WHAT IS THE SPECIALIZED GROUP CARE PROGRAM?
THE ARC INTENSIVE SPECIALIZED GROUP CARE PROGRAM PROVIDES GROUP CARE, SUPERVISION AND TREATMENT SERVICES FOR BEHAVIORALLY CHALLENGING YOUTH-IN-CARE, WITH COMPLEX AND/OR SPECIAL NEEDS. THE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF THREE TWO-BED FACILITIES, IN THE COMMUNITIES OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE YOUTH INCREASE THEIR:
* EMOTIONAL STABILITY
* INTERPERSONAL AND LIFE SKILLS
* NATURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
* FUNCTIONING IN THE COMMUNITY
* HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
* TO REDUCE BEHAVIORAL DIFFICULTIES AND IMPROVE THE YOUTH’S FUNCTIONING IN THE CONTEXTS OF SELF, FAMILY AND THEIR COMMUNITY
* TO PREPARE AND SUPPORT YOUTH IN THE TRANSITION FROM THE RESIDENTIAL FACILITY TO A FAMILY-BASED CARE ENVIRONMENT, INDEPENDENCE OR OTHER PLACEMENT PLAN
* THE PROGRAM MAY PROVIDE LIMITED AFTERCARE TRANSITION SUPPORT SERVICES, TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN THEIR ADAPTATION TO A FAMILY CARE ENVIRONMENT OR OTHER PLANNED PLACEMENT
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
All youth served are in the care of the Ministry for Children and Family Development, either through a temporary or continuing care order, or an (special needs) agreement between MCFD and the family. Youth-in-care are referred by MCFD social workers to the MCFD resources unit for a staffed residential program in the community. When a vacancy is projected or occurs within a facility of the ARC Residential Program, the Resources liaison, ARC Program Director and the youth’s referring Social Worker will screen the youth for the specific program setting/facility.
HOW LONG DOES THE YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM WORK WITH YOUTH?
Duration and frequency of service depends on the individual needs and goals of each youth.
Daniel Tellier, Program Director
250 801 2895