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May 9, 2018
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Assessment & Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long

From: Lindsey Maehlum

Play Write partnership brings creative learning opportunity to Assessment and Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long.

Students receiving instruction at the Assessment and Evaluation Program have a creative learning opportunity thanks to lead teacher Patty Coble and community partner PlayWrite. PlayWrite is a theatre-based program that seeks to build resilience, creativity, and success. Patty worked with PlayWrite to secure their ability to provide a rigorous and engaging writing experience to students.

The Assessment and Evaluation Program is a voluntary short-term residential program that provides temporary structure, stabilization and treatment readiness for youth who require a staff-secured, out-of-home placement.

The goal for this program is to provide a safe place where youth can quickly enter and begin receiving services while those working with the youth and family can make longer term plans for the youth. 

Participants receive a comprehensive assessment administered by a licensed mental health professional, as well as a service plan—specifics for how the program will address the youth's issues—developed by the mental health consultant, parent (guardian) and the youth.

Additional assessments (alcohol and drug, psychological, psychiatric, psychosexual) may be provided as indicated. 

The core philosophy of the program is to provide holistic, trauma-informed, client- and family-focused services for young people and their families, engaging youth in an array of services with consideration given to their developmental levels, gender needs, cultural background, community support, parental involvement, and other social support. 

The program follows best practices for trauma-informed care and emphasizes strength-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Services also include individual and group counseling in a culturally-responsive environment, skill training, and parent training.
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