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Assessment & Diagnostic Services

I. HISTORY

  • ​Gathering and review of documentation of high risk behaviors including aggression, suicidal ideation and attempts, and self-harming behaviors
  • Clinical interviews of the resident, family members, community support persons with a knowledge of the resident’s past and current behaviors and life events.

II. ASSESSMENT TOOLS

Hallmark Youthcare uses research based assessment tools in evaluating the needs of our residents.

  • Strengths assessment (BERS)
  • Psychological testing (variety of research based tools used by Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
  • Substance abuse/Chemical Dependency assessment (SASSI)
  • Life Skills (Ansell Casey)
  • Recreational Assessment
  • Psychosexual Assessment as needed
  • Nutritional Assessment, if indicated following initial dietary screening

III. EXPERT CLINICAL EVALUATION

Psychiatric evaluation Performed by Board Certified Psychiatrist

  • Health history (Performed by Pediatrician and Registered Nurses)
  • Educational history and assessment (Conducted by Certified Teachers)
  • Recreational Assessment (Conducted by Therapeutic Recreation Specialist).
  • Psychosocial Assessment, (performed by Master’s prepared, licensed or license-eligible Program Therapists) which includes
  • Family and Social History
  • Developmental History
  • Substance Abuse History
  • Previous or current legal issues
  • Clinical formulation (Formulated by Qualified Mental Health Professional and Psychiatrist)
  • Additional collateral information

IV. SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Treatment Team, led by the attending psychiatrist and comprised of the psychologist, clinical therapist, nurse, teacher , treatment team specialist, and activity therapist, review all information and discuss recommendations.
A formal, written, comprehensive summary is provided to the referral source following the completion of all assessments, clinical interviews, and the review and interpretation of information. Recommendations for services required to meet the needs of the youth are provided.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY SERVICES

Good treatment begins with accurate evaluation. We provide:

  • Comprehensive assessment and evaluation by licensed professionals with experience in treating substance abuse and chemical dependency.
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PHILOSOPHY/OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

Teenagers tend to believe they are invincible. The concept of “hitting bottom” is too abstract and remote for most of them. Our Clinical Team has researched evidence-based practices for treating substance abuse in adolescents. The following treatments have been identified by the Virginia Commission on Youth as effective evidence-based 

treatments:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Medication

In addition to employing all of these approaches, Hallmark Youthcare also offers

  • 24 hour support and supervision
  • Personal plan for recovery
  • Group therapy
  • Education on disease and recovery
  • Activities therapy
  • 12 step AA program on site
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Individualized aftercare plan

Who do we serve?

We serve at-risk youth, ages 11-17, and their families. These youth have manifested emotional and behavioral disturbances. Their diagnoses may include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

What kinds of treatment services are offered?

Hallmark Youthcare offers:

- Assessment and Diagnostic Services
- Short and Long-term Residential Services
- Educational Services
- Dual-Diagnosis (Mental Health and Substance abuse/Chemical Dependency) Services
- Treatment for Sexually Acting Out Youth


What kind of educational services are offered?
McAfee Academy is our on-campus school. As an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF), McAfee Academy is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education to offer both regular education and special education services, including those outlined on the Individual Education Plan (IEP). We work with the public schools to ensure that all educational needs are met, including SOLs, and that the youth is smoothly transitioned back into public school.

Do you address substance abuse issues?
Yes. Hallmark Youthcare employs psychiatrists and program therapists with expertise in addiction. We offer specialized individual, family and group therapies for youths with these issues.

Does Hallmark Youthcare offer acute or crisis stabilization services?
No. If you are in need of these services, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. In the event that a resident develops the need for acute care, staff at Hallmark Youthcare work closely with Goochland Emergency Services.

What is the average length of stay for a resident at Hallmark Youthcare?
The length of stay depends upon the needs of the resident. On average, residents require 4-6 months of treatment.

What is The Sanctuary Model?
The Sanctuary Model is an empirically supported trauma-informed model for residential services. Building on the strengths of each child, our program addresses four key areas:

S – Safety: physical, emotional, social, and moral
E – Emotional regulation skills
L – Loss and trauma therapy
F – Future vision and goals for a better life

These four areas are known as the SELF framework. Every aspect of residential care, from community living to therapy, incorporates an emphasis on these areas. Every staff member, including housekeepers, maintenance personnel, and dietary workers as well as administrators, teachers, nurses, therapists and mental health technicians, are trained in this model and seek to support residents in these key areas.

What are the requirements for visitation/family therapy?
Hallmark Youthcare strongly encourages family contact. Regularly scheduled visitation hours are held Saturday and Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Your Program Therapist will adjust visitation to accommodate any difficulties you might have with the regular schedule.

Therapists at Hallmark Youthcare facilitate face-to-face family therapy on a weekly basis. Hallmark believes strongly in working with the families. When a family is unable to participate in person, therapeutic contact between youth and family is supplemented by phone sessions.

