Ridgeview Group Home

At Piney Ridge, our goal is to provide compassionate, results-based care for children and adolescents who are struggling with problematic sexual behaviors alongside mental illness. To that end, we have developed specialized programming to meet the needs of each individual in our care.

About Ridgeview Group Home

Learn more about Ridgeview Group Home for teen males at Piney Ridge Treatment Center in Arkansas

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 17 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.

Therapeutic Interventions Offered

Therapeutic interventions offered at Ridgeview Group Home

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

Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for Ridgeview Group Home for males at Piney Ridge

Criteria for admission to Piney Ridge Center:

We treat boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who have both a mental health diagnosis and problematic sexual behaviors. The following criteria allow us to determine which children and teens will most benefit from our services:

  1. To be admitted into our program, one of the following must be met:
    • Child has committed a sexual offense that has been found true by an official investigation by the Department of Human Services or the Arkansas State Police
    • Child has committed an offense involving the usage of power, threat, coercion, control, or intimidation
    • Child has committed an offense in which there was at least a three (3) year age difference between the offender and his or her victim
    • Child has a documented pattern for deviant sexualized behavior, sexual misconduct, or sexually maladaptive behaviors as indicated by the psychosexual assessment
  2. DSM-IV diagnosis indicating a moderate to severe mental health disorder including the duration and persistence as specified in each DSM-IV diagnosis.
  3. Documentation of failure to respond to an adequate trail of appropriate, less-intensive intervention (e.g. outpatient, day treatment) or previous acute care facility within a two (2) year period or persistent need for 24-hour supervision in a therapeutic environment.
  4. Intellectual capacity to effectively participate, and benefit from, the treatment program. Child may have intellectual function below 70 if thought that resident may benefit from the program and meets self-care needs.
  5. Sexually maladaptive behavior risk level of moderate to high based upon results of the psychosocial assessment.
  6. Persistent, pervasive dysfunction in two or more of the following areas:
    • Family relations
    • Peer relationships
    • School performance
    • Occupational or vocational functioning
    • Social functioning
    • Substance abuse
    • Legal offenses
  7. Children and teens who meet the above criteria with visual/hearing impairments and could benefit from the SAY program will be referred to external sources to assist with the needs of the youth.
  8. Referrals involving documented instances of sadistic or ritualistic sexual abuse, use of a weapon during the commission of a sexual act will be considered on an individual basis.
  9. Referrals carrying any of the pervasive developmental disorders shall be considered on an individual basis.