Who Do We Help?
Please read this page and learn about the criteria we have for accepting children into our program. If we can help you, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
MSCH may accept children who fulfill the Intake Criteria for Placement below.
Children may come from abusive environments where they experienced neglect or trauma. Children may be challenged with Attention Deficit Disorder (or Hyperactivity), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or struggle with mood regulation (Bi-Polar). Children may be showing rebellion towards their parents/guardians through defiant, disrespectful or disobedient behaviors.
Children may be showing poor decisions with their academics by not completing homework, ditching classes, or having multiple suspensions, including expulsion. Our mission is to care for children but keep in mind that at times we have limited bed space.
Private Placement Requirements:
- Private placement is contingent on meeting MSCH general criteria.
- Children and parents/guardians have completed an initial interview.
- Children and family must demonstrate motivation and commitment to following the expectations of the program.
- Parents/guardians support of the MSCH treatment program.
- Parents/guardians openness to a psychiatric evaluation, if needed.
MSCH General Intake Criteria for Placement
The goal of MSCH is to help children to develop into healthy, productive members within their family unit and in society. It is important before placement takes place that you are aware of MSCH placement criteria, including certain behaviors that are inappropriate for our programs. Each situation presented will be evaluated on an individual basis for consideration of placement.
Populations MSCH will serve or consider include:
- Children typically between the ages of 11–17
- Children with the following diagnoses may be considered:
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Mild Attachment issues
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Children with minor delinquency issues
- School Issues
- The level of rebellion of a child within the family including disrespect, defiance, disobedience of household rules and parental authority
- Children who have been subject to neglect and abuse
Populations that are NOT appropriate for our programs include:
- Children charged with violent crimes against another person or crimes involving a weapon. Crimes include but are not limited to charges such as assault with a deadly weapon, murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and vehicular assault or homicide.
- Sexually offending children who have an open investigation or case with the Department of Social Services/Judicial system or where an investigation has confirmed the sexual perpetration allegations with a confirmed substantiated child and who have not had Sex Offender Specific Treatment.
- Multiple charges/incidents related to fire starting/arson in which the child has not received treatment or has engaged in fire starting in the past three years.
- Active reported and legal documentation of current gang involvement. Children in a leadership role within a gang and have no desire to change behaviors.
- Children who have demonstrated active suicidal (within 24-72 hours) tendencies or homicidal plans and intent.
- Children with any untreated infectious and contagious diseases.
- Runaway and/or homeless children without parent(s)/guardian(s) authorization/consent for placement.
- Children with drug/alcohol addiction
- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Children with low IQ or developmental issues
- Severe attachment disorder issues (Reactive Attachment Disorder)
Steps of the Intake Process
- Fill out MSCH Inquiry below
- Pre-interview with therapeutic counseling staff
- Interview with therapeutic team
- Placement (Out-of-state placements may take longer)
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
The simplest and most common way to make a gift to Mountain States Children’s Home is by giving a monetary gift. Not only are these gifts the simplest, but they are also among the most important. You may want to specify which project you would like to support, or your gift can be undesignated.
Don’t have funds to give financially but still want to support the work of MSCH?
There are many other ways you can play a part in impacting these children’s lives.