Residential Group Homes for Children

Our Residential Group Care programs are highly supportive, individualized and flexible. We provide residential group homes for children where treatment services occur in home-like settings. Dedicated professionals, guardians, community members, and school personnel are all involved in the program.

Children in our residential group homes are expected to attend school and participate in suitable recreational and social activities. Our Specialized Therapeutic Group Care (Libra Program) is designed to give children the help and support that they need to achieve success.

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Residential Group Care Treatment Philosophy

Our treatment philosophy is based on a resiliency model in conjunction with a Trauma Informed Care clinical approach. Our staff members are highly trained to focus on children’s strengths and create a positive peer culture that will help each child develop increased confidence and independence. Our behavior management system and environment reinforce positive change and promote leadership skills, all while providing a safe setting to learn and develop new coping techniques and behaviors.

We work with each child in our residential group homes toward:

  • Improving overall emotional well-being
  • Increasing their ability to manage and engage in the community
  • Increasing the likelihood of a successful transition to family or a less restrictive setting
  • Increasing their capacity for independent living

Clinical Services Provided in Our Residential Group Homes

As part of our Residential Group Care programs, we provide a variety of clinical services for the children to help them achieve success. These services include:

  • Psychiatric, nursing, case management, independent living, therapeutic supervision and direct clinical interventions
  • Implementation of a strength-based, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approach to treatment planning
  • Development and assessment of safety planning
  • Assessment and referral services for substance abuse- specific treatment needs
  • Oversight and monitoring of family visitation services
  • Provision of treatment modalities that include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy and/or sibling therapy

About Therapy

Our therapists function as environment therapists to provide natural setting feedback and guidance to our direct care staff in support of each resident’s daily goals. They also provide regular conflict resolution and crisis management support, with a specialized treatment focus on the following areas:

  • Grief and loss
  • Separation issues
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma history (victim/perpetrator)
  • Social skills building
  • Anger management
  • Coping skills
  • Delinquency behaviors
  • Empathy skills building

HomeSafe operates five Specialized Therapeutic Group Care (STGC) homes, comprised of 44 beds for children and adolescents (ages 7 through 17) suffering from moderate to severe emotional diagnoses. Group care services are offered in intensive community-based licensed residences. These services are appropriate for children requiring more intensive community-based treatment or for those ready to “step down” from more restrictive residential treatment programs.

Services are designed to provide a therapeutic framework of daily living. The goal of STGC is to maximize strengths and reduce behavior problems, or functional deficits, stemming from mental health disorders interfering with the child’s personal, family, educational, vocational, or
community adjustment. Treatment selection and focus of interventions are based upon each child’s primary diagnosis and level of functioning. These services generally include psychiatric and clinical services, therapeutic supervision, and teaching problem-solving and independent living skills, behavioral strategies, age-appropriate activities, and other authorized treatment approaches.

Residents are encouraged to act as mentors and role models to younger peers entering the program. Services generally cover a period of up to 12 months

Eligibility criteria include:

  • children/adolescents ages 7-17 with an ICD-9-CM diagnosis and functional/behavioral problems not related to cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • medicaid eligibility
  • children who have reached a maximum benefit from a more restrictive setting or who have tried and been unsuccessful in a less restrictive setting
  • having been enrolled in an SED or EH educational program or scored 50 or below in the Axis V: Globe Assessment of Functioning Scale within the last 6 months
  • suitability Assessment by a Qualified Evaluator and an Authorization for Therapeutic Group Care (for dependent children only)


For further information, contact:

Cynthia (Cindi) Grazioso, LMHC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Director
Phone (561) 383-9800 x 1110


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