Ripples of hope

Campagna expands residential program for youth with disabilities

2013-06-28T00:00:00Z 2013-07-02T17:46:10Z Campagna expands residential program for youth with disabilitiesBy Elena Dwyre Times Columnist
June 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Campagna Academy is pleased to announce the expansion of our residential programs to include services to youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

We have assessed an increased need for DD/ID services in our region, and have established strategic collaborations and created a well-thought-out program for youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

This program will offer the youth and their families the option of quality residential and community-based services close to their homes and families.

In order to provide a quality residential program, we recognized the need to offer a continuum of care built around the specific needs of the youth we serve. To this end, we reached out to local providers that currently offer services to youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

These providers include In-Pact and The Arc Northwest Indiana, which have both partnered with Campagna Academy by offering a step-down program for Campagna Academy’s children and young adults.

Another very important component to our planning was to ensure that the youth in this program receive quality educational services and support. Through our existing partnership with the Lake Central School Corporation, the youth will be educated through West Lake Special Education Cooperative, a joint program between LCSC and the School Town of Munster.

This cooperative is invested in the principle of maintaining youth in the least-restrictive environment required by federal and state regulations, including a full continuum of services.

After 66 years, we continue to build on our mission of Restoring Hope and Building Dreams for at-risk youth and their families.

Monday, Campagna opened our doors to 12 boys, ages 14 to 18. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to bring this level of care to these young men. I could not think of a better way to continue our mission than to bring this level of programming to this very vulnerable group of children.

My belief is that children in need of out-of-home care need to receive services close to family and friends. Many families do not have the resources to drive several hours to visit their children. To provide the highest level of care, reduce residential length of stay and improve reunification outcomes, we need to work together to keep children close to their families.

Parents of youth at Campagna play an important role in assisting their child with disabilities to build successful, satisfying lives. The program holds a strong expectation of parent involvement, and we offer resources to facilitate regular visits as well as many events, such as quarterly Family Nights, that will allow families to interact and increase overall involvement in their child’s treatment and educational goals.

Thanks to the support from the Department of Children Services and our local partners, families in Northwest Indiana now have another option when they face the difficult decision to look for out-of-home care for their child with disabilities.

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

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