The Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center is dedicated to the treatment and education of children who have significant behavioral difficulties, learning and communication deficits and who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused, neglected or abandoned.
Occupying nine thousand square feet of the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center facility, the Center is a 16 bed residential facility that provides a safe environment of care, treatment, education, growth, and success through a combination of clinical and non-clinical interventions. We believe that every child will benefit from being surrounded by an environment designed to heal, nurture, and teach.
The Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center is licensed by the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide a full range of services to meet the needs of children and families in crisis. Children participate in these programs based on severity of behaviors, treatment needs and length of care that is necessary.
In accordance with the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division licensure, we offer the following treatment programs:
- Emergency Shelter: This is a short-term resource (30-day maximum) for children requiring an immediate, temporary living arrangement in an open facility where their safety and supervision is ensured through an organized program of appropriate activities.
- Moderate Need (Level II): This is an extended placement resource for children requiring a planned program affording safety, structure, and supervision. This level is indicated for children who by reason of behavioral disorder, maladaptive behaviors, family situation, relationship problems with family, and level of development are unable to accept traditional family ties and/or successfully participate in traditional family settings.
- Severe Need (Level III): This is an extended placement resource for children requiring active, coordinated, and professional intervention on a residential basis. This level is indicated for children who cannot be effectively managed in a less restrictive setting. These children have a significant emotional and/or psychiatric need. These children have continued difficulty adjusting to an open public school setting.
- Intensive Need (Level IV): This is an extended placement resource for children requiring active, coordinated, and professional intervention in a highly structured and secure environment. Such children will have demonstrated an inability to function in any less restrictive setting. This level is indicated for children who have a significant emotional and/or psychiatric need. These children are unable to function consistently in an open, public school setting, present a chronic runaway risk, and typically present a history of impulsivity, intensify of behavioral problems, significant family issues, self-destructive behaviors, etc.
- Aftercare: Aftercare is a transition service designed to help children to move from a residential facility to a home or community setting. Services include: assessment, monitoring, and on-going management of a medication regimen; therapeutic, clinical treatment services which target trauma recovery; monitoring and evaluating day to day activities to assist with the reduction of the disability and restoration of the child’s functional level. The purpose of this programming is to provide services designed to expedite and increase the youth’s inclusion into the family and community.
All of our programs are designed to help children in turmoil develop positive behaviors that lead to success while within an environment that encourages emotional, spiritual, behavioral, and educational growth.
Each resident is treated according to a carefully developed individualized treatment plan that is specific to their particular needs and experiences. Treatment plans are developed and supervised by a team of staff and associates that include psychiatrists, counselors, addiction specialists, physicians, psychologists, and educational specialists in order to ensure every aspect of the child’s needs are recognized and addressed.
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