GEMS

(GROWING, EMPOWERING & MENTORING FOR SUCCESS)

Severe Risk; Private Secure Unit; Females

TARGET POPULATION: AGES 12-18

[Staff Ratio 1:3]

  • Conduct disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorders
  • Trauma related disorders
  • Sexually maladaptive youth
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • Runaway/truancy tendencies
  • History of criminal charges
  • History of gang involvement
  • Problems related to primary support group
  • Previous failed placements

The GEMS program is a secure residential treatment program devoted to providing services to female youth who are dealing with significant trauma and exhibiting criminal and behavioral issues. These youths have typically experienced failed previous placements or are not safe in the community, staff secure residential facility, or in less restrictive environments.

The GEMS program offers a highly structured therapeutic environment with increased security measures. Specially trained treatment staff focus on the underlying trauma and other adverse childhood events while working with the youth to build self-respect, improve self-esteem, and develop healthy relationships. The program also focuses on the importance of respecting authority, managing anger, exercising self-control, accepting personal responsibility, and empowering internal ambition. We work with each young lady to help them achieve personal goals, make positive choices, learn to effectively resolve conflicts, improve academic performance, and enhance moral development and reasoning.