Each resident is assigned a licensed clinician who serves as their therapist and case manager. This clinician begins working on discharge planning as soon as a resident is admitted, coordinating with the resident’s family and outside service providers.
We include families in treatment, and family therapy is a large component of our program. Prior to discharge, when possible, we encourage families to spend time off of the unit (a “sign-out”), beginning with on-campus visits, sign-outs, then progressing to day trips and weekends, so that we know that our residents are capable of using their skills outside of the program. We know that it is important to share what our students are learning here with their families, incorporating effective coping skills for when our residents return home. We work together with families to help determine the appropriate time for sign-outs, discharge, and in determining the next step for the individual after leaving.
With the student-centric support they receive while in our care, our residents achieve goals that previously seemed unattainable. Our goal is that when our residents are ready to return to their communities, they use the tools they gained, and are able to appropriately manage their emotions and relationships. We work with our residents to promote independence and responsibility, and most of our residents stay with us for an average stay of nine months, although since each individual is unique, the length of stay varies depending on the individual’s ability to adapt to the program and reach their goals.
In the wake of COVID-19, our RTC team is always In search of creative ways to engage families. When visiting restrictions have been in place, residents have been able to participate in on-campus, outdoor visits and family therapy sessions. They also are able to participate in "virtual visits" utilizing tablet devices. In addition, residents have contact with their families virtually for treatment planning meetings and family therapy sessions.