Resource Treatment Center runs Cardinal Point, a 10-bed community based group home for males between the ages of 13 and 21 who have developmental and behavioral challenges, yet can function in an unrestricted home setting. Cardinal Point is part of the Resource Treatment Facility’s continuum of care and is provided in a standalone home setting. Youth on this unit must have an IQ score of 70 and above and be able to learn and implement daily living skills while in our care.
The core philosophy of Cardinal Point is to offer high quality independent living skills training for youth who are experiencing moderate developmental disabilities and emotional and/or behavioral concerns in the least restrictive environment as possible. The ultimate goal is to help youth acquire autonomy so that they can be productive members in their respective communities.
Treatment planning within this program is individualized and builds on the already-existing strengths of the youth in our care so that the learning of new skills is proactive in achieving successful reintegration back into in the community. The comprehensive care that is afforded to youth that fosters this success includes the following modalities of treatment:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
Furthermore, youth are able to partake in the listed experiential therapies and activities, which allow for opportunities to practice new skills and gauge a youth’s readiness to assimilate back into society:
- Volunteer opportunities
- Community outings
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities, on-site at Resource and in the community
- Computer lab
- Student council
The Cardinal Point Program can be utilized as a step-down program for youth who have completed another treatment program at Resource or who have completed a more intensive level of care at another provider of mental health and behavioral services.
Once a resident has acquired the necessary skills to return home, attained a level of stability by showing marked improvement in managing emotions and behaviors, and articulated intentions to manage and maintain daily living skills, the discharge planning initiated at the time of admission is put into action. Each resident is an active participant in his discharge planning and is provided necessary referrals and linkages to entities that offer continued support so as to ensure a productive, healthy, happy future.