March 15, 2011

5 Things To Know About Lund’s Residential Treatment Program

Posted in Residential tagged , , , , at 2:48 pm by Lund

1. How are women admitted to Lund Family Center’s Residential Treatment Program?

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Lund’s Residential Treatment Program serves women ages 12-28 throughout Vermont who are pregnant or parenting with diagnosed mental health or substance abuse issues. Diagnosis is carried out through a formatted assessment structure involving a face-to-face interview in addition to extensive background checks. Lund must receive state approval before admitting clients based on their respective diagnostic status. Of the women referred to Lund through Corrections, Lund accepts non-violent offenders who have not physically or sexually abused their children. Lund asks women admitted to the Residential Treatment Program to make a three month commitment. The average length of stay is four- six months, and the average age of women being served is 19-20 years old.

Lund operates an Assessment Bed Program, supported by a grant with the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF), to carry out a 30-day mental health and substance abuse evaluation of patients while they maintain a normal routine. At the end of the period, Lund staff makes a recommendation whether a woman is safe with her child or if she requires a higher level of care. There are two Assessment Beds Lund.

2. What happens to children of mother’s in Residential Care?

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Lund Family Center’s Residential Treatment Program is the only program in Vermont where women receive treatment and parenting education while living with their children. Treatment is parent and child focused–parent’s pursue education while their children are observed and evaluated. Each child is assessed from point of entry by a family educator who connects the child with outside services if needed. Children are assessed formally and informally in areas such as mood, age appropriate responses and weight gain.

As a source for Lund’s patient referrals, the Agency has a strong relationship with DCF. It is important to identify the difference between DCF and Lund: DCF legally decides whether or not a parent is able to provide adequate care for his/her child and Lund provides the treatment services and parent education to make this possible. The majority of clients who complete the Residential Treatment Program leave with their children. In the event that DCF is contacted due to a compromise in the safety or well-being of a child, Lund has an iron-clad policy that the mother will be invited to be part of the process. Lund does this in order to help mothers in danger of losing their children realize what they are up against, and the changes that they must make to be successful in providing a safe living environment for their children.

3. How is a typical support team structured in the Residential Treatment Program?

Each woman is supported by a three-member team consisting of a clinician, a parent educator, and a case manager. The clinician deals directly with the mental health and substance abuse treatment of the patient. A parent educator provides the patient with the knowledge necessary to properly care for her child, paying close attention to red flags indicating impeded child development or the need for external service referrals. The case manager works with each patient and manages the recovery timeline, parent-child relations, exit date, and communicates with DCF when necessary.

4. What types of classes do women take while receiving treatment?

Women receiving treatment participate in a highly structured class schedule from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, including a one hour lunch break and chores period. Classes are organized in three categories: psychological, psycho-educational, and educational. Classes span a variety of parent education and treatment topics including “Art Therapy,” “Seeking Safety,” “Neurobiology of Addiction,” “Money Management,” “Cooking,” and “Transition Readiness.”

5. What are some Residential Treatment goals for 2011?

One goal is to increase services available to fathers that desire to visit their partners and children at Lund’s Residential Treatment facility. Lund is currently looking for a part-time therapist to do couples therapy. Another goal that Lund has is to improve transportation between the Residential Treatment Program and the childcare facilities throughout Chittenden County where patients’ children spend their days.

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