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ABOUT HOPE TEEN CHALLENGE
Teen Challenge is a network of Christian-based treatment facilities that provide comprehensive programming for adolescents, as well as adults, struggling with chemical dependency. One of over 200 U.S. facilities operated by the organization, Hope Teen Challenge provides one of the state's 542 (64.4 percent) gender-specific, faith-based residential program for women (ages 17 and older) struggling with substance abuse disorders. Teen Challenge of Brooklyn offers a residential program for both adult men and women. Located in Vestal, N.Y., situated along the Pennsylvania border, Hope Teen Challenge may facilitate a social detoxification phase of treatment if necessary.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
After an initial phone interview, students (as the facility refers to clients) may participate in an on-site needs assessment to help clinicians form an individualized plan of care. As a Christian-based recovery program, Hope Teen Challenge is founded on Christian principles and practices. Along with its faith-based treatment, students also receive job skills training and education to assist them in developing new patterns of thinking and behaving.
Hope Teen Challenge's long-term residential program, from intake to graduation, lasts 18 months, and is divided into three six-month phases. During the first phase of the residential program (Induction), students focus on developing spiritually though Bible-based teachings, responsible living, and treating others with respect. According to the facility's website, the first phase of the residential program is also when "character issues are addressed, job skills are taught and remedial education is provided." During this phase, students may enroll into G.E.D. preparedness classes and remedial educational classes.
After successfully completing the Induction phase, the student transitions into the Training phase. During this six-month phase, Hope Teen Challenge introduces a work-therapy component into programming. Students may be required to complete tasks relating to cooking, cleaning, grounds keeping, full-color printing and bookbinding, graphic arts, and office work. After 11 months in the program, students may also enroll in school with staff approval.
During phase 3 of the residential program (Re-entry), students continue to reside on-campus and continue programming while receiving specialized job training and/or begin employment through a controlled work program. During the Re-entry phase of treatment, students are able to save money to finance their transition back into the community.
Although each phase focuses on different stages of recovery, students continue to participate in Hope Teen Challenge's schedule of programming. In a typical day, students may attend 12-step meetings within the community, perform charity work, attend worship services, as well as attend devotionals and Bible study classes. Students are also required to participate in daily exercise sessions.
Upon graduation from the residential program, students have the option to transition into Hope Teen Challenge's Extended Training program. Lasting between 12 and 24 months, the program prepares students for general ministry or Teen Challenge Ministry. Through course material provided by the Berean Bible College of the Assemblies of God, students obtain credentials specific for employment with Teen Challenge Ministries.
Teen Challenge programs do not typically employ licensed addiction or mental health counselors. Hope Teen Challenge's staff is directed by a reverend, who also serves as the executive director, a site director, and an education director. Many staff members of Teen Challenge facilities are graduates from the program. The single alum surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided a three-star rating out of five for the center staff's level of support.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Hope Teen Challenge's facility is a 14,000 sq.ft. building set on three acres in a quiet residential community. There is also a 7,000 sq. ft. activities building on-campus. Although students do not sleep in private bedrooms, the facility's website describes living quarters as "spacious." With approval, children may be allowed to stay with their mothers overnight on occasion. The sole alum polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, C.S., gave a perfect five out of five-star rating for the facility's cleanliness and upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alum C.S. praised some aspects of the facility, though felt other areas could improve. Out of five stars, the survey respondent gave perfect five-star ratings for the facility's lead counselors, the effectiveness of group counseling sessions, and the ability of the facility to resolve conflict. However, C.S. offered more moderate three-star rating for the facility's staff support and a one-star rating for the inclusion of holistic treatment methods.
There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs. However, Teen Challenge facilities typically offset program costs through revenue gained through the work-therapy component of treatment, fundraising efforts, and private donations.
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