Community Programming|Diagnostic Program| Fire-Setter | Residential| Sexual Issues |Secure | Specialized
“Thinking for a Change” KidsPeace Mesabi Academy is offering a community-based, “Thinking for a Change” Program, to serve youth who are at risk for Out-of-Home-Placement. KidsPeace Mesabi Academy will arrange with the referral source to hold weekly “Thinking for a Change” groups at an agreed-upon public location.
“Thinking for a Change” (T4C) uses a combination of approaches to increase youth awareness of self and others. This deepened attentiveness to attitudes, beliefs and thinking patterns is combined with explicit teaching of interpersonal skills relevant to the youth’s present and future needs. The goal is to provide contextual instruction and related experiences so that youth are confident and motivated to use pro-social skills when faced with interpersonal problems and/or antisocial situations. The philosophy of the program endorses that youth should be empowered to be responsible for changing their own problem behavior. T4C gives youth the tools to take pro-social action and change their offending ways.
An assigned Youth Care Worker will work closely with the referring agent and report any progress. At the end of the 22-lesson course, the group facilitator will provide the referring agent a written summary of the client’s progress, which will include attendance, participation, general attitude, scores on the quizzes and final examination, as well his/her general impression.
Chemical Dependency Residential Program
Chemical Dependency Residential Program
The chemical dependency residential program offers evaluation, treatment and residential services todelinquent and non-delinquent males ages 15-19 who have engaged in problematic behaviors in the community and who have significant chemical dependency or abuse issues. This program will strive to address both the issues of chemical dependency and the criminal thinking that underlies clients' behavior in the community.
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KidsPeace Mesabi Academy is licensed to provide detention services; however, this service is exclusively for cases in which a current Mesabie non-delinquent youth receives a new charge while in placement.
KidsPeace Mesabi Academy provides referral sources with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Youth who are court-ordered to complete the evaluation can reside on any of the units and follow the routine and schedule of the other residents. The diagnostic process is usually a 45-day assessment period. The objective of the diagnostic evaluation is to provide a comprehensive view of the youth and the particular problem areas which the youth and their treatment program team are facing. Based on the evaluations and youth observations, recommendations for placement and needed services are made.
Included in the Diagnostic assessment are a psychological evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, social history, medical report, milieu report (describes behaviors exhibited on the unit), educational report, therapeutic report (describes the youth’s participation in group and individual sessions, as well as family contact), chemical dependency assessment, summary and recommendations. These reports are integrated and are used to determine services needed, as well as the appropriate level of intervention.
Psychosexual, FAE/FAS assessment, and specialized neurological evaluations are implemented per the request of the referring agency.
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The Residential Program is a staff-secure program that is designed to prepare the youth for successful reintegration into the community utilizing community service and on-campus work experiences to satisfy the youth’s obligation to the community. Youth work together to take responsibility for and manage their own behavior, advance their competencies, make restitution to their victims and the community and plan for their return to their home or to the community. Youth are referred to the program from secure
programs, juvenile courts and other service organizations. The youth will be exposed to the ramifications of delinquent behaviors and acceptance of responsibility.
The focus of the Residential Program is the “Thinking for a Change” curriculum. Youth will complete the 22-lesson curriculum in an environment where they can recognize when there is “risk” in their thoughts and feelings and use new thinking to reduce their “risk.” They will take a quiz after each lesson, as well as a final exam, with the expectation of passing with at least 70%. They will not only learn the skills but also practice these skills during “role plays” and throughout their daily living. Youth are referred to the program from secure programs, juvenile courts and other service organizations.
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Treatment Program offers evaluation, diagnosis and residential services to delinquent and non-delinquent males ages 10-18 and EJJ to age 21. The Evaluation Services are provided on an outpatient basis by staff from the Center for Arson Research to determine typology and subsequent treatment needs. The Diagnostic Services are provided while the youth are housed at Mesabi Academy and include specific risk/need evaluations, a social history, milieu report, therapeutic report, education assessment, and psychological, psychiatric and chemical dependency evaluations and lasts approximately 45 days. Residential Services provide highly specialized, staff intensive programming that address fire-setting behaviors/offenses and aim to reduce the risk of repeated behaviors and last an average 9-12 months.
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Sexual Issues Residential
The Sexual Issues Residential Treatment Program is a residential program for adolescent boys who have demonstrated sexual offending and/or other unhealthy sexual acting-out behaviors. The treatment program utilizes a variety of treatment techniques with the primary method being cognitive behavioral therapy in a group environment with a relapse prevention focus. The clients are expected to complete written assignments that are presented to their treatment group and facilitators and revised until the group accepts the assignment.
The program offers highly specialized, staff-intensive sex offender programming. Specialized approaches and skill development, grounded in curriculum-guided therapeutic practices, address sexual offenses and aim to reduce the risk of re-offending. Assessments are performed upon admission and throughout treatment.
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The Secure Program is a physically secure program that provides services to serious, chronic and/or violent youth offenders. The focus of the Secure Program is to
provide the youth with the structure needed to develop pro-social
behavior through accountability and skill development while developing
competencies required to transition to a less restrictive setting. Youth
are referred to the program from secure programs, juvenile courts and
other service organizations.The Secure Program is designed to prepare the youth for successful reintegration into the community by utilizing community service and on-campus work experiences to satisfy the youth’s obligation to the community. Youth work together to take responsibility for and manage their own behavior, advance their competencies, make restitution to their victims and the community and plan for their return to their home or to the community. The youth will be exposed to the ramifications of delinquent behaviors and acceptance of responsibility. Psychological and psychiatric services will be provided as directed by the Clinical Team.
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High Impact Short-Term Secure Program
The High Impact program is a nine- to 15-day program designed for the adjudicated client who needs a wake-up call to interrupt their cycle of delinquency; whether it is the chronic offender who violates the conditions of their probation, or the client on the verge of slipping into serious delinquency. The program is designed to assist the offender in taking responsibility for his actions, making apologies to those affected by and developing a safety plan to avoid those behaviors in the future.
The Specialized Residential Program offers programming for delinquent and non-delinquent males ages 12-17. Youth referred to this program have an IQ of 50-65, exhibit aggression towards others, exhibit a need for a highly structured setting and require assistance with daily living skills. This program focuses on adaptive behavior, daily living skills, basic social skills, survival skills and knowledge, which are taught through visual cues and in vivo learning. The primary curriculum model utilized is Skill Streaming. This program utilizes evidence-based treatment practices in a staff secure setting. The average length of stay for this program is 9-12 months. During their stay at Mesabi Academy, they learn to replace maladaptive ways of relating to their world (e.g., aggression) with adaptive skills such as self-imposed timeouts. These youth gain survival and living skills that will assist them in gaining as much independence as possible, such as independently completing hygiene and laundry tasks or purchasing items at a store. Basic social skills such as routine greetings, table manners and social norms (e.g., not staring) are taught and practiced.
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