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Serving The Youth and Families of Fremont County Since 1977
 
  Serving The Youth and Families of Fremont County Since 1977
Serving The Youth and Families of Fremont County Since 1977
Fremont County Group Homes About Us  


ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

Fremont County Group HomesRespect for all individuals
Empower families to make changes needed to reunite with their children
Quality care services
Advocate for the well being of families and individuals
Honest with all
Integrity concerning resident and family confidentiality
Ethical in all interactions

SERVICE POPULATION
 
The ethnic breakdown of our typical resident population is 59% white; 35% Native American; and 5% combination of Latino, black and bi-racial.  Socioeconomic composition is the same for Fremont County.
 
THE BEGINNING

In 1976, several social service agencies saw a need for a home that could provide services to at risk youth and their families.  These agencies and the Progressive Women's Club applied for and received a three-year grant from the LEAA to meet that need.  The first group home was located in Hudson, was moved to Lander, and eventually to Riverton where it has been since 1979.
 
INITIAL FUNDING AND CURRENT REVENUES

 Initially, the Group Home operated on donations and assistance from four local clubs who chose the Group Home as a project.  In 1982, when the program was about to close due to lack of funds, the Fremont County Commissioners awarded the program $77,763.00.  This money allowed the Group Home to continue providing services and to hire a Director.
 In 1983, the program received a grant from the Division of Community Programs and the Fremont County Commissioners provided additional funds for the purchase of  permanent homes in Lander and Riverton. Currently we receive a grant from the State of Wyoming which is used to assure staff are available 24 hours a day, and a per diem rate for court ordered placements is utilized for program operation.  We receive a federal grant for our Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.
 Most importantly, we receive contributions from many generous supporters.  Our program was conceived by local volunteers and has steadily increased its list of benefactors from the beginning.  We are appreciative of our communities' support and aspire to remain the kind of program deserving of their endorsement.
CURRENT PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

The Group Homes have a combined capacity of twenty youth.  Twelve of these beds are for long term court ordered placements, six are available for crisis placements, and two are for our federally funded Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

 
ORGANIZATIONAL STANDARDS

Because Fremont County Group Homes is licensed by and contracts with the State of Wyoming and receives federal dollars for our runaway program, our agency and our employees must adhere to specific principles and policies.  All current standards are covered in this operations manual.  The State of Wyoming performs on-site reviews every two years, and federal reviews occur every four years.  We are very proud of past reviews and strive to exceed the required service standards.
We believe all people are inherently good.  Once placed with us, our goals are:
  1. To treat each youth and family with respect.
  2. To empower youth with new skills which will enable them to make appropriate choices.
  3. To make accountability a requirement, rather than an option.
  4. To advocate for each youth's future well-being and best interests.
  5. To work from the premise that all youth and families have strengths and resilience.
We believe prevention and early intervention are crucial elements in the solution for at-risk juveniles.  It is our commitment as an agency to do whatever we can to promote prevention, early identification, and intervention activities for these youth.

ADMISSION SELECTION PROCEDURE

Fremont County Group Home policy is to use need as the first criteria for placement. The Group Home reserves the right to refuse service to any youth who:

  • is considered to be high risk to injure him or herself, another person, or is likely to jeopardize the program itself
  • is at high risk for suicidal or homicidal behavior
  • is exhibiting severe psychiatric symptoms that cannot be safely managed and treated with the resources available at the facility
  • is exhibiting combative behavior

Youth who are currently under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances must meet the above criteria and be cleared by hospital medical staff or a personal physician IF:

  • they currently have a BAC of .15 or greater
  • are exhibiting unstable vital signs and/or signs and symptoms requiring emergency treatment, (e.g. persistent vomiting; body temperature of greater than 100 degrees or less than 95 degrees; hallucinations; open lacerations or uncontrolled bleeding; possible fracture; pupils dilated and unresponsive to light; or a pulse greater than 120 per minute while resting)
  • are pregnant
If medical personnel clear a youth for placement, staff follow the Procedure for Detoxing Residents.  

