What is Phoenix Group Home?
What is Phoenix Group Home?
Phoenix Group home is a Type 1, staff secured, residential facility, licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. We are located in West Portsmouth, Ohio in a home setting which offers a peaceful, spacious and healthy environment for children to live, learn, and grow during 6-8 months, which is the average duration of our program.
The mission is to develop and administer programs to enhance the safety and quality of life for adolescents and families through a quality, comprehensive continuum of care in the fields of social services, mental health, education.
For traumatized children and their families by addressing the issues that surround trauma and helping the children and families discover healthy and healing ways recovery and lead happy and healthy lives.
Phoenix Group Home will serve up to 16 young men ages 13-18. Many children present with co-occurring mental health, behavioral, and substance abuse disorders that cannot be isolated and treated separately. For this reason, the program takes a holistic approach to treatment and wraps a continuum of specialized services around each child.
Who are the children at Phoenix Group Home?
“Normal” teenage experiences can be both difficult and challenging for any young person. For some, this time can be further complicated by mental health issues and extreme traumatic events such as separation from parents, physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. Since they are not equipped with healthy ways to cope with the stressors in their lives, these children often engage in high-risk behaviors, self-harm, defiant or oppositional behaviors, aggression, and drug or alcohol use. Due to many of the complex traumas that these children have experienced, most, if not all, have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depression.
Who refers Children to Phoenix Group Home?
The children are referred by their legal guardian, which may include their parents, children’s services agencies or juvenile courts.
How is Phoenix Home funded?
Funding for the program is received from several sources. The county of residence is responsible for paying the room and board portion of the program; educational funding is provided by the child’s home school district; and Ohio Medicaid reimbursement covers the medical and clinical services that are provided.Back to Top
Trauma Informed Care
Trauma and how it affects Mental Health
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. This could be an experience of violence and victimization of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, loss, domestic and/or witnessing violence, disasters and terrorism. Traumatic experiences can impact a child’s spiritual, behavioral, mental, physical and social functioning. This then goes on to influence how a child view themselves and the world around them. Intense fear, horror and helplessness may be responses children who have experienced complex traumas have, which can result in the child feeling an overwhelming sense of stress that interferes with their ability to cope.
Children that have experienced trauma tend to have problems related to physical and mental health. Including an increased risk of substance abuse, self-harm, high risk behaviors, and early death. They may also be more prone to high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, self harm, and sexual promiscuity as coping mechanisms.
What Does Trauma-Informed Care Mean?
Trauma-Informed Care is a treatment philosophy that encourages an appreciation for the high prevalence of traumatic experiences in children who receive mental health services. The course in treatment requires a thorough understanding of profound neurological, biological, and psychological, and social effects of trauma with children. All members of the treatment team must work closely together to ensure consistency with their interactions with the children.
Trauma-Informed training with the staff members is intensive to ensure their knowledge, compassion, sensitivity, and understanding that each child needs someone who will value and respect them for who they are.
Trauma-Specific Approaches and Interventions
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) safety, trustworthiness and transparency, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment of voice and choice are trauma-informed services designed to be welcoming and friendly for all children. These trauma specific approaches and interventions are designed to address the symptoms of the individual’s traumatic experiences for the child to enable healing.
Successful trauma specific intervention programs emphasize the following as being critical to positive results among adolescents.
- Services are grounded in philosophy of trauma-informed care.
- The child’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding his own recovery.
- Understanding the relation between trauma and symptoms of trauma, which include substance abuse, depression and anxiety.
- The importance to work in a collaborative way with the children, their family, and community supports that will be available to them following their treatment program.