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Description of Service
The Be Proud Foundation's day treatment program serves Delaware County youth that are low to moderate risk. Licensed by the PA Department of Human Services, our program allows us to serve up to 16 children, male and female, ages 13 to 17. A referral for an 18-year-old can be submitted if they are a senior, expected to graduate and are a good fit with the existing group. Referrals to this program are made exclusively by Juvenile Court Probation Officers or Children and Youth Services Caseworkers.
The program focuses on serving youth who are:
â¢Frequently suspended from school
â¢Doing poorly, academically
â¢In need of intensive supervision and/or support
â¢Being considered for placement
â¢In need of community service hours
â¢Not complying with Probation or Children and Youth Services requirements
â¢Transitioning back from a placement facility and/or
The average length of client participation in the program is 6 to 9 months. The day treatment program operates six hours a day, Monday through Thursday and three hours on Fridays. The program typically begins the Thursday after Labor Day and ends during the third week of June. The program is conducted in our offices at 600 North Jackson Street in Media, PA. We begin transporting students from their homes to the program at 7 am and complete their transportation home by 4 pm.
Clients will be engaged in a variety of activities that may include:
*Transportation to after school appointments *Individualized and group academic education
*Positive behavioral program
*Career development and job search
*Referrals for other needed services, as needed *Individual and/or group counseling
*Supervised weekly community service
*Decision Making and Anger Management
Our overall goal is to assist clients in making positive changes so they can have a more productive lifestyle and transition back to their school district or graduate. Some of the criteria we use to measure participant success are: improvement in behavior; being on time; following the rules; managing behavior; increasing school attendance; improving academic effort and grades; and being promoted to the next grade or graduation. Weekly progress reports are completed and transmitted to the referring staff.
Clients receive 20+ hours per week of educational programming provided by a certified teacher from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Clients must have an IQ of at least 70 and cannot require full-time special education support. Our academics are designed to enhance the clientsâ academic skills, so they are better prepared to return to their school district. Our curriculum meets state standards and is delivered by group instruction; individual tutoring; digital media; field trips; and experiential learning.
Children and Youth Services
â¢CYS caseworker should first consult with their supervisor about a possible referral.
â¢The caseworker should then contact the Assistant Director, Karen Marchese, at Be Proud to discuss the childâs needs. Be Proud will obtain school records to determine if the child'sâ educational needs can be met in the program.
â¢We will notify CYS whether the child is appropriate or not for admission.
â¢Once the referral is approved by CYS Resource Department, the Caseworker should contact Be Proud; transmit family service plan, up to date physical and immunization record, and recent evaluations.
â¢Be Proud will complete intake with client and parents/ guardians.
â¢We will notify CYS of childâs start date, and CYS will send a letter committing the client to the program.
â¢Probation officer should contact Be Proud staff to provide basic information about the client.
â¢Probation officer transmits Court documents (Court summary, facesheet, and any recent evaluations).
â¢We will obtain school records to determine if the child'sâ educational needs can be met in the program.
â¢We will contact Probation to inform them whether or not the child is appropriate for admission.
â¢We will complete intake with clients and parents/ guardians. (this can be done right before Court)
â¢Before admission, we must have a current physical and immunization record and be Court-ordered.
â¢Be Proud staff will notify probation officer immediately of the decision and start date.
â¢Probation will provide Be Proud with the Court order.
Clients are referred by Juvenile Probation or Children Youth Services in Delaware County.
Parent/Guardian and the child is interviewed by staff prior to being admitted into the program.