Specialty Tracks


Youth Home has developed specialty tracks, described below, within our continuum of care.

REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER TRACK

Youth Home, Inc. has developed and implemented a program for children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Youth Home, Inc. offers a continuum of care to address problems moving from less restrictive to more restrictive depending on the client’s need. Treatment goals and objectives are individualized based on diagnosis. Multi-family groups meet monthly to offer support and education to families of children with attachment problems. Philosophy: Youth Home, Inc. recognizes the importance of attachment and bonding in relationships, and the profound negative impacts that can occur when early secure attachments are not developed. Children with characteristics of Reactive Attachment Disorder have difficulty regulating their moods, developing cause and effect thinking, developing trusting relationships, having empathy or remorse, and demonstrating adequate behavioral controls. Reactive Attachment Disorder children/adolescents resist loving interactions and instead, focus on creating conflict. This is a way of controlling their environment. Traditional interventions do not work with poorly attached youth. Due to developmental problems and neglect in early childhood, these children are often missing some key experiences needed for bonding.

SAFE SOLUTIONS TRACK

Our Safe Solutions track provides treatment for children who are at high risk for victimization. Intervention helps resolve trauma from the child’s own experiences. Children who do not get treatment are at high risk of re-victimization. We provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for sexual behavior problems such as sexual reactivity, sexual abuse trauma, and engagement in extensive mutual sexual behavior. Philosophy: Sexually reactive children are also victims and need to learn age appropriate coping skills. Families and parents need support as well. Early evaluations and intervention can eliminate inappropriate sexual acting out. Treatment helps these children to have better relationships as they grow into adults.

  • Reactive Attachment Program
  • More Info
Reactive Attachment Program

Admission Criteria

  • 12 to 17 years of age
  • RAD behavioral criteria and emotional difficulties requiring an intensive psychiatric facility
  • Recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospitalization
  • Intellectually capable of benefiting from the program (Full-scale IQ = 70 or above)
  • Regular and committed family/caregiver involvement is mandatory

Reactive Attachment Program

Are you struggling with an adolescent who:

  • Has difficulty developing trusting relationships
  • Has difficulty regulating their mood
  • Recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospitalization
  • Has difficulty with cause and effect thinking
  • Is demanding or clingy
  • Turns everything into a battle
  • Has difficulty showing empathy or remorse
  • Resists gentle loving interactions
  • Has difficulty with adequate behavioral controls
  • Has difficulty regulating their mood
  • Is destructive to self, others, or material things
  • Is aggressive
  • Has difficulty developing trusting relationships

  • Safe Solutions Track
  • More Info
Safe Solutions Track photo of girl

Admission Criteria

  • 12 to 17 years of age
  • Sexual behavior problems including: sexual reactivity, sexual abuse trauma, and engagement in extensive mutual sexual behavior that requires an intensive psychiatric facility
  • Recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospitalization
  • Intellectually capable of benefiting from the program (Full-scale IQ = 70 or above)
  • Regular and committed family/caregiver involvement

Safe Solutions Track photo of girl

Characteristics of sexually reactive adolescents and/or those with extensive mutual sexual behavior:

  • Behavior is a response to things going on around them or feelings which reawaken memories of painful or traumatic memories
  • Behavior is often not within the full conscious control of the child
  • Age inappropriate sexual acting out behavior
  • Excessive sex play or preoccupation
  • Mutual sexual contacts with others
  • Excessive masturbation
  • Child’s interest in sex overrides other activities
  • Sexual behavior continues even after intervention by parents or redirection
  • Child touches animals in a sexual way

This track is NOT acceptable for those who:

  • Use threats of harm, coercion, of bribery to keep the sexual acts a secret
  • Use violence, weapons, implements or objects during sexual acts
  • Use intimidating behavior
  • Use lies or manipulations to avoid the truth when confronted

Patient Discharge - What to Expect


Planning for a patient’s discharge is an important step in the overall treatment at Youth Home. Discharge planning begins on day one of treatment. Our goal is to provide patients with the therapeutic and life skills necessary to function in a home setting. While in treatment, each patient may have different discharge goals and placement options. Some will return home to their parents/relatives while others will return to foster care or a group home setting. It is the treatment team’s primary goal to make sure patients are placed where their needs will be met medically, educationally, and therapeutically.