Specialized Care Group Homes

Luke 2Methodist Home for Children offers residential treatment for dually diagnosed children and teens. Typically, these young people need out-of-home care but don’t meet criteria for inpatient psychiatric services.

Candidates

• Youth (ages 8–18)
• Diagnosed with mental illness/severe emotional disorders and underlying developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities or traumatic brain injuries
• Needing a highly structured program setting with round-the-clock awake staff
• Living in Central or Eastern North Carolina

Services

• Level III group homes serve youth for 6 to 9 months with individual and group psychotherapy, psycho-educational groups, recreational therapy and parent counseling
• Youth receive day treatment services that address mental health, developmental disabilities and academic issues
• Youths’ return home is carefully choreographed with local support services in place

Goals

• To help youth learn to live as productively and independently as possible
• To help youth manage behavioral issues so that they can return to a public school setting

Methodist Home for Children uses a nonpunitive Value-Based Therapeutic Environment (VBTE) model of care in its residential programs to teach pro-social behaviors as alternatives to antisocial behaviors. To ensure a consistent approach in the treatment of youth, the VBTE model provides a common set of values, skills, therapeutic activities and intervention tools.