The REACH program operates year-round so applications for admission can be submitted at any time. Youth are typically referred to our program with the intention of preserving a permanency placement such as family or foster home which is at imminent risk of breaking down. Usually, the focus is on the young person’s behaviour in relation to substance abuse, anger/emotional regulation, family conflict, defiance toward adults/authority, anxiety, depression, difficulties at school, lack of motivation, low self-efficacy, and negative peer relationships. Often the parents/guardian are emotionally exhausted and at a loss with how to support the young person and maintain a positive home environment. Appropriate candidates for our program are adolescent males, ages 13 to 17.

Referral Process

Step 1 | Apply for a Placement

Any parent or placement professional who has legal responsibility for the young person and authority to enter into a service agreement for the per diem payment for the program’s minimum 90-day term may initiate a referral. Usually, the parent or placement professional will begin by having a preliminary phone conversation with a member of our Admissions Team to confirm bed availability and an initial assessment that the young person (and family) would benefit from the program. A Referral Package is completed by the referring agent and submitted to our Admissions Team for review. This package can be downloaded, completed, and faxed back to us. Contact us if you wish to speak to a member of our Admissions Team before completing a referral package.

A referral often starts with a phone call or email where specific questions you have about the program can be answered and based on a general description of the young person, an initial indication can be given about whether the REACH program appears to be appropriate to the young person’s needs.

Step 2 | Application Review

The Admissions Team strives to review each application within four business days. Upon review, a determination is made as to whether or not the youth appears to be a suitable candidate. The Admissions Team will contact you to set up an admissions interview, either via phone, web-based video, or in person.

Step 3 | Interview with the Young Person

The admissions interview is comprised of an electronic presentation highlighting our program and an interview with the young person and parent/guardians. The presentation is intended to provide the young person and parent/guardian with an orientation to the program and the interview serves to further assess the young person’s capacity to do well in the program. Many young people are initially opposed to the thought of coming to the REACH program, but we have found that in most cases the young person will voluntarily attend once they have had an opportunity to weigh their options and consider their future.

Step 4| Determination of Suitability

Following the interview, the Admissions Team will make a determination of suitability. You can expect to hear from our team typically within three business days following the interview. When an offer of admission has been extended, the young person will need to have a medical assessment to ensure there are no medical risks to participation and additional forms covering liability/informed consent, prescribed medications, and service contract must be completed.

Step 5 | Confirming Admission Date

An appropriate date for admission of the young person will be established in consultation with the parent/guardian. Admission date can be influenced by whether all of the paperwork is in order (e.g., medical has been completed and submitted). Private-pay placements will need to provide payment in advance for the defined placement term.

Step 6 | Admission Day

In most cases, the parent/guardian will come with their child on the day of admission. This provides an opportunity to tour the campus, meet the program staff and possibly participate in an initial counselling session and set dates for future meetings.

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