EMERGENCY RUNAWAY & HOMELESS YOUTH SHELTER

Sometimes, a child does not have a safe place to call home, and doesn’t have anywhere else to turn. Children’s Hope Alliance offers a unique teen shelter in Western North Carolina, where a teen can get the help they need.

Program Highlights:

  • this facility is located in Bryson City, NC
  • provides a structured and safe environment for runaway or homeless adolescents
  • up to a 90-day stay
  • co-ed capacity of nine adolescents
  • serves ages 12-17
  • utilizes the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and the Teaching Family Models; evidence based and evidence informed practices
  • individualized care and treatment plans that include individual and group therapy, substance abuse psychoeducation, goal setting and attainment, academic opportunities and discharge planning

PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (PRTF)
DIVERSION & ASSESSMENT UNIT

Before a child or teen can be treated, their needs should first be properly assessed. Children’s Hope Alliance has created a PRTF Diversion and Assessment program, this specialized facility is offered in one location.

Program Highlights:

  • this facility is located in Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides an intensely structured, safe and secure (staff secure/locked) therapeutic environment with constant line of sight supervision
  • serves ages 10-18 and has a co-ed capacity of 8 children and teens
  • Medicaid eligible, typically multi-system involved youth, requiring diversion from a hospital ER, may have an abrupt placement disruption for severe behaviors/symptoms, and are showing substantial case complexity
  • provides comprehensive assessment (medical, psychiatric, psychological, educational, and specialized – sexual harm and trauma) using standardized tools to determine treatment needs and placement recommendations
  • program includes crisis stabilization, medication evaluation and management, 24-hour nursing services, daily therapy/licensed practitioner and qualified professional interventions and interactions, after care/discharge planning, referral and placement services.

PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY (PRTF)

Other than hospitalization, a PRTF is the highest level of care a troubled child can receive. Youth at this level need around the clock care from our staff and are generally at risk of hurting themselves or others. Children’s Hope Alliance offers PRTFs in two locations.

Program Highlights:

  • these facilities are located in Banner Elk, NC and Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides an intensely structured therapeutic environment with constant line of sight supervision
  • co-ed capacity of 18 with 6-8 children and teens in each group home
  • Medicaid eligible, serves ages 13-18
  • homes specialize in treatment for sexual harm; advanced behavioral and psychiatric complexity; intense frequency and duration of problem behaviors; acute skill deficits in multiple life domains; frequent crisis stabilization and explosive behavior management; history of treatment resistance

LEVEL 1 GROUP HOME CARE
for children in the care of Department of Social Services

Our Level 1 group homes are our lowest level of residential care. Children placed in this level of care are usually in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Children’s Hope Alliance offers group homes in two locations.

Program Highlights:

  • these facilities are located in Wilkesboro, NC and Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides a structured, family style environment
  • co-ed capacity of 14 children with 6-8 children and teens in each group home
  • serves ages 13-18
  • utilizes the Teaching Family Model and the CARE Model (evidence based and evidence informed models)
  • individualized care and treatment plans that include individual, group and family therapy, goal setting and attainment, and academic opportunities/discharge planning

MENTAL HEALTH LEVEL 2
GROUP HOME CARE

Our Level 2 group homes are our second lowest level of residential care. Children placed in this level of care have a mental health diagnosis or have problems with substance abuse. Children’s Hope Alliance offers homes in two locations.

Program Highlights:

  • these facilities are located in Wilkesboro, NC and Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville)
  • provides a highly structured treatment environment and up to a 6-9 month stay for youth ages 10-18
  • co-ed capacity of 14 children with 6-8 children and teens in each group home
  • Medicaid eligible (Axis I diagnosis, requiring out of home treatment)
  • utilizes the CARE & ARC Models (evidence informed)
  • trauma focused, individualized care and treatment that includes therapy, medication management, treatment goal setting and attainment, crisis intervention, skill based interventions, and academic opportunities
  • highly trained shift staff including qualified professional level practitioners and consultation with a medical director, clinical director, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and licensed therapist

MENTAL HEALTH LEVEL 3
GROUP HOME CARE

Our Level 3 group homes are for children and teens who are in need of a higher level of care. Youth at this level need around the clock care from our staff. Children’s Hope Alliance offers group homes in one location.

Program Highlights:

  • these facilities are located in Banner Elk, NC
  • provides a highly structured treatment environment
  • 6-9 month average length of stay
  • co-ed capacity of 16 children with up to 8 children and teens in each group home
  • serves ages 13-18
  • Medicaid eligible
  • homes specialize in treatment for sexual harm; behavioral problems with more intense frequency and duration; acute skill deficits

STAND BY ME
Independent Living Program

“Aging out” is a term used to describe what happens to teens in residential or foster care who reach their 18th birthdays without having a permanent home. They do not have family support, and often times lack the skills to be successful young adults. Stand By Me, our independent living program, helps prepare these teens for a successful future. Children’s Hope Alliance offers support and living arrangements to these teens across the state.

Program Highlights:

  • apartments are located in Barium Springs, NC (near Statesville) with other living arrangements across the state
  • two-bedroom apartments are provided for young adults who have demonstrated an ability to live in a supervised independent living environment
  • an average stay of up to a 9-12 months
  • capacity of 10 teens with 2 tenants in each of our 5 apartments
  • serves ages 17-21, however 16-year-olds are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Social Services
  • life-skill building is also offered in other services across the state
  • provides independent living skills provided by trained staff, who are located on site 24 hours per day in a separate apartment that provide assistance with housing, educational and career challenges

For further information, call 1-800-395-2591.