Piney Ridge Treatment Center also operates Ridgeview Group Home, an off-campus 18-bed residential group home that provides a community re-entry program for young boys between the ages of 12 and 18 who have successfully completed a sexual abuse specific program. Many of the adolescents who come to us for help are in the custody of DCFS or DYS and are in need of a step-down placement from a residential treatment center such as Piney Ridge, or have a pattern of behaviors that aren’t severe enough to warrant residential treatment at the time of assessment.
The goal for Ridgeview Group Home is to teach these young men the skills needed to grow into healthy, productive, and well-rounded individuals who can become productive members of their community and society at large. Ridgeview works tirelessly to provide these young men a way to transition slowly back into their lives and re-enter our community.
Ridgeview Group Home offers the following types of therapeutic interventions for our young men and their families:
- Structured level program
- Licensed therapist who provides individual, group, and family therapy
- Adolescent attends local district school
- Teen actively participates in community and school functions
- Community reintegration activities
- Development of social skills
- Funding must be preapproved by DCFS or DYS
- Psychiatric and psycho-diagnostic services available as needed
In order to qualify for admission into Ridgeview Group Home, the following criteria must be met:
- Teen must have the intellectual capacity to effectively participate in and benefit from the treatment program. Intellectual function may be below 70 in the event the resident may benefit from the program and meets his or her own self-care needs.
- Sexual maladaptive behavior risk must be between moderate and low according to assessments and treatment records.
- Persistent and pervasive dysfunction in two or more of the following areas:
- Family relationships
- Peer relations
- Scholastic and academic performance
- Occupational or vocational functioning
- Social functioning
- Substance use and abuse
- Legal offenses
- Those who meet the above mentioned criteria with visual or hearing impairments and could benefit from the SAY program will be referred to external community sources that are equipped to deal with the needs of the youth.
- Referrals involving documented instances of sadistic or ritualistic sexual abuse or use of a weapon during a sexual offense will not be considered.
- Referrals carrying any of the pervasive developmental disorders will be considered individually