Youth referred to an out-of-home placement or reside in a pre-adjudication facility operated by the department can receive supportive therapeutic services from trained counselors. Services include both individual and group counseling.
Each institutional program receives a treatment program tailored to residents' needs.
Dallas County Youth Village
Residents and their families receive:
- initial case planning and management,
- development of individual treatment plans for each youth upon admission
- individual, family, and group psychotherapy, such as a father abandonment group, anger management groups and family training program
Medlock Treatment Center
The Medlock RTC is comprised of two treatment programs: Enhancing Positive Identity and Choices (EPIC) and Successful Thinking and Responsible Sexuality (STARS). The EPIC program has the ability to serve 72 male residents aged 13 to 17 adjudicated for disruptive behavior offenses. The STARS program serves up to 24 male residents aged 13 to 17 adjudicated for sexual offenses.
The residents in both programs are required to complete a goal program that highlight successful social skills and concepts for change and rehabilitation (e.g.: honesty, tolerance, empathy, anger management). The goal program educates residents about thinking errors that are largely responsible for the perpetuation of negative behaviors that placed them in a Residential Treatment Center. The STARS residents are required to take and pass polygraph examinations at various points throughout their treatment. They also have the opportunity to participate in furloughs and overnight home visits to enhance relapse prevention planning and execution.
Psychology staff offers individual, group, and family therapy along with crisis intervention and assessment services within Letot. Consultation and staff training are ongoing. Therapeutic groups focus on truancy, anger management, setting boundaries and runaway prevention; aftercare groups are also offered. The Letot clinical team focuses on strengthening the youth’s ability to make healthy decisions, build positive relationships, and manage stress and emotions appropriately.
Short Term Adolescent Residential Treatment Program (START)
The program utilizes a cognitive behavioral treatment approach, based on the EQUIP Curriculum (EQUIP- Teaching Youth to Think and Act Responsibly through a Peer-Helping Approach). The goal of the program is to assist adolescent offenders in developing new thinking, social skills, and problem-solving skills in order to make more appropriate and safe choices once released into the community. Treatment is delivered through multiple domains including intake and assessment; positive peer and pro-social helping groups; individual, family and group therapy; family training groups; multidisciplinary staffings; weekly treatment team level evaluations and promotions; and post release aftercare meetings.