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Dear Parent or Guardian
We realize that this is a stressful time for you, your teenager, and your whole family. We hope this experience will be helpful and therapeutic to all of you. Rest assured, your child is entering the best group home program in the state, and one of the best in the country. Through our unique combination of individual, group, and life-skills counseling, we have been able to help countless troubled adolescents achieve their personal treatment goals and be reunited with their families.
Below you will find helpful information about our team, methods for visiting and maintaining contact with your child, and descriptions of some of the specific services we provide through the MFP program. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact <link to “MFP Locations Page”>your child's group home</link> or e-mail the MFP clinical director, Dr. David Hackney: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Service Plan
As a parent or guardian, you are an integral part of the ISP process. You will work with the group home staff and case workers to create this treatment profile when your child is first admitted to the program. After this initial meeting, you will be kept up to date on your adolescent’s progress towards goals outlined in the ISP, and you will consulted regarding any changes that might need to be made.
Mansion at Focus Point Treatment Team
Psychiatrist – The psychiatrist leads the treatment team and gives direct care to your teenager. If needed, the psychiatrist will prescribe and monitor medications for psychiatric problems.
Social Worker – The social workers provides social assessments, individual, group, and family therapy, and community linkage. They also leads therapeutic Multi-Family Group meetings each week and acts as liaison between the family support group and its staff.
Nursing Staff – The nursing staff is composed of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, mental health associates, and direct care workers. Nursing staff members participate in group meetings, hold one-on-one sessions with the adolescents, and provide support and encouragement as the adolescents address personal issues and problems. If your adolescent becomes ill or needs medical attention, the nurses will contact a physician for medical services. Each adolescent will be assigned a Primary Counselor who will work closely with the Primary Clinician to provide the adolescent with support and guidance in his or her daily activities and in coping with the challenges of residential living.
Psychologist – The psychologists conduct psychological testing, evaluate the results, and lead group and individual therapy sessions. They also serve as psychological consultants to the treatment team.
Occupational Therapist (optional) – The occupational therapist leads activities at the group homes, focusing on social skills, training, and group building (hobby groups).
Primary Clinician/Treatment Coordinator – Your teenager will be assigned a Primary Clinician, also called the Treatment Coordinator (TC). The TC will follow your teenager throughout his or her stay at the group home and will implement the treatment plan designed for your adolescent. More generally, the TC provides individual, group, and family therapy, forges links with the community, and takes care of discharge planning.
Activity Therapist – The activity therapist organizes recreational activities for your teenager. Activities include team sports that will teach your teenager cooperation and teamwork and physical fitness and challenging activities that will promote positive self-esteem.
Substance Abuse Counselor – The counselor provides therapeutic support to adolescents dealing with drug and alcohol abuse issues.
Maintaining Contact with Your Child
Home Visit Reports
MFP is designed to help our residents develop a respectful and supportive relationship with peers and adults. We try to maintain a quiet and calm atmosphere and ask that you participate as a supportive parent or family member. If issues arise during a visit that frustrate you or make you angry, please remain calm and seek assistance from the staff. If you have questions about visitation policies, please contact your child’s TC.
When calling in, be sure to say who you are and ask for your teenager by name. If you have concerns about telephone calls, contact your child’s primary clinician.