As part of our comprehensive continuum of care, we offer group homes that provide long-term support for adolescents and young adults who are struggling with behavioral health concerns, such as sexually maladaptive behavior, the effects of trauma or sexual abuse, impulsive behavior, anxiety, reactive attachment disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Our group homes are stand–alone programs that offer youths a safe therapeutic space to live and heal.
Group Home Program Overview
Each of our four group homes has a maximum capacity of 10 residents and provides a nurturing environment where adolescents and young adults can receive round-the-clock supervision, personalized ongoing psychiatric treatment, and educational support. Our goal is to provide those in need with a secure space where they can prepare for a seamless transition back to their homes, schools, and communities.
Our group homes include:
- Wind Rose Home for adolescent girls and young adult women
- Polaris Group Home for adolescent boys and young adult men
- Carina Group Home for adolescent boys
- Cardinal Point Group Home for LGBTQ+ adolescents
In our group home programs, we offer high-quality independent living skills training for youths who have developmental disabilities and emotional or behavioral concerns in the least restrictive environment possible. We strive to help those in our care develop autonomy and learn responsibility so that they can become productive members of their communities.
In a homelike setting, we offer structured and compassionate care that is designed to help residents improve their self-esteem. We celebrate holidays and birthdays when possible and encourage family visits.
Benefits of our group home programming include:
- A structured and stable living environment: Group homes provide a safe space, which can help adolescents and young adults establish routines and develop important life skills. This can be especially valuable for those who may not have a stable, positive home environment where they can heal and flourish.
- Peer support: Group home residents have the opportunity to interact and form meaningful relationships with peers who are facing similar challenges. We believe that this type of camaraderie among residents can help reduce feelings of isolation, improve social connectedness, and enhance residents’ communication skills.
- 24/7 professional supervision: Our experienced and caring staff members are available to offer continual monitoring, emotional support, and therapeutic intervention as needed. They work collaboratively to ensure a warm and welcoming environment for every resident.
- Therapeutic services: In our care, adolescents and young adults can receive a variety of therapies and services, which can help them address mental health concerns and learn effective coping strategies. Our empathetic staff offers emotional support that can empower residents to work toward improved wellness.
- Skills development: We help our residents learn practical skills that promote independence and self-sufficiency. In our group home programs, young people can develop healthy habits and improve interpersonal relationship skills, which can help them achieve long-term success.
- Transition planning: In each group home, our focus is to help residents return to their lives with an improved sense of confidence and well-being. Whether that means transitioning to an independent living situation or reunification with their family, we want each resident to leave our program with a more positive mindset so that they can live the productive, fulfilling life they deserve.
Our team incorporates outings and utilizes incentives to help residents learn to be productive members of society. Our primary goal with our group home program is to provide youths with the structure, supervision, and independent living instruction they need to achieve a smooth transition back to their daily lives.
The Wind Rose Home for Girls & Young Adult Women
The Wind Rose Home, which is located on our main campus, provides adolescent girls and young adult women with programming that is designed to help them complete their education, obtain employment, and improve problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Features of the Wind Rose Home include:
- An open unit/home setting
- Treatment for adolescent girls and young adult women ages 14-20 who have an IQ of 70 or higher
- Access to off-site education services and support, including individualized education plan (IEP) and individualized transition plan (ITP) development through the Indianapolis Public School System and the opportunity to enroll in trade school or college
- Family transportation assistance as needed
- Vocational/job skills training
- Independent living skills training
- Family-centered visitation
- An average length of stay of nine to 12 months
To provide support for Wind Rose Home residents, we utilize a variety of evidence-based therapies, such as:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of talk therapy that can help our residents improve coping skills by focusing on how their feelings and actions are impacted by their thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a technique that can help residents process and heal from trauma or other distressing life events.
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT can help our residents who are struggling with the effects of trauma learn how to manage difficult emotions in a productive manner.
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): DBT, which is a modified form of CBT, can help residents develop productive ways to cope with stress, better manage their emotions, and improve interpersonal relationships. It has been shown to be especially beneficial for those who struggle with emotion regulation or self-destructive behaviors.
- Motivational interviewing: Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that can empower residents to make positive behavior changes by resolving ambivalent feelings and insecurities.
- Client-centered therapy: A nondirective form of talk therapy, client-centered therapy promotes a judgment-free environment where residents can develop self-awareness and make positive, self-directed behavior changes.
Polaris & Carina Group Homes for Boys & Young Adult Men
Resource Treatment Center offers two off-campus group homes, Polaris and Carina, that provide step-down services for adolescent boys and young adult men who have successfully completed programming for sexually harmful youth. In each setting, we help residents prepare to integrate into a caregiver, family, or independent living environment.
Features of the Polaris Group Home include:
- Single rooms
- Treatment for adolescent boys and young adult men ages 17-20
- School enrollment through Wayne Township Schools/Ben Davis High School
- Individual and family therapies
- Staff that includes credentialed sexual abuse youth clinicians (CSAYCs)
Features of the Carina Group Home include:
- Single rooms
- Treatment for adolescent boys ages 11-16
- Staff that includes an independent living coordinator who helps residents transition to a productive, safe environment in the community
Cardinal Point Group Home
Cardinal Point is an on-campus group home that serves members of the LGBTQ+ community. In this program, treatment is individualized and designed to build on the existing strengths of each resident.
Features of the Cardinal Point Group Home include:
- Treatment for adolescents and young adults ages 14-20
- Individual, family, and group therapies
- Gym access
- Volunteer opportunities
- Community outings
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- A teen outreach program
- Prosocial activities that are held both on-site at our facility and off-campus in the community
- Computer lab
- A student council
We incorporate an array of evidence-based therapies in the Cardinal Point program, including:
- Motivational interviewing
- Client-centered therapy
At Resource Treatment Center, we begin preparing for every resident’s discharge at the time of program admission. Our staff works closely with each individual and members of their support system as needed to develop an aftercare plan that is comprehensive. Taking a collaborative approach helps us ensure that every person’s perspective and concerns are considered during the planning process.
Before beginning care, each resident completes an initial assessment of their unique needs and goals for the program, and we continually monitor their progress along the way. Once a resident has shown that they are prepared to transition out of the group home setting, we begin the discharge process.
Signs that can help us determine when an individual is ready to transition out of our care include:
- They have acquired the necessary skills to return home or transition to an independent living setting.
- They are stable and exhibit marked improvement in managing emotions and behaviors.
- They have communicated their commitment to implementing daily living skills beyond our program.
We want to help youths in our care navigate life after treatment confidently and successfully. For this reason, we encourage each resident to play an active role in their discharge planning process so that we can provide them with the follow-up services and resources they need to continue building on their progress.
If you are interested in learning more about our group homes or any other program we offer, please reach out to our team today.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Resource Treatment Center.