ORGANIZATION OF THE GROUP HOMES

  • Six long term beds at each home
  • Three crisis beds at each home
  • One runaway and homeless youth bed at each home
  • Operating hours are 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year
LONG TERM COURT ORDERED PLACEMENTS

Fremont County Group Homes, Inc. provides long-term care to youth between the ages of 10 and 17, who have been adjudicated as CHINS (Child in Need of Supervision), Delinquent, Abused, or Neglected.
Service Delivery Plan
A. Referral is received.
B. The Executive or Associate Director and other staff meet with youth, parent or guardian, and social services worker for an interview.
C. The youth and parent or guardian receive information regarding rules, expectations, program and resident responsibilities, and resident rights.
D. Staffing occurs and a decision is made as to denial or acceptance of applicant. If admission is denied, staff make recommendations to the youth and parent or guardian for service options. The decision to accept or deny a resident for admission is based on information gathered from the youth, the parent or guardian, the referring agency; the need for the agency's services, the youth's inability to receive such services in a less restrictive environment, and the safety of other residents, staff, and the community.
E. When a resident is accepted, the next step is intake. All staff are trained in intake procedures. The resident and parent or guardian receive explanations and written copies of all rules, resident rights, complaint procedures, etc. and are asked to sign required forms. The person with custody signs intake form.
F. Placement in the Group Home provides

  1. A positive home environment, with direct care staff who provide a positive parenting model.
  2. A comprehensive assessment:
    a. a preliminary evaluation of the request or need
    b. a compilation of information about past or current services from this or other agencies
    c. consideration of ethnic and cultural factors
    d. health assessment
    e. discussion with resident's parent or guardian regarding need for continued services
    f. information regarding psychological, developmental, behavioral, and educational factors
    g. identification of special treatment needs due to age, sexual orientation, culture, religion, nationality, race, or ethnic identity
    h. exploration of underlying problems such as family violence, child abuse, or substance abuse
    I. resident and family strengths
    j. assessment of social problems effecting the resident and family
    k. assessment of family relationships and legal status of resident
    l. substance abuse assessment
  3. A service case plan is developed by the resident, the Clinical Director, staff, parent or guardian, and social services worker. (See services)
  4. Continuing education and support through existing school districts
  5. Individual counseling
    a. Behavior
    b. Education
    c. Life skills
    d. Future planning
    e. Substance abuse
  6. Group counseling
    a. Supportive
    b. Awareness building (i.e. value clarification, thinking errors, accountability, substance abuse, and self-respect)
    c. Recreational therapy, including but not limited to
    - Wilderness trips, fishing, etc.
    - Community offerings
    - Participation in school activities
  7. Long term placement
    a. Fremont County Group Homes ultimate goal, unless otherwise stated by the Department of Family Services, is reunification.
    b. Or long term foster care in coordination with DFS worker.


G. Legalities
Long term residents are court ordered to our facility. These residents have court orders with conditions to be met before they can exit the Group Home. These are not always treatment issues. For example: restitution, school attendance, weekly probation meetings. Staff is responsible for assuring a resident follows the conditions of a court order. Violation of the court order can mean immediate removal from the Group Home.
H. Coordination of Service
In long term placement the Department of Family Service is responsible for coordination of service. In some situations, the Department of Family Service may ask the Group Home to coordinate services for a resident.

CRISIS PLACEMENTS

Fremont County Group Homes provides short-term care (30 days or less) to youth, between the ages of ten(10) and seventeen(17), who are in need of emergency shelter due to a crisis situation.

Referrals come from social services, law enforcement, parents, schools, youth services, and residents themselves.

Crisis Admission Policy:
Follow overall admission policy. One or more of the following criteria are specific to Crisis placements to
determine eligibility of services:

  1. Must be between the ages of ten(10) and seventeen(17).
  2. A child in need of protection
  3. A non-violent child as an alternative for secure detention.
  4. A child requiring diagnostic assessment
  5. A child awaiting permanent placement.
  6. A non-violent child awaiting trial.
  7. A child unable to receive parental care in their home or independent living situation.
  8. A child who participates in family and community life

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