Cumberland’s Residential Services Program provides a specialized medical milieu for adolescents who do not need hospitalization. These young people require daily structure and interventions to address behavioral and emotional issues that prevent successful medical self-care. They also need nursing services for their medical conditions.
Cumberland’s Residential Services Program is designed for adolescents who have a chronic illness, brain injury or neurological impairment. Their behavioral and emotional problems interfere with their ability to function well at school or at home. Residents need supervision for medical compliance and a structured environment to address behavioral, emotional and control issues. Residents are treated with respect, are given choices and their inappropriate behaviors are redirected.
With consistent interventions, residents begin to internalize positive behaviors, which then become habitual. They gradually require less external structure and should be able to live in environments with less supervision after discharge. The program can accommodate 16 residents and accepts young people with IQs of 55 or greater.
Using the interdisciplinary treatment team approach, Cumberland’s clinical assessment and treatment is managed by a child psychiatrist and behavioral/developmental pediatrician. Consultations from specialists are available when needed. In addition to these experts, the core treatment team includes a psychotherapist, case manager, teacher, recreational specialist, behavioral counselors and nurses. Cumberland’s speech/language pathologists and physical and occupational therapists are part of the treatment team when medically appropriate. Residents with neurological involvement also are treated by a physician. Each resident’s Master Treatment Plan takes into account that adolescent’s unique, specialized needs. Cumberland’s highly-trained staff members are specialists in pediatric development.
The admission criteria for Residential Services include:
- Ages: 13-22 years of age
- Diagnosis: Chronic medical illness, brain injury or neurological disorders, co-occurring with behavioral diagnosis
- IQ: 55 and higher
- Able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) independently, requiring verbal cues or minimal physical assistance (reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
- Able to maneuver in environment
- Able to communicate verbally or independently with augmentative device
- Requires only minimal rehabilitative services
- Requires moderate level of nursing services
- May have an education or learning disability and emotional disturbance or other health impairment
- Able to participate daily in 5.5 hours of school
Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be appropriate for other programs offered by Cumberland.