Behavioral Misconduct Treatment

At Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems we believe all individuals have areas of strength on which future success can be built and that change is possible. We believe all individuals have within them the potential to change and become a positive contributor to society. We also believe our program can offer a safe and therapeutic environment where learning and change can occur through:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Increasing coping strategies
  • Building communication skills
  • Enhancing empathy
  • And overall engaging in healthy behaviors.

Through our various programs consisting of treatment phases and level system, residents are able to address traumatic events, stress, depression, attachment issues and a myriad of other problems to develop new skills and ways of coping and prepare to discharge.

In our residential treatment setting, Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems provides 24-hour supervision for teen males between the ages of 13-17 on our behavior misconduct milieus. The youth in our program have a various psychiatric issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, reactive attachment, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant, depression or other problems areas that have resulted in the patient dismissal from other out-patient services or other treatment facilities.

Through our treatment program, each patient has an individual treatment plan, which is based on history and evaluations given during the admission process to help diagnose problem areas. Each of our residents receives individual, family, and group therapy, which also include medication management. Patients also receive educational services through our own on-campus school with teachers who are special education certified. Residents receive recreational therapy where they learn skills needed for daily living and enjoyment.

Our program consists of a variety of groups conducted by staff members, patients or licensed clinicians. Staff members provide psycho educational groups from social skills to healthy relationships and building communication skills. Licensed clinicians provide groups for anger management, substance abuse, victim empathy and sexual misconduct. The patients participate in a peer-ran group in conjunction with the administrative team, called the Patient Safety Patrol Committee, where patients set hospital-wide goals that help keep the facility safe.

The Behavioral Misconduct Treatment program is comprised of three distinct phases in treatment:

  • Red Phase – patients learn certain concepts and terminology in preparing them to understand how these thinking errors and denials played a role in their own offending/behavior problems
  • Yellow Phase – designed to help the patient understand how they used these concepts in their own lives and increasing personal disclosure.
  • Green Phase helps patients take accountability for what they have done in order to make better choices for their future.

The phase work incorporates elements from the Trauma Informed Care Model and pulls from the stages of Change Model (SCM). The idea behind the SCM is that behavior change does not happen in one step. Rather, people tend to progress through different stages on their way to successful change. Also, each of us progresses through the stages at their own rate. Each person must decide for himself when a stage is completed and when it is time to move on to the next stage.

Our three adolescent male behavior programs are named Atlantis, Apollo and Columbia. These programs are geared towards providing a safe and therapeutic environment, which promotes change through the building of new social and interactive skills. These surroundings are designed to work with individuals with consideration of their ages, symptomology and cognitive abilities. The unit names were assigned to help capture the struggles and success, which the space program has endured over the years as well as goals for future exploration.

Through our level system, residents learn to respect others along with themselves as they learn to build on their own individual strengths and competencies to prepare for discharge and plan for the future. All programs feature a multi-level behavior program that promotes appropriate interactions and skill building in dealing with situations our residents find frustrating. Below outlines each program with a description of what each patient should expect:

Atlantis Program

  • The Atlantis Program serves males between the ages of 13-17 who have aggressive behavior problems that stem from diverse psychiatric issues such as victim of abuse, substance abuse, mood disorders, Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

Apollo Program

  • The Apollo program offers a safe, therapeutic environment for adolescent males between the ages of 13-17 who have behavior problems that stem from diverse psychiatric issues such as victim of abuse, substance abuse, mood disorders, Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Some of these residents may also be diagnosed with disorders that affect cognitive or psychosocial development.

Columbia Program

  • The Columbia program offers a safe, therapeutic environment for adolescent males between the ages of 13-17 who have behavior problems that stem from diverse psychiatric issues such as victim of abuse, substance abuse, mood disorders, Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Most of these residents have a diagnosis that affects cognitive or psychosocial development.
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