In addition, a Family Support Group, led by Program Therapists, is offered on a monthly basis to assist parents and family members in learning to understand and more effectively respond to their youth. We highly recommend participation in this group.

What is the level of interaction between boys and girls in the residential program?
The boy’s units and girl’s units are located on opposite sides of the facility. Boys and girls are not allowed to go into each others living space. All residents are under direct supervision of staff at all times. They participate in school activities and some recreational activities together.

Where is Hallmark Youthcare located?

Hallmark Youthcare is located in a park-like setting at 12800 West Creek Parkway in beautiful Goochland County, Virginia. Our building is a locked, secure residential home for at-risk youth.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?
The staff in our Intake Department are highly knowledgeable and eager to assist you. Please contact them at :

Toll Free: 1-800-966-4782
Local: 804-784-6432
Fax: 804-784-5261

How quick is the referral/admission process?
The process requires information to determine the appropriateness of placement, funding resources, space availability and completion of admission documentation. Our intake department works closely with you to ease and expedite this process.

What insurance is accepted?
Hallmark Youthcare accepts Medicaid and community funding (typically through FAPT, CSA or schools) for residential services. This includes Virginia Medicaid, Maryland Medicaid, and Washington, D.C. Medicaid.

Can a parent refer an adolescent to Hallmark Youthcare?
Yes, though Residential treatment requires independent verification by a physician that the youth meets the medical necessity for the care. Our Intake Department personnel will explain these processes to parents and assist them with admission.

What is FAPT?
(Family Assessment and Planning Team) is a panel of individuals from the community who, with input from the youth and family, assess the strengths and needs of the youth, determine what services are needed, and develop a service plan for the youth and family.

How do I qualify for Medicaid?
Contact your local Department of Social Services/Human Services Department and request an application for Medicaid. Apply as a “Family of One” under the adolescent’s name.
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Emotional management: identifying levels of various...
Loss: feeling grief and dealing with personal losses and...
Future: trying out new roles, ways of relating and behaving as a...
- Programs at Hallmark Youthcare

The Sanctuary Model

All programs at Hallmark Youthcare use the Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The model works to provide a safe, supportive, secure and therapeutic environment to promote healing while building on the strengths of each child.
- Programs at Hallmark Youthcare

The Sanctuary Model

All programs at Hallmark Youthcare use the Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The model works to provide a safe, supportive, secure and therapeutic environment to promote healing while building on the strengths of each child.
Safety: attaining safety in self, relationships, and environment
Emotional management: identifying levels of various emotions and modulating emotion in response to memories, persons, events
Loss: feeling grief and dealing with personal losses and recognizing that all change involves loss
Future: trying out new roles, ways of relating and behaving as a “survivor” to ensure personal safety and help others
TESTIMONIALS

Our Happy Clients

  • "I went here in 2017 and I was on a bad path. It changed my prospective and I myself was very pleased with my outcome. I had a very great therapist and great staff councilors at the time also."
    Hannah Holman
  • "My niece went here and the program was so helpful for her! She had a great therapist and she has made so many changes. I recommend this program to anyone who is having challenges with a child they love!"
    Victoria Bishop-Ofsowitz
  • "I give this 5 stars, not because we never had any issues, but because when we did, they were always addressed and taken care of. My daughter was in a specialized program that really met her needs and her therapist Ali was so involved and hands on and really helped my family and my daughter! We're glad she went here."
    Mary Thompson
Our methodoloy - The Sanctuary model®

a proven approach to safe, supportive, secure & therapeutic healing

All programs at Hallmark Youthcare use the Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The model works to provide a safe, supportive, secure and therapeutic environment to promote healing while building on the strengths of each child.
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Residential Education Program
Activity & Recreational Therapy
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Traumatized children develop strategies for coping- some functional and some dysfunctional. We strive to empower youth and their families to overcome their difficulties and fulfill their potential.
Adolescent Focused (Ages 11-17)
24/7 Psychiatrist & Nursing Coverage
Comprehensive Discharge Planning
Psychoeducation Learning Groups
Accredited Substance Abuse Programs
Nutritional Counseling
Certified Activities Therapy
Individual, Group & Family Therapy
Promotion of Social Interaction
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residential treatment program

Traumatized children develop strategies for coping- some functional and some dysfunctional. We strive to empower youth and their families to overcome their difficulties and fulfill their potential.
Adolescent Focused (Ages 11-17)
24/7 Psychiatrist & Nursing Coverage
Comprehensive Discharge Planning
Psychoeducation Learning Groups
Accredited Substance Abuse Programs
Nutritional Counseling
Certified Activities Therapy
Individual, Group & Family Therapy
Individual, Group & Family Therapy
Promotion of Social Interaction
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