Positive Reinforcement

  • Verbal Praise - giving the youth praise and recognition for a job well done.
  • Communication with Appropriate Friend - communication is permitted by phone and mail with positive peers upon earning level 3, with approval of the placing agency and custodian as documented in the ISP.
  • Recognition Awards and Rewards - Each week staff members vote on various positive behaviors such as positive peer relations, personal responsibility, best in programming, most respectful, best manners, stop and think before reacting, appropriate humor, best in chores and most improved. Those votes are tallied and awards are given. They may then cash in their awards for prizes. You must have at least 2 awards to receive a small prize, 4 awards to receive a medium and 8 awards to receive a large.
  • Extra Community Outing for the Day - Activities in the community such as movie theaters, bowling, dining out, miniature golf, hockey game.
  • Programming Passes - this allows the child to have the privilege being excused from an area of programming for that day to have free time.
  • Goal Monies - A group is held weekly to review progress on the goals set during goal group. Upon grading goal achievement a percentage is reached and compared to the school grading scale. For each letter grade a monetary value is assigned and the child receives an award noting the value the child may spend while shopping. Earning a letter grade of you will receive $10. Earning a letter grade of you will receive $5. Earning a letter grade of you will receive $2. Goal money is given in the form of a paper note that can be given to staff to pay for appropriate items of their choosing while shopping at Wal-mart.
  • Highest levels given first choices on shower time, seating in the vehicle and living room, running errands with staff and other privileges at staff discretion.
  • Unsupervised time may be given to level threes and fours as outlined in the service plan.
  • Doing something above and beyond in relation to the goals and objectives your service plan will earn one of the following privileges for a day Extended phone time beyond allotted amount per your level, Additional free time beyond allotted amount per your level. This extended time will be given in 15 minute increments.
  • *other privileges and rewards based on trust level, level status, and service plan approval.

Behavior Interventions

  • Verbal Redirection
  • Prompted Relaxation
  • Time Out
  • Loss of Free Time
  • Loss of Quiet Time
  • Assigned Study Time
  • Early Bed/Early Rise - This is utilized when a child is not following bedtime rules or failing to get out of bed in time to complete all tasks in the morning. The youth will have to go to their room 30 to 60 minutes early and may be required to rise 30 to 60 minutes early.
  • Chore Detail
  • Essays - Range from 100 to 1000 words
  • Research Project/Report - The assignment will be in relation to the rule violation and will be of staffs choosing and may not exceed 5 pages double spaced.
  • Loss of Community Activity
  • Table Restriction - The youth is required to complete all programming components at the dining room table at half day increments.
  • Restriction of Level Privileges
  • Level Freeze - suspension of privileges and will not earn days while on freeze.
  • Level Evaluation - Levels are evaluated on a daily basis and it is determined if the youth should progress a day toward the next level. Negative behavior may result in several loss of days or levels.
  • Restitution
  • Interventions designed by the Child's Service Plan - Each resident shall have a service plan outlining the goals of placement, the interventions used to target the youths behavioral problems, and the childs behavioral history. When approved by the LPCC,LPC, LSW, or LISW service plans may cite specific interventions in order to ensure safety and security of the child, the facility and all parties present.
  • Physical Restraint - Physical restraint may be used by child care staff only, (1) For self-protection (2) For protection of the child from imminent danger (3) To protect another person from the child.

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