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MSCH General Intake Criteria for Placement

• The goal of MSCH is to help children to develop into healthy, productive members within their family unit and in society. It is important before placement takes place that you are aware of MSCH placement criteria, including certain behaviors that are inappropriate for our programs.


Populations MSCH will serve or consider include:

• Children approximate ages 11-18

• Children with the following diagnosis will be considered:

1. ADD/ADHD

2. Oppositional Defiant Disorder

3. Mood Disorders

4. Mild Attachment issues

5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

6. Depression/Anxiety

• Children with minor delinquency issues

• School Truancy

• Rebelliousness of child within the family including disrespect, defiance, disobedience of household rules and parental authority

• Children who have been subject to neglect and abuse

• Each situation presented will be evaluated on an individual basis for consideration of placement

Populations that are not appropriate for our programs include:

• Children charged with violent crimes against another person or crimes involving a weapon. Crimes include but are not limited to charges such as assault with a deadly weapon, murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and vehicular assault or homicide.

• Sexually offending children who have an open investigation or case with the Department of Social Services/Judicial system or where an investigation has confirmed the sexual perpetration allegations with a confirmed/substantiated child and who have not had Sex Offender Specific Treatment.

• Multiple charges/incidents related to fire starting/arson in which the child has not received treatment or has engaged in fire starting in the past three years.

• Active reported and legal documentation of current gang involvement. Children in a leadership role within the gang, and who have no desire to change behaviors.

• Children who have demonstrated active suicidal (within 24-72 hours) tendencies or homicidal plans and intent.

• Children with any infectious and contagious diseases including but not limited to: HIV, chicken pox, lice, mumps, measles, rubella, the infectious stages of tuberculosis, or a diabetic child who is inconsistent in regulating his or her insulin and/or dietary restrictions.

• Runaway and/or Homeless children without parent(s)/guardian(s) authorization/consent for placement.

• Drug/alcohol addiction

• Severe attachment disorder issues (Reactive Attachment Disorder)

Private Placement Track Specific Requirements:

• Private placement is contingent on meeting MSCH general criteria.

• Children and parents/guardians have completed an initial interview.

• Children and family demonstrate motivation and are committed to following the expectations of the program.

• Parents/guardians support of the MSCH treatment program.

• Parents/guardians openness to a psychiatric evaluation, if needed.

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