Angela Goodpasture, Program Supervisor
700 University City Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA 24060
The Healthy Alternatives to Residential Treatment (HART) program is designed to serve adolescents and children who need an alternative to residential treatment due to serious emotional disturbances. Identified clients will have received less intensive treatment prior to being accepted for this level of service. The goal of the program is to reunite the client with his/her biological family, or to prepare the youth for independent living. Intensive treatment modalities, including Intensive In Home therapy on a daily basis, psychiatric and psychological evaluation, crisis response, and daily practice in skill building will be provided, as well as meetings with the HART home parents regarding program effectiveness. The philosophy of the program is that clients can learn effective techniques to remain in their community, if given enough support to do so.
A behavioral treatment component based on earning points for age appropriate behaviors is the basis of the interaction and expectations between the youth and the HART Home parent. Points and behaviors are kept in a daily log, and are rewarded in earning age appropriate privileges such as community outings or supervised computer time. As the youth learns to incorporate appropriate behaviors, they are simultaneously developing therapeutic relationships with the therapist from the In Home program, who use family systems frameworks as well as strengths based treatment modalities. The HART Home parent becomes the primary care giver for the client(s) living in the home, although custody may be retained by the parent or by the local Department of Social Services.
Staffing will include a supervisor and Qualified Mental Health Providers (In home staff, Mental Health supports providers). The number of HART Homes and youth will not exceed fifteen homes per supervisor. Intensive In Home is the initial service provided, which can be transferred to the natural family upon the youth’s return. In the event that this service is not the most appropriate, other services will be made available by the HART supervisor.