Our community integrated group living programs serve foster youth in need of a higher level of care. Each program provides 24-hour staff supervision in a home-like atmosphere that enables development to integrate children into public schools and participate in community activities. The ultimate goal of our integrated group living programs is to enable youth to eventually return to a lower level of care with less intensive supervision, such as their natural home setting, a foster home, or transitional programs such as Stepping Stones.
In 2015, Redwood Community Services was included as a rural implementer of the Residential Based Services pilot- selected as 1 of 4 counties to participate. Lasting Integrated Family Environments (LIFE), formerly Residential Based Services, utilizes Mendocino House and Cam’s Place as well as the Family Visitation Center.
Redwood Community Services, Inc. has been providing children's residential services since 2006. The Lasting Integrated Family Environments (LIFE) program model was developed during RCS’s participation in the Residentially Based Services (RBS) pilot which concludes at the end of December 2018. LIFE includes a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) option called Cam’s Place and Mendocino House, for youth struggling with behaviors that are barriers to their ability to live successfully in family settings. The LIFE program also features community-based, In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS) to support the youth and family once the youth has completed the residential phase of their treatment and has moved into a family living environment where they can continue to develop skills to reduce their barrier behaviors. The intent of this program is to integrate intensive therapeutic and behavioral service provided at Cam’s Place and Mendocino House, and community-based therapeutic/ support services that are coordinated by the Care Coordination Team (CCT); providing comprehensive care using a strengths-based, team driven approach. A safety plan and Plan of Care are developed and used to guide treatment and address goals.
Cam’s Place accepts Mendocino County youth who are otherwise being referred for higher levels of care outside the county of origin. This program is committed to keeping these youth local and connected to positive community school resources and when applicable independent living skills programs. Youth receive intensive services within a short time frame (6-9 months) and then transition to a family-like setting where services continue. These youth attend local schools and efforts are made to keep them in the least restrictive school setting.
Beginning in 2004, this level 12 program helps each youth identify a supportive network of life connections that will help guide them towards making safe choices while healing from trauma and developing their independent living skills. Program youth attend community schools/college and are encouraged and assisted to gain employment in the community. Mendocino House meets weekly with a team of community partners and staff to discuss each youth’s progress towards their goals and also address any behavioral, school, family or placement issues.
Mendocino County Children’s Center (MCCC)
Opening in 2005, MCCC is a 30-day assessment center providing provide a safe environment for youth and their families in crisis to stabilize their behavior and anxiety as well as adjust to being away from family, foster family or previous placement. During the youth’s stay they receive intense therapeutic services and support and attend school in the community. At the completion of their stay, an appropriate safe placement recommendation is made which may include reunification with family, foster parent, or identification of what level of group care the youth could be successful in.