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Community Care Resources, Inc. has been providing Treatment Foster Care for over 25 years and accepts referrals from any of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. We serve youth from birth to age 18 with a broad array of needs including, but not limited to, mental health disorders, behavioral issues, and medical needs. Our mission is to provide a stable and normalizing family environment as a foundation for children and adolescents to receive the necessary mental health, medical and educational services to become more stable, adaptive and emotionally healthy. Our trauma informed services include intensive case management and weekly personal visits by a Master’s level Clinical Case Manager, care and supervision provided by skilled and committed treatment foster families, and individualized treatment planning and service delivery. 

Specialized Group Care (SGC) is a three- to four-bed hybrid model of foster care that incorporates the benefits of both Treatment Foster Care and Group Home Care and serves a specific target population of youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues. These homes offer the programming and structure of a group home setting, with the advantage of a “family like” environment of a foster home, and provide an affordable alternative to residential placement as well as an aftercare transition resource following placement in a residential facility. The SGC model provides intense trauma focused services to youth in a small group, community-based, family-oriented environment that is normalizing and least restrictive. In addition, youth placed in these homes are the primary focus of the foster parents’ time and attention, as the model requires that there be no biological children residing in the home. The SGC Program includes the following components, which are interchangeable depending on the population served in each home:

  • Individual, Group and Family Therapy
  • Trauma focused interventions such as PRAC Skills (Psychoeducation, Relaxation, Affect Regulation, and Coping)
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Recreational Skills
  • Level System/Point System
  • Community Service
  • Life Skills Training
  • Educational Groups:  Sexuality, AODA, Social Skills, Anger Management, Thinking Errors

The S.T.O.P. Juvenile Sexual Offender program was developed in 1998 and adheres to the principles endorsed in the Prosocial Collaborative model to provide clients with effective specialized treatment that promotes positive outcomes. S.T.O.P. uses an evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment approach in an intensive weekly program that includes individual, group and family therapy components. S.T.O.P. provides individualized outpatient treatment for both male and female youth who display problematic sexual behaviors and emphasizes a team approach in addressing each youth’s individual treatment goals.

S.T.O.P. also provides treatment to youth who have sexual victimization issues, as well as Family Psycho-education Therapy and Sibling Reparative/Family Reunification Therapy. Family Psycho-education Therapy focuses on educating the parents about supervising youth that have sexually acted out and about factors that typically lead to sexual acting out behavior. Parents participate in sessions whereby the youth present their disclosure statements, cycle of abuse, victim empathy exercises and relapse prevention/healthy lifestyle plan and gain an understanding of the youth’s offenses as well as the specific “triggers” that led to the youth’s sexual acting out pattern.

S.T.O.P. provides Psychosexual Assessments as well for both male and female youth that include a comprehensive assessment of the youth’s risk for sexual recidivism. The assessment process employs research-based tools such as the J-SOAP-II (Juvenile Sexual Offender Assessment Protocol, Prentky et al, 2000) and the ERASOR (Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism, Worling and Curwen, 2001), in addition to information gleaned from the clinical interview. Issues addressed in the Psychosexual Assessment include all of the following:

  • Psychological functioning / mental health history of the youth
  • Information regarding a youth’s sexual history, values, and beliefs
  • Developmental history of the youth
  • Information regarding a youth’s psychosocial and characterological development
  • Youth’s view of family/environmental circumstances
  • Dynamics of the sexual offense
  • Recommendations regarding risk factors, treatment, placement, and supervision, including recommendations regarding reunification of siblings in situations of interfamilial sexual abuse

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach for youth with post-traumatic distress symptoms. Since 2011, Community Care Resources has been utilizing a Trauma informed approach and has offered trauma informed services for every youth placed with our agency. Cohen, Berliner & Mannarino (2010) reviewed the successful use of TF-CBT in treating traumatized youth who showed marked behavior and emotional dysregulation. Therapeutic effects can be measured in terms of reduced PTSD symptoms, reduced frequency and intensity of behavior problems and an increase in the ability to notice, prevent and reduce emotional distress.  One expectation is that youth will be able to tolerate frustration and distress without losing control over their emotions or behaviors.  Previous studies have shown a reduction in symptoms such as physical aggression, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behavior, disturbing nightmares, or sleep problems and repetitive cycles of negative behavior.

Community Care Resources ensures that every youth receives a comprehensive trauma assessment within 30 days of placement in our treatment foster care program. If a criterion for PTSD is met, the youth will be referred for TF-CBT with an “in-house” therapist through Community Care Programs or to a qualified therapist in the community. Depending upon availability and location, Community Care Resources, Inc. also offers TF-CBT on an outpatient basis for youth not placed in our treatment foster care program.

Community Care Resources, Inc. provides the on-site services of a Licensed Child Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Donna A. Rifken. Dr. Rifken provides psychological evaluations for youth placed in our treatment foster care program as well as those referred externally, and tailors her evaluations to the specific and timely needs of the youth’s treatment team. She also provides ‘just in time’ consultation for crises, pre-placement planning and placement adjustment issues.

In addition to psychological evaluations and consultation, Dr. Rifken provides Parenting Assessments for teen parents and their children, using a multi-dimensional assessment tool specifically developed for young parents in crisis. This tool includes information from direct observation and from historical and collateral sources. Parenting Assessments can be requested by our county and community partners. Lastly, Dr. Rifken can also provide Family Care and Guardianship evaluations for youth who are aging out of the foster care system.

If you have any questions or would like more information, send us a message or give us a call at 608.827.7100

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