The Residential Treatment Center (RTC) is a mental health treatment program for children ages three through thirteen with severe emotional and behavioral disorders who cannot be treated successfully in a less structured setting. The Residential Treatment Center combines a positive living environment with specialized mental health treatment and/or residential school services. Children served include those with severe behavioral disorders, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, and victims of trauma. Each child in the Residential Treatment Center has an individualized treatment plan designed to help the child develop the behaviors that will enable the child to return to a home setting. A typical length of stay is 12 months.
The Residential Treatment Center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to serve 24 children. Children are referred to this program and their treatment is funded through a variety of sources including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and local school districts.
TREATMENT AND SERVICES
A combination of structure, nurture, and therapy help young children achieve success in the Residential Treatment Center. During a child’s stay, treatment staff focus on treating a variety of behavioral and/or emotional problems, such as aggressive behaviors, self-harm behaviors, destructive behaviors, attachment issues, non-compliance, social skills and relationship building, sexually problematic behaviors, anger control and self-esteem building.
Licensed social workers provide oversight for each child’s treatment program, therapeutic interventions, and case management services. Services include parent training, assessment, and individual, group and family counseling and psychotherapy.
Spiritual development services are also available to the children who desire religious education. Both the child and the child’s parent or guardian must consent for the child to participate in religious education and worship experiences. Spiritual development services respect the religious background of each child.
LIVING IN THE RTC
The Baby Fold has provided residential care throughout its history. The current Residential Treatment Center opened in May 2000. It provides a home-like environment that is designed to facilitate close supervision. The Residential Treatment Center is divided into four separate living units, each of which has seven bedrooms, a living room, dining room, computer/quiet activity room, bathrooms, and staff offices. The RTC is also equipped with therapy rooms, family visiting rooms, a skate room, and spacious playgrounds for the children to enjoy. The children living in the RTC also take frequent advantage of the many recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities within the local Bloomington/Normal community.
The Residential Treatment Center employs an interdisciplinary team of highly trained staff to work with the children. Residential treatment specialists provide supervision, care and treatment for children 24 hours a day. The daytime ratio is 1 staff to 2 children and during sleeping hours the ratio is 1 staff to 6 children. Other staff include: a clinical psychologist, two child and adolescent psychiatristst, therapists, registered nursing staff, case managers, and certified teaching staff. Each child also has an employee designated as a “special person” who provides a parental figure and role model for the child.