Sexual Misconduct Treatment

At Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems we believe all individuals already have areas of strength on which future success can be built and that change is possible. We also believe all individuals have within them the potential to change and become a positive contributor to society. Our staff strives to use interventions and provide tools appropriate for the stage of change for each individual that enters our facility.

Our programs 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 of treatment and level systems, 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 in preparation for discharge and their future lives.

In our residential treatment setting, Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems provides 24-hour supervision for adolescent males with sexualized behavior and most are adjudicated for sexual offenses. Three of our four sexual misconduct milieus work with teens ages 13-17 while our young adult sexual misconduct milieu works with residents ages 18-20. The youth in our program have a myriad of psychiatric issues such as:

  • Impulse control
  • Sexual abuse of child
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Reactive attachment
  • Depression
  • Or other problems areas that have resulted in the patient failing out-patient services or other treatment facilities.

Through our treatment program, each patient has an individual plan that 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 include medication management. They also receive educational services through our own on campus school with teachers who are special education certified – which includes implementing Individual Education Plans.

Our programs consist of a variety of groups conducted by staff members, patients or licensed clinicians. Staff members provide psycho educational groups ranging 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 and its patients safe.

The Sexual Misconduct Treatment program is comprised of four distinct phases in treatment. The phases have unique names, which reinforce the Space Shuttle metaphor and the concept that the patient will be engaging on a new but rewarding journey in his life. The phases are: Preflight, Begin Mission, Lunar Landing and Return to Earth.

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. 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 our 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. This decision must come from the inside, as long-term change cannot be externally imposed.

Our teen male sexual behavior programs, outlined below, provide a safe and therapeutic environment, which promotes change through the building of new skills to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Gemini and Orion Program

The Gemini and Orion Programs are juvenile sexual misconduct specific programs designed to meet the needs of adolescent males ages 13-18 with a DSM-5 primary diagnosis of sexual abuse of a child or other sexual behavior problems. This program also treats other mental health issues such as:

  • Victim of abuse
  • Impulse control
  • Substance abuse
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • And other psychiatric disorders.

The Gemini residents are typically from ages 13-16 while the Orion residents are ages 16-18. 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. The primary goal of the Gemini and Orion programs is to help the individual gain control over their sexually abusive behavior and to increase their pro-social interactions with peers and adults to prevent further victimization, develop age-appropriate relationships and halt the development of additional psychosexual maladaptive behaviors.

Enterprise Program

The Enterprise program offers a safe, therapeutic juvenile sexual misconduct specific program designed to meet the needs of developmentally challenged adolescent males ages 13-17 with a DSM-5 primary diagnosis of sexual abuse of a child or other sexual behavioral problems. This program also treats other mental health issues such as victim of abuse, impulse control and substance abuse. Also, the program helps treat Posttraumatic stress disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

The design of this unit utilizes a higher level of intensive therapeutic services to address chronic issues and acute symptoms associated with the psychiatric diagnosis. These residents have a diagnosis that affects cognitive or psychosocial development and it has a higher staff to patient ratio. Rather than five behavior levels, this unit has only three and accommodations are made for the patients’ cognitive level. Through our level system, residents learn to respect others along with themselves while learning to build on their own individual strengths and competencies. Our level system’s main goal is to prepare each patient for discharge and plan for the future.

Discovery Program

The Discovery program offers a safe, therapeutic young adult sexual misconduct specific program designed to meet the needs of young adult males ages 18 -20 with a DSM-5 diagnosis of sexual abuse of a child or other sexual behavioral problems. This program also treats other mental health issues such as victim of abuse, impulse control and substance abuse. Also the program helps treat, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

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 for the future. The primary goal of the Discovery Program is to help the individual gain control over their sexually abusive behavior and to increase their pro-social interactions with peers and adults, prevent further victimization, develop age-appropriate relationships, and halt the development of additional psychosexual maladaptive behaviors.

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