Female Intellectual Disability Program

For Females (ages 13 – 18 at time of admission)

Our Horizon’s is designed for girls who are dually diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder(s) and an intellectual/developmental disability. The purpose of this program is to provide stabilization for adolescents who are exhibiting significant problems with under-socialization, oppositional behaviors which may include a moderate amount of aggression, emotional struggles and who require constant supervision twenty-four hours a day. Treatment plans focus on the reinforcement of concrete positive behaviors and then substituting these behaviors for problematic and self-defeating behaviors.

Horizon’s serves females (with IQ of 55-69), with a psychiatric disorder that requires a more intensive level of care. *Referrals for 11 and 12yr olds will be considered based on individual treatment needs and the ability to adequately serve those needs.

Disorders include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression with psychotic features
  • Mood disorders
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)

Treatment Services for this population:

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Psychiatric services (includes medication management)
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Clinical group therapy
  • Trauma-sensitive behavior modification
  • Recreation therapy
  • Psycho-educational groups (example: social skills building, anger/stress management, feelings and behaviors¸ female identity, effective coping and problem-solving and team building)
  • Other treatment modalities may be applied when deemed appropriate.

Specialized Area of Treatment

Trauma-Sensitive Behavior Modification – The program emphasizes the impact of trauma on the behavior of females with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Staff works with the residents to provide repetitive instruction, positive behavior substitution and diversion techniques to replace negative behavior.