ERIC Number: ED302791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-5
Reference Count: N/A
Program Description for the Phoenix Reception and Assessment Center.
Datema, Thea; And Others
Phoenix Reception and Assessment Center (PRAC) is a non-secure detention and assessment center for up to 15 Wayne County delinquent, adolescent males who have been committed to the Michigan Department of Social Services for care, treatment and supervision. Adolescents, ages 12 through 18, are eligible for placement at Phoenix according to the following admission priorities: (1) top priority is given to newly committed juveniles with an open custody level allowing non-secure, supervised community access; (2) second priority is given to post-commitment juveniles; and (3) neglect/abuse wards may be placed only in open programs unless the youth is charged with a criminal offense. PRAC incorporates a youth advocate program which includes a peer group process, a token economy, individual contracting, a Youth Discipline Policy, and daily time structuring. Residents are provided with clear standards of behavior in the form of target behaviors which include rules and consequences. Residents are divided into groups which meet together and members are challenged to develop plans to assist one another in behaving responsibly and constructively. While verbal efforts to calm and de-escalate residents are employed and the use of physical intervention and restraint are avoided whenever possible, temporary physical restraint is used to protect people and property when a resident's behavior is out of control. PRAC provides individualized education on the premises and includes assessment and an appropriate type of treatment placement. Residents are successfully released from the program when they are moved to an ongoing treatment agency. Upon release, a discharge report is completed by PRAC staff, summarizing the assessment of the resident and the services provided. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Social Services, Detroit.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Children's Center Conference (9th, Detroit, MI, May 5, 1988).