The School-Based Youth Services Programs offer social and health development for students and families in the Lakewood and Brick school districts. The programs are offered in a school setting and provide a wide range of behavioral health and social services such as individual, group, and family counseling, substance use services, college exposure, job skills training, and recreation.
Project Independence helps adolescents from 16 to 21 years old by teaching skills to help them live as responsible adults. A complete review is done to understand their life skills, their ability to live independently, and other needs. Then, the program focuses on developing better skills through training, education, and counseling. The program is at least 6 months long, but can continue as long as the patient continues to be committed to achieving healthy independent living.
This program is for families that are required to have supervised visits with their children. We want to make sure that all families can maintain regular, quality contact with their children. We also want to make sure that children and their families, guardians or other significant others in their life have a strong plan for reuniting – and enjoy a sense of family identity. The program also includes options for other permanent plans for children if required.
We offer a wide range of services in our overall Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (CMRSS). These services are available and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When a child or teen is in crisis, we aim to send social workers or other support personnel immediately to help. This service is an in-home intervention and aims to stabilize and diffuse a crisis for families that request it. This service is not a replacement for police intervention to prevent further violence or a replacement for psychiatric hospitalization. We recommend in case of severe emergencies, call 911.
The RIPTIDE Program is for advanced or more-dangerous drug, alcohol, or other substance use issues for adolescents and teens. This program is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and gives patients a lot of time with social workers, reviewers, and healthcare professionals. Because this program usually involves young patients who cannot remain in school during their intensive treatment, schooling and other education services are provided to the student patient.
The SAIL Program helps adolescents 13-18 years old who may need out-of-home services or placement because of their behavioral or emotional issues. The program offers a wide range of services that help young patients with daily life skills, regular review of their behavioral and emotional situation, watching their medication, crisis intervention, recreation, counseling and social skills. The program also offers meals and transportation.
This training program and series of services focuses on providing participants with strong skills to identify, understand, and communicate concerns and issues involved with interpersonal connections and conversation. The goal is to have participants of similar age and social groups engage with each other in health ways and involve themselves in resolving problems and others’ concerns. Mediation is a powerful skill, and when one can use that skill with social peers, it can result in effective, long-term change and balance for one’s life.
Peer leadership training is about engaging and empowering participants to find, seek, and develop solutions to problems that they see in and among their social groups, including issues that they individually experience. Leadership, true leadership, comes in many forms, and allowing participants to understand and see these forms of peer leadership with their colleagues, social circle, and others can lead to better balanced lives and more empowered futures.
Addresses bullying for students in grades 9 to 12. Real-life scenarios are used to get youth talking and students learn how to own their power in decision-making. Students take a close look at why they don’t show their true selves, how we are conditioned into thinking that we must “act” a certain way, how to truly communicate with others and how their actions affect others.
Includes: Four one-hour interactive classroom/group lessons (up to 25 students), teacher consultation and evaluation, informational packet, pre/post survey, evaluation summary, certificates of completion (Note: Additional in-house school support may be requested).
Addresses the problem of bullying in grades 6 to 8. Children are challenged to reflect on the reasons why people bully and what can be done to stop it. Discussions promote strategies to understand bullying behaviors and empower children with the skills needed to put an end to taunting and intimidation.
Includes: Four one-hour interactive classroom/group lessons, teacher consultation and evaluation, informational packet, pre/post survey, evaluation summary, certificates of completion.
Learning objectives: Analyze the reasons why young people bully; identify different types of bullying behavior; learn new skills to deal with bullying and prevent bullying behaviors.