Lighthouse is a six-bed, long-term residential program for girls ages 12-18 (many of whom are in custody of the State of Alaska) with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. These youth are often returning to Alaska following placement in an out-of-state residential treatment facility. Lighthouse also prevents youth from being placed in out-of-state care or in a juvenile correctional facility. Residents at Lighthouse receive individual, group, and family counseling, along with skill building and educational programming according to their individual treatment plans.
Lighthouse is a program for girls who have a history of multiple behavioral problems complicated by issues such as fetal alcoholism spectrum disorders (FASD), substance abuse, and histories of abuse and neglect. Many may have post-traumatic stress disorders and histories of aggression towards self and others. Lighthouse uses a client-centered treatment model emphasizing cultural/family values clarification and focuses on a strength-based approach. Treatment is designed to promote resiliency, encourage motivation for recovery/sobriety, and healthy patterns of coping and decision making. The program takes an individualized approach to treatment, focusing on the needs of each resident and her family.
Residents of Lighthouse also attend school at the JYS Montana Creek campus in an integrated, therapeutic co-ed classroom. Special Educations and ESL services are available. Attendance in a mainstream school system is also encouraged as part of the discharge process.
- Care level : IV
- Age Range : 12-18 years
- Gender(s) : Girls only
- Beds : 6
- Staff to Client Ratio: 1:3
- Length of stay : 9-12 months