Hope Hill's vision is to be a regional leader in the rehabilitation of young people, and we have prided ourselves on continuing to evolve our treatment and services to fit the greatest needs of society. Today, Hope Hill is an alternative school that also offers foster care services, independent living, and residential treatment services including substance abuse recovery and equine-assisted counseling to youth in crisis.
Hope Hill Youth Services has two therapeutic programs. The first is residential treatment for at risk teen girls ages 12-18. The residential program offers multiple opportunities to meet the needs of youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. These opportunities include substance abuse treatment, equine assisted counseling, clinical and social skill building groups as well as independent living groups. Our residential program focuses on the behaviors of the youth and teaches them to take responsibility for their actions and how to make better choices to prevent negative situations.
The second program is the therapeutic foster care which serves youth ages infant to 18 by placing them in safe and nurturing homes with certified foster families in the community. These homes are highly qualified and receive intense training in dealing with children and youth who have difficult behaviors. While in each of these programs our youth receive group and individual counseling, psychiatric therapy as needed and medical services when necessary.
In addition, to our residential programs our girls receive specialized educational opportunities. With an on-site alternative school we work with the Montgomery County School District to provide our residents with an education that addresses their specific needs, strengths and weaknesses. When appropriate we can arrange for residents to attend GED classes and training. The girls also receive classes in ACT prep to get them ready for college.
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Hope Hill is distinctive in that we specialize in severe cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Our geographic location is also distinctive. We are located in one of the most poverty stricken, drug ridden areas of the Commonwealth.
Hope Hill offers a wide array of services. Our transitional living program helps build self-confidence, knowledge and experience without fear of failure. Our girls learn basic life skills that will reduce their risk of homelessness and poverty. They develop home economics, financial planning, education and vocational skills and learn how to excel in a home environment.
Hope Hill's equine-assisted counseling program offers children a safe environment to work through issues of fear, anxiety, self-doubt and poor communication. We teach the child how to work with and communicate effectively with the horse, indirectly teaching them how to apply these same skills in their everyday lives.
Hope Hill's substance abuse recovery program is dedicated to working with girls abusing and dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. We have passionate therapists and certified counselors that work hand-in-hand with the girls to challenge, guide and support them through intensive treatment programs.
Hope Hill's teachers are committed to giving individual attention to each girl and providing a quality education. They are some of the best in the district and I am very proud to have them a part of my staff. They work very hard to plan and look for new ways to educate the girls on what needs to be done.
Hope Hill has been treating hurting children since 1959. Since that time, we have transitioned from an orphanage to an alternative school and comprehensive treatment facility. We have expanded the facility to 45 beds, installed an indoor riding arena and built an education and wellness facility.
One of the challenges facing our organization is turnover. The direct care workers have a high stress, very difficult job, and job retention can be a challenge.
This challenge is being addressed through an emphasis on employee appreciation. An employee of the month is now being recognized, and employees are given gifts on employee appreciation day. Door prizes are given out at campus wide meetings, and employees and their families are invited to special dinners on holidays.
Another challenge facing Hope Hill is a lack of funding. Hope Hill receives funding from the state, and the reimbursement rates have not increased in the last six years. We have to do more with less because the cost of raising a child has increased.
We are addressing this challenge by being more intentional about fundraising. Hope Hill has hired a full time Director of Development, and we have three fundraisers scheduled for 2015.
I chose to serve as a board member for Hope Hill because it is a faith based organization. As a Christian, I have a passion for helping the helpless. Being a part of Hope Hill’s ministry gives me a way to help the helpless and give back.
Our organization's aim is to give children an opportunity for success. We are trying to give them the support, skills and resources they need to be successful in life while clinically treating behavioral/mental problems stemming from abuse and abandonment.
At Hope Hill, our aim is to partner with our communities to bring awareness. Our goal is to care for kids all over the state and to work with families and adolescents at risk. We hope to produce successful relationships, loving parents and viable members of the community.
Our plan for the next five years deals with improving service delivery as well as staff development. Our service delivery is expanding to meet the changing needs of youth in Kentucky. We will improve our service delivery models to include the best evidence-based models (i.e., intensive substance abuse treatment).
Hope Hill currently has a substance abuse treatment program, but our plan is to make it a priority. We are now hiring certified substance abuse counselors and applying for grants so we can afford the best evidence-based curriculum. We are transitioning from an inpatient-focused program to an outpatient program, where we will assist families and youth in their homes. We want to treat the whole family, to work in homes with families and children, with the ultimate goal being an emotionally healthy child in a permanent home.
Our resources include 6 master’s level therapists who are currently working with Hope Hill. We have a 125-acre campus located in a place of need. On Hope Hill’s campus, we have a health clinic to help with medication management. Also on-site is our alternative school, which gives the youth more one-on-one attention and tutoring. Our campus makes available several extra-curricular activities, including an equine program, a wellness center and a garden that the girls help to tend.
Our financial resources are strong. We have made a profit for the last five years. We have a four million dollar budget. In the past two years, we have cut $200,000 out of the budget.
Our external strengths include several partnerships. Hope Hill’s CEO sits on the state task force for human trafficking and on the state board of the Children’s Alliance, an organization which deals with policy. Hope Hill also has partnerships with the Chrysalis House in Lexington, the Wesley House in Louisville and KY Rescue and Restore, an organization which helps us know how best to treat victims of human trafficking.
One of the best indicators of our success is non re-admittance. Another is when the girls leave Hope Hill and choose to go to college and further their education. We know that we have succeeded when our youth complete the substance abuse treatment program and when they earn their GED.
Though it would be helpful to monitor the youth’s progress after they leave our program, they are wards of the state. When they turn 18, Hope Hill is not allowed to stay in touch with them.
At Hope Hill, we are working toward permanency. Our goal is to discharge the children to their home, or a less restrictive placement such as a foster home. We monitor our behavioral discharge rate (i.e., the rate of youth that are discharged to a mental health treatment facility) and other rates in continuous quality improvement meetings as outlined by the Council on Accreditation.
In recent years, we have developed an on-site health clinic to improve med management and psych treatment on campus. We have laid fiber optic cables and wireless internet service all over campus so that we can utilize electronic medical records all over campus.
We have also built a wellness center because of the effects of exercise on the traumatic brain, and an education facility. The use of state of the art interactive technology in the classrooms will help the children succeed in higher education. Additionally, we are purchasing a training curriculum that is evidence-based.
We have learned that a couple of things do not work. It does not work not to have a comprehensive treatment plan. We have also determined that the kids need more than therapy, they need all of these extracurricular resources to support them.
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One of our challenges is that we are being held hostage by a single funding stream and a single referral source. We are looking to diversify our funding sources and referral sources with the goal being that we become a stand-alone treatment facility.
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