Ripples of hope

Campagna Academy adds Therapeutic Day Treatment program

2014-06-27T00:00:00Z Campagna Academy adds Therapeutic Day Treatment programBy Elena Dwyre Times Columnist nwitimes.com
June 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Campagna Academy is delighted to announce the opening of our Therapeutic Day Treatment program.

Campagna Academy, along with our partner, Regional Mental Health, continues to make education services for Lake County youth a priority, often working with young people referred to as at-risk youth – young people with the greatest needs and challenges now have support in our new Therapeutic Day Treatment program.

In November, 2013, Campagna and Regional Mental Health Center formalized a partnership, strengthening all of our behavioral health services to youth and families.

With Regional’s expertise in providing mental health services, we will implement a quality, evidenced-based model of care that provides educational and treatment services to children whose psychiatric and behavioral difficulties are too severe for them to be educated effectively in their local school systems.

TDT will help at-risk youth, parents, and juvenile offenders. It is a comprehensive integration of academic and clinical programs that will serve Lake County children and adolescents 13 to 19, and will be staffed with certified special education teachers/supervisor, behavioral specialists, master-level clinicians, nurses, psychiatrists, and a program manager who is a certified teacher/licensed school administrator.

We believe that education is one of the most effective ways of helping young people rise from poverty. However, attending and staying in school is a considerable challenge for those who have experienced the burdens of depression, problems at home and with family members, and additional trauma. Youth in these situations need a new place to grow, learn, and succeed.

Program Manager Angela Comsa, LCSW, MBA, clinical director of Child and Family Services at Regional Mental Health Center, is leading the implementation of therapeutic services for youth in this program.

“Regional is pleased to be a part of this program," she said. "We believe behavioral health services are an integral piece in working with children/youth in school settings to help them achieve success. Oftentimes expelled from school, they are left with more time and less support to confront emotional, environmental and behavioral challenges.

"This program will offer door-to-door transportation, two daily meals, vocational counseling, and credit recovery programs - instruction in a setting of no more than 12 students per class. It will allow for educational instruction, along with the supportive services of mental health professionals.

"This is an ideal alternative to expulsion of students that will allow them to acquire the necessary tools to successfully overcome their challenges.”

Informational classes about our Therapeutic Day Treatment Program at Campagna will begin Aug. 12. Contact Dr. Dawn Greene at dgreene@cahope.org or (219) 322-8614) for more information.

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at edwyre@cahope.org or (219) 322-8614, or visit www.campagnaacademy.org for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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