Starr Commonwealth and the kids of Detroit share a long history; in fact, 40 percent of the youth in Starr’s residential treatment programs in Albion have traditionally come from the Detroit area. But in 1987 the question was, “How can we keep these kids from falling through the cracks when they return home to the streets of Detroit?”
The answer was Starr Detroit, and a handful of community-based programs designed to help kids transition back into the community.
Starr Life Skills (SIL)
Supervised Independent Living is a service provided to children between the ages of 16-20 under a contract with the Department of Human Services. The goal is to help children make the transition to independence which includes addressing the areas of education, employment, and housing. All SIL students must live in non-residential, community-based placement approved by the referring CMO or FIA representative.
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Foster Care is for children between the ages of 0-18 who have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. Whether children are temporary or permanent wards of the state, county or court, placement counselors make sure children have secure places with caring foster parents.
The end goal is to reunite families whenever possible, but if not, Starr supervises children through to permanent placement. The key to success is doing more than placement. Starr works with families to change values, and works with kids to repair the damages from abuse and neglect.
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New Boundaries (RTRS)
New Boundaries Residential Transition Reintegration Support is a non-secure program for 12-18 year-old adjudicated males. The program provides intensive therapy to address committing offense, victim empathy and problem solving skills.
This strength-based, peer-group program helps young people address their offenses. Skilled counselors work with them to acquire rewarding life skills, an understanding of their emotions, and the ability to build more positive social relationships.
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Alternatives, Substance Abuse
This program is designed to meet the social, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of boys between the ages of 12 – 18 years of age who present substance abuse issues in their homes, schools and community. Youth placed in the residential substance abuse program have experienced court involvement, are adjudicated delinquents, and require a higher level of structure and security than most community-based programs can adequately provide. Our community-based substance abuse program provides intensive therapy to address the committing offense, victim therapy, problem solving and substance abuse issues.
The primary goal of treatment is to help the youth address issues related to their substance abuse by building upon and redirecting their strengths into constructive behaviors, to learn how to cope successfully with life’s challenges, to be responsible for their actions and to successfully re-enter or remain in their homes, schools and communities.
Alternatives offers traditional group, family and individual counseling along with the ability to directly link youth successfully completing the residential phase of treatment with the community-based equivalent upon return to the community.
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Youth Assistance Program (YAP)
The Youth Assistance Program will embody an exciting paradigm that dares to imagine and create new possibilities for our youth to help them build their confidence, self-esteem and academic performance. Additionally, we will help youth better understand negative peer interactions, social issues, family issues, pressure to engage in premature sexual activity, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, truancy from school and/or home, domestic violence and other violent behaviors.
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22400 W 7 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48219
Toll Free: 877.794.4447