Residential Treatment FAQ
Who do we serve?
Wedgwood offers residential treatment for youth who are currently coping with the effects of:
- Trauma: physical, emotional or sexual abuse; neglect; troubled family relationships; adoption issues; attachment issues.
- Behavior problems: conduct disorders; impulsivity; sexual boundary issues; adjustment disorders; delinquency; substance abuse.
- Organically based or mental health issues: hyperactivity; attention deficit; learning disabilities; depression; affective disorders; mood disorders.
- Developmental Disabilities: autism spectrum disorders; mental retardation; genetic disorders; traumatic brain injury; complex developmental disorder.
What are the ages of the children we serve?
We have one young boys’ residential program that serves ages 8 to 12 year olds. All other programs start around the age of 12 through the age of 17 for both boys and girls. Some exceptions can be considered.
How does a youth get referred?
Youth typically get referred through a referring agency. Please call our Admissions Department at 616.942.2110 for more information. If it is determined that a youth may be eligible, referral material can be sent or faxed to the Admissions Department. Our admissions staff is very knowledgeable about payment sources for our various programs and is happy to answer all questions.
How is treatment paid for?
Wedgwood accepts payment from a wide variety of sources. Among these are the Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health, Juvenile Courts, and Michigan Adoption Subsidy. Insurance companies rarely cover the costs of residential treatment but frequently will cover the costs of outpatient counseling. Wedgwood is not JCAHO accredited. Make sure your insurance company knows this.
What services are provided?
Residents receive 24-hour care and supervision from highly-trained direct care staff. A carefully-designed program of milieu therapy promotes development of positive social interaction and trusting relationships with adult authority figures. Also included are family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, Independent Living skills classes, psychiatric consultation services, educational services, employment training, activity therapy, Chaplaincy services, and medical services.
How is education addressed?
Residents who reside in Wedgwood’s secure programs will attend school on campus. Education services are provided by Lighthouse Academy in either the secure building where the youth is living or in the Lighthouse Academy school building located on Wedgwood’s campus. Some youth are able to attend community school when they are further along in treatment. Youth who live in the community-based group home will attend community schools. Youth with developmental disabilities will attend specialized community schools. If a youth is to have a short-term stay (approximately 30 days or less), parents will be requested to get schoolwork from their child’s school. Academic assistance will be available for youth who cannot attend school.
What can residents bring?
Residents wear their own clothing and can bring some personal belongings. A list of suggested items will be sent prior to the date of admission.
How long are residents at Wedgwood?
Placements can be made anywhere from 30 days to one year depending on the needs of the resident and funding resources.
Am I allowed visitation?
Phone contacts, letters, and visitation between the youth and family, friends, and workers are encouraged. A list of approved contact people will be developed with the referring agency worker, therapist, and family. As treatment progresses, home visits can be arranged.
Is Wedgwood affiliated with a particular church or denomination?
Wedgwood Christian Services is a non-denominational Christ-centered ministry. We serve youth of all faiths. Our statement of faith is located at the bottom of our About page, which you can access by clicking HERE.