Restorative Youth Services

RYS is committed to providing a therapeutic and highly structured level of care within a family-like group home environment.

RYS delivers a behavior modification program that focuses on learning respect for authority figures, total accountability for chosen behaviors, learning how to problem-solve effectively and making choices based on desired outcomes. The youth learn about and practice ‘restorative justice,’ making amends for their faulty thinking patterns and learning to be productive members of the community. Correcting their mistakes and standing accountable raises self-esteem and helps the youth develop a sense of worth, rather than being criticized, condemned and shunned by the community, further lowering pride/self-esteem and encouraging a continuation of faulty thinking.

Adolescents between the ages of 9 and 18 who have a DSM-V diagnosis will be considered for acceptance into the Restorative Youth Services Program. All residents must be capable of functioning, at least marginally, in a community setting. Restorative Youth Services will not be able to accept youth who cannot fit into our program (examples include: sex offenders, active drug use, homicidal or suicidal). The residents will earn trust and privileges by complying with written rules and expectations, and according to age. A therapeutic environment is provided at all times and qualified counselors (minimum: Bachelors degree in related field) are on staff daily during the hours that residents are on premises. Each resident will meet with a Psychiatrist for medication management, a therapist for individual and group therapy, and have a case manager who will monitor the daily progress of the Individual Treatment Plan, deal with progress (or lack of progress), and address disciplinary issues. The case manager will provide monthly updates and quarterly reviews to the placing agency and/or legal guardians.

Why us?

*Each resident is assessed by a licensed clinician and is given the opportunity to work with a team of professionals to identify areas of concentration, and to develop treatment plans and objectives.

*Each resident is assigned a case manager who will assist with the development of the individualized treatment plan, with collaboration from social workers, probation officers, legal guardians and other therapeutic staff. Specific goals with objectives and time lines are identified. 

*Youth are held accountable for their behaviors and taught respect for authority figures.

*RYS staff utilize natural consequences with cognitive/reality therapy as a means of modifying behavior, in conjunction with medication management.