Cedarbrae Teaching Home is a six bed group home for youth ages 14 to 17 years with developmental delays, social and emotional deficits. The goal is to help youth acquire independent living skills and social skills for transitioning into adult life.
The home provides treatment to developmentally delayed adolescents, both male and female, with borderline cognitive functioning and mental health issues and/or emotional or behavioural problems, with Child Welfare status. The youth demonstrate a wide range of presenting problems from limited adaptive living skills to social competency deficits. Examples of behaviours include non-compliance, verbal and perhaps minor physical aggression, property destruction, poor problem-solving and self-care/self-sufficiency skills, poor impulse control and emotion regulation, and inability to keep themselves safe in the community.
Hallmarks of the program include a high degree of structure and support, positive therapeutic relationships with adults, individual treatment planning, and emphasis on success in school and work, home living skills like cooking, budgeting, cleaning, recreational activities, and efforts to generalize adaptive social skills to the community.
The main objective of the Cedarbrae Teaching Home is to help special needs youth acquire the necessary social competency and independent living skills in order to live in less structured and more independent settings in the community. This is done through:
- Improving emotional regulation
- Improving self-help abilities
- Improving academic/vocational competency
- Improving use of community resources
- Facilitating transitions
Individualized goals are created for each youth. All youth can access a wide range of services available through the Agency, recreational opportunities, Volunteer Services, etc.
The Cedarbrae Teaching Home is comprised of staffing to support a 1:3 ratio during peak activity periods, an awake overnight staff, a full-time program coordinator and a part-time program director.
The primary referral source for persons served is the Cottage One program. As the population is similar in referral issues and the programs operate in an integrated manner, complex needs youth who have stabilized and exhibited growth in the Cottage One Program are well suited to transition to the community setting treatment Home. Typically, the referral process involves: identification of the youth in a Cottage One case team meeting, consultation with the case worker, parents/guardian, consultation with the Hull intake coordinator, and final approval by the regional Placement Services Office.
Preferred criteria for suitability include pervasive developmental delays, difficulties with adaptive functioning, social skill deficit, stable mental health issues, cooperation with day programming, and a low risk of violence towards caregivers.
As the youth progress, the goals of increasing independence and reducing structure and support are typically met within an 18-24 month period. Discharge readiness is based on quantitative and qualitative data generated from treatment goal attainment ratings and treatment team observations along with the use of standardized measures.
Placement and permanence options for the youth are discussed and explored from the Service planning stage so as to have a clear direction with treatment and outcomes. Placement options typically include a return to the home (with appropriate in-home or wraparound), transition to a less structured group home, or a move to a supported independant living placement (if age appropriate). Every effort is made to ensure that placement planning is inclusive of all members of the treatment team and future supports, including AISH and PDD are accessed prior to discharge in cases where it is applicable. High Fidelity Wraparound Services and family in-home supports are involved to further provide support and assistance to the youth and family.