Group Care

Ottawa Area Homes

BRYCE HOUSE

A six bed program for female adolescents located in Carp, Ontario, in a rural setting and often specializes in high risk runners, opened in 1998. School programs within the Ottawa District School Board are accessible to the youth placed at Bryce House, as is day treatment.

TERRACE HOUSE

A six bed parent model group care program located in Stittsville, this home is most often appropriate for youth presenting as less of an AWOL risk as it is accessible by bus. Often youth placed at Terrace House work towards more independence and focus on building life skills. Specialized school programs are available and day treatment is accessible for youth placed at Terrace House. Terrace House opened in 2002.

TAYLOR HOUSE

A six bed program located in Carleton Place, offering a transition program to female adolescents. Taylor House has a house parent, who supports the youth in developing life skills and moving towards independence. Youth placed in this program are on the Semi Independent Program, and have increased independence and specific responsibilities, including meeting with transition workers.

LEE HOUSE

This is TYRS’ first boys group care program, located in Almonte and licensed to serve boys aged 7-18 years. The program at Lee House is individualized and specializes in providing services for youth :and most specifically youth with mild intellectual disabilities and Neuro-Developmental disorders. A sensory room equipped with pressure vests, weighted blankets and textured toys/ objects are utilized in assisting the youth to learn to self-regulate when they are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Staff have specialized training to help support the youth with self-regulation, recognizing emotions and work through them before crisis behaviour ensues. The program works with natural and immediate consequences that the youth can more easily connect to their behaviour whether positive or negative. The overall goal of the program is to help the youth improve their skills in all areas of daily living, including communication, socialization, self-help and adaptive functioning. Youth learn about nutrition according to the Canadian Food Guide and are each involved in creating a menu for dinner once per month including shopping and assisting to prepare that meal. This, coupled with ongoing therapy and counselling, support the youth in their placement. Day programming, available through Terrace Youth Wellness Centre, can be accessed by youth placed at Lee house.

*All four programs are supported by TYRS’ clinician, The staff teams employed in all programs are trained in trauma theory, Collaborative Problem Solving, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Suicide Intervention, Addictions Management, behaviour modification programs, cognitive behaviour therapy tools and general implementation of life skills and social skills programming. Staff provide intensive support and supervision in all programs, and implement treatment as dictated by the psychiatrist and clinician. All referrals will be consider within each program that is described in our target population and will be based on dynamic of youth placed, staffing alignment and individual needs.

Central Ontario Area Homes

MAPLE ROAD

This program is located in Odessa, Ontario, approximately ten minutes west of Kingston and opened in 2008. Maple serves six high risk adolescent females in a rural location. A drug counsellor is available to travel to the residence to meet with clients and the staff team is well versed in crisis intervention tools, behaviour modification programs, and trauma theory. Maple works in partnership with local school programs to ensure appropriate placement for all of the youth in their care, and are able to offer flexible programs to meet individual needs. Although the program is rural, youth are involved in a variety of individual activities, both cultural and recreational. TYRS’ consulting psychiatrist and clinician are available to support the programs and ensure effective treatment implementation in all programs. Skills necessary to address everyday issues are built into training for the staff, and staff are expected to implement programming and treatment plans for each of their clients.

PINE RIDGE RESIDENCE

This residence is a six bed program. Pine Ridge staff are hired and trained by TYRS, and the physical upkeep of the home as well as its furnishings, are all provided by TYRS. The home offers a highly structured environment in a rural setting, with the supports of the TYRS clinician, TYRS’ psychiatrist and mental health resources from community collaterals. The close proximity to the Tyendinaga reserve allows for Native youth to maintain a connection to their culture. TYRS is in the process of applying for a new licence for this program, under TYRS’ name. This is anticipated to occur in September of 2014.

*These programs are supported by TYRS’ clinician, offer the availability of the consulting psychiatrist and addictions and life skills group are available in the community. The staff teams employed in all programs are trained in trauma theory, Collaborative Problem Solving, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Suicide Intervention, Addictions Management, behaviour modification programs, cognitive behaviour therapy tools and general implementation of life skills and social skills programming. The staff team provides intensive support and supervision in all programs, and implement treatment as dictated by the psychiatrist and clinician.

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