Who Do We Help?
Please read this page and learn about the criteria we have for accepting children into our program. If we can help you, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
MSCH accepts children who come from a variety of different backgrounds. Children may come from abusive environments, where they experienced neglect or trauma. Children may be challenged with Attention Deficit Disorder (or Hyperactivity), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or struggle with mood regulation (Bi-Polar). Children may be showing rebellion towards their parents/guardians through defiant, disrespectful, or disobedient behaviors. Children may be showing poor decisions with their academics by not completing homework, ditching classes, or having multiple suspensions, including expulsion.
Most of the children have been privately placed. Children can be placed by social services or other agencies. A minimum one year placement is encouraged. Case plans are designed to address problems and solutions. The goal is to reunite children with their families if possible when both are ready. MSCH welcomes referrals from school counselors, ministers, law enforcement officers, parents, grandparents and others.
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:
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Mild Attachment issues
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- 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 a gang and 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.