Altus Academy Mental Health Programs

The primary goal of these programs is to develop a student’s ability to manage various levels of stress that may be encountered throughout their lives. Through this understanding, students will be more prepared and able to successfully obtain an education in the least restrictive environment and allow fewer students to be removed from their families and homes and placed in extremely restrictive environments. To meet these goals, a comprehensive after-school Day Treatment Program, a therapeutic Extended Day Class Program, and individualized Mental Health Services have been created, which will provide the opportunity for students to experience success in a structured individualized educational and therapeutic setting. The programs will improve personal relationships, negative behaviors, ability to self-regulate and parental education and involvement.

Children in the programs have behavioral problems with common backgrounds and experiences that place them at high risk of failure in their present schools, and or home settings. Additional intensive support services are provided for the improvement or maintenance of functioning consistent with learning, the development of independent living, and enhanced self-sufficiency. These services can be provided by the approval of the IEP team for each student’s Individual Education Plan. All students are referred through their local school districts.

Goals and Objectives

Improve a student’s ability to manage various levels of stress as it develops, allowing them to successfully obtain an education in the least restrictive environment, thus reducing the incidences of removal from the family, home and school.
Increase a student’s ability to successfully transition from extremely restrictive environments to less restrictive environments.
Increase participant’s positive identity including, personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose, and positive view of personal future. future
Strengthen the family unit to provide support for the student’s success.

Program Descriptions

Day Treatment Program
An afterschool program consisting of 210 minutes of continuous therapeutic milieu. Day treatment hours are Monday through Friday, 3:00 – 6:30 pm. Servicing ages 5 to 22.

Intake Review, Plan Development, and Assessment/Evaluation:
An individualized treatment plan is developed, including components such as behavioral assessments, emotional, addiction, and global functioning. Review of existing treatment plan is conducted prior to the beginning of the program and includes implementation and monitoring of the plan.

Limited Case Management
From an assessment, a treatment plan is developed with monthly treatment team meetings, and monthly family/guardian collaboration/meetings.

Process Groups
Designed to help students develop the skills necessary to deal with their individual problems or issues using the group process. Problem-solving strategies and the group will assist in resolving behavioral and emotional problems. This program addresses mental health issues through therapeutic components of individual and group therapy.

Adjunctive Therapies
Include art, recreation, music, drama, individual fitness programs and board games. Therapeutic modalities will be used, which utilize self-expression to develop and enhance skills directed toward student treatment plan goals.

Therapeutic Extended Day Class Program
A Special Education class for emotionally disturbed students, provides continuous therapeutic and crisis intervention support for students exhibiting severe emotional challenges. Students who have not responded to Tier 2 and 3 interventions are often transitioning from or to a higher level of care. The Extended Day Class Program at Altus Academy provides an alternative choice that helps maintain the students in a least restrictive environment, while providing a therapeutic environment that meets this population’s needs.

These challenges are often presented as significant learning and behavioral difficulties. These classes teach academic and independent living skills through functional settings and activities. Access to core curriculum, are taught both in the classroom, as well as, in real settings such as the library, restaurants, stores, and various work experience sites.
Key features of this program include a longer instructional day, a credentialed teacher, licensed mental health professional and additional mental health facilitators in the classroom. This combination allows for on-going daily therapeutic interventions, which will assist the students to effectively access their education.

Individual Therapy
Use of psychosocial methods within a professional relationship with a licensed mental health professional, assists the student in achieving greater realization of his or her potential.

The daily interventions are designed to help the students with long-term mental health disorders to live their lives successfully. These interventions and continuous collaboration with students, their stakeholders, least restrictive environment placement team members, and district representatives ensures the successful and timely transition to less restrictive mainstream environments.