words: "Surrender" and "Delayed Gratification". Also, I learned that I use to be a very selfish person.
At Alternative Homes for Youth, I have earned my diploma, entered into the Independent Living Program and am currently job hunting.
At Alternative Homes for Youth I have experienced Youth Advisors and Teachers that really listen and help you through each day. I feel like I have made some strong and close relationships because of this that will help in a successful future.

Non Residential Services

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Alternative Homes for Youth Transition and Aftercare Program

AHFY's Transitions Coordinator (TC) will meet with a youth and his/her Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) zero (0) to 120 days prior to being paroled. The Transitions Coordinator will gather information in order to complete a 360 degree assessment of the most effective way to offer support to the youth once on parole. AHFY's TC will participate in the MDT staffing and/or parole hearing. Additionally the TC will give the youth a "transitions survey" in order to gather more information about the youth and his/her current independent living skills.

The goal of the Transition Program is to ensure the youth has a full time program which may include employment, education or a combination of the two.

The TC in conjunction with the youth's MDT and in alliance with the youth's DCP and CJRA will create an individualized transition plan to ensure successful reintegration into the community.

Community Transition activities include but are not limited to:
• Case Management
• Wrap-around service coordination
• Independent living education
• Job skills education including creating a resume, completing job applications and participating in mock interviews
• Transportation support including teaching a youth how to access and utilize free and public transportation
• Accessing sustainable community resources
• Parole compliance support
• Support with job interviews
• Support with job searching
• School enrollment including high school and college as well as how to apply for financial aid
• Obtaining vital records
• Linkage to appropriate recreational activities
• Offense specific community registration
• Support in attending community 12-step group including providing transportation and accompanying the youth to the meeting
• Crisis management
• Attending MDT staffings when appropriate
• Assistance in locating local cultural and religious support
• Coordinating community service hours
• Transportation and advocacy for court appearances



Other services that are offered on a fee for services basis:
• Mentoring Drug and alcohol screening


Monthly Community Transition Services (Low) 4-8 hours/month with Transition Coordinator

Monthly Community Transition Services (Medium) 8-15 hours/month with Transition Coordinator

Monthly Community transition services (High)
15+ hours/month with Transition Coordinator
Emergency pager/on-call crisis management support included

Transition with Therapy Services
Monthly Community Transition Services (Low with therapy)
4-8 hours/month with Transition Coordinator plus in home therapy with TC and therapist up to 3 hours/week

Monthly Community Transition Services (Medium with therapy)
8-15 hours/month with Transition Coordinator plus in home therapy with TC and therapist up to 3 hours/week

Monthly community transition services (High with therapy)
Assigned Transition Coordinator 15+ hours/week plus in home therapy with TC and therapist up to 3 hours/week
Emergency pager/on-call crisis management support included

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Evidence of Program's Success

Residential Child Care Facility

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Males
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Offenders/Ex-offenders
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Alternative Homes for Youth's (AHFY) Residential Child Care Facility treats adolescent males with sexually abusive behaviors, substance abuse challenges, mental health challenges, and challenges with other criminogenic behaviors ages 13-20 under a RCCF license. AHFY treats youth that are dually-diagnosed, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IVTR), with such classifications as, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (as well as several other DSM-IVTR distinctions). The youth may or may not require use of psychotropic medication.

Therapeutic Services Offered
Offense Specific Group Therapy is designed to support youth with sexual behavior problems to interrupt and eliminate patterns of abuse. This group uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach and is facilitated by SOMB credentialed therapists.
Art Therapy Group is a place for radical self-expression through the creative process. This is a group for new identity exploration, integration of the therapeutic process, and connecting with others-all through the universal language of art.
Healthy Relationships Group utilizes an interactive psychoeducational approach to introduce essential concepts and skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships. Youth are offered opportunities to develop social skills in personal, professional, and dating relationships.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is offered to support youth in learning mindfulness skills and how to manage distress.
Independent Living Skills Group introduces life skills to foster independence. Youth receive instruction on subjects such as: budgeting, job searching and interviewing, housekeeping, healthcare, vehicle maintenance, meal planning and nutrition, and other basic skills.

Therapeutic Milieu is an environment where youth are able to practice new skills in everyday living. Through a strengths-based structure, youth progress through Levels and Steps to mark the accomplishments of completed treatment goals and behavioral changes. Communication, empathy, and responsibility are the cornerstones of milieu life.
Individual Therapy and Family Therapy services are tailored to the unique needs of each client in support of successful completion of their individualized treatment plans.
Informed Supervision Training is provided for families and guardians of youth with problem sexual behavior. This training is focused on helping supervisors learn how to keep youth and the community safe.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - We have a licensed clinician who is trained in using EMDR with clients who have experienced severe trauma. This therapeutic modality is used in individual therapy, when necessary.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During Fiscal year 2019-2020 95% of the youth successfully completed this program.

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