Juvenile Residential Therapy

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For offenders with mental health impairment, TJJD’s institutional facilities are staffed with mental health professionals in order to provide services that meet the needs of each juveniles. For those diagnosed with severe mental health issues they are most likely placed in Corsicana Residential Treatment Program. The immediate goal is to treat the youth’s mental health impairment. Once this is accomplished the focus of treatment is on changing the delinquent and criminal patterns within the juvenile’s behavior. The final goal within treatment concerns reintegrating youth with his or her family. Unfortunately handling juveniles with mental health problems pose a particularly difficult problem for TJJD. However, according to TJJD the specialized…show more content…
The ranch serves up to 61 children from ages 13–17 who are referred to Brookhaven by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service, the Texas Department of Health, as well as individual counties with whom they contract with. The Brookhaven treatment model emphasizes a behavioral and relational approach to a child’s therapy experience. The program believes that healing occurs in relationships, not just in the theories and interventions which are utilized within therapy. Youth are monitored and their progress is assessed weekly by a treatment team including, therapists, direct care staff, teachers, and other professionals working directly with the youth. Youth are taught integrity and respect through learning and practicing appropriate social interactions. For youth in need of specialized sexual health services, Brookhaven enrolls these children in their sexual health program. The program addresses issues related to sexual boundaries, sexual identity, or behaviors related to sexually acting out. Brookhaven’s Youth Ranch has licensed sexual offender treatment provider along with trained staff, which provides individual and group counseling (“Brookhaven,”…show more content…
As mentioned within the paper, there are benefits to having services provided by both public and private entities; however, there are also concerns. The public sector, which was portrayed by services offered by TJJD, are required to provide yearly reports. In many ways these reports keep the system accountable for the money they are spending and the services they provide or require for juvenile offenders. The reports are open to the public and are easily accessible. As it relates to research, these reports allow people to critically assess juvenile programs, while challenging the government to refine or create programs superior to the ones offered in the past. Reports like these are harder to find regarding services offered by private entities and is a concern. Programs in which juvenile offenders are required to successfully complete, should never be determined by trial and error; however, this is often the case. On a positive note, private entities and community resources typically target the specific needs of a juvenile and include mental health components. Programs which do not offer mental health services should be critically assessed, as they are less likely to succeed. It is important that continued research is applied to the programs offered by both the public and private sectors. As it stands today, treatment services offered
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