Young Adult Program
Young Adult Program
Young adults admitted into our residential programs are individuals experiencing chronic mental health disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. Some are dually diagnosed. Axis I diagnoses frequently admitted include organic mental disorders, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, bipolar, and mood disorders. Axis II diagnoses may include mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
The treatment philosophy is primarily directed toward increasing independent functioning with a productive work base. Programming is multi-tiered and allows individuals to enter at a level commensurate with their needs and to progress as skills are acquired. At the time of admission, a comprehensive assessment is completed. Utilizing these assessment results, the interdisciplinary team develops an Individual Service Plan. The individual and their family will be active participants in the development of the Individual Service Plan.
Individuals acquire skills to seek and keep a job, and intermediate daily living skills, such as home management, money management, leisure skills, meal preparation, and use of community services. Individuals are encouraged to exercise increasing levels of self-direction in areas of work, leisure activities, and interpersonal relationships.
In keeping with the principle of normalization, young-adult programming involves a pattern and duration of work and training times, mealtimes, and waking and sleeping hours which follow as closely as possible the rhythm of life in the community.
Education is provided on campus and includes both educational and pre-vocational programs for students. The program includes grades K-12, serving an emotionally disturbed population of children and young adults, ages 6 -21.
The Director of Clinical Affairs and the consulting Education Program Administrator supervise the educational program. The Vocational Coordinator supervises the pre-vocational programs. Staffing for the department includes: Certified Special Education Teachers, Teacher Aide’s, Paraprofessionals, Behavior Manager, Work Trainers, and consulting Speech Pathologist and Educational Diagnostician. The Devereux School is approved and accredited by the Texas Education Agency for grades K-12. All teachers are certified to teach Special Education in the state of Texas. Teachers have been trained to work with students who have emotional and/or learning difficulties. Teachers complete Devereux’s annual training requirements and attend in-service for continuing education, which are applicable to their instructional areas. In addition to Devereux’s required in-service, teachers complete a state-mandatory 150 hours of continuing education every 5 years.
The supportive environment made available by Devereux provides 24-hour, skilled assistance by a variety of staff, including work trainers, special education instructors, nurses, and direct care professionals. The primary focus of the program is to offer, in keeping with the philosophies of least restrictive alternatives and normalization, active support to facilitate personal growth and maximize independence and self-fulfillment for each individual. These individuals may have co-existing health and/or sensorimotor difficulties. Individuals may need assistance with medications, supervision of self-medication, or administration of medications. They may exhibit symptoms of emotional disturbance and occasionally require personal restraints, but they may not be actively dangerous to self or others.
There are a total of 5 separate living units: Fortner Villa, Ranch Oaks, Constant, Anderson North and Anderson South. Clients are placed in units based on their diagnosis, age and program needs. The living unit is a multi-level home with accommodations ranging from four single rooms on one wing to four double rooms on the remaining three wings. Each wing provides resident bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a fully equipped TV/Day room for recreation and leisure. A large community kitchen, dining room and living room provides space for small or large group activities. Facilities are available where residents are taught or assisted in completing laundry routines. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is set-aside for special enrichment activities with an educational and recreational focus. Outside activities are scheduled on a multipurpose deck behind the home. This area is furnished as a large patio suitable for barbecues, parties and individual leisure activities.