Pride Manchester House, founded in 1989, is an eight-bed psychiatric residential treatment facility for children, ages 5 to 13 years, who are residents of North Dakota and are diagnosed with an emotional disturbance. Lengths of stay vary according to the needs of the child.
Hallmarks of Care
- Safety First
- Strengths and Outcomes Based
- 40-50 children are diverted from placement each year
- 24-30 children receive residential treatment each year
- 100% of children successfully completed programming in 2007
- Average age is 8 to 9 years old
- Average length of stay is 5 to 6 months
Referrals generally come from the child's parent(s), school district, county social service agencies, or tribal entities. Priority is given to children under age 10, and those residing in Bismarck/Mandan human service region, although others in North Dakota are considered. Screening is conducted by the Admissions and Discharge Committee, which conducts an evaluation to assess treatment and placement needs. Recommendations are made by this committee, which are in turn relayed to the referral source for team planning.
Admissions to Pride Manchester House are ongoing. Admission criteria include children who:
- Have significant functional impairment, an average range of intellectual ability, and are diagnosed with an emotional disturbance such as: ◦ post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.
- Can benefit from treatment and evaluation in the current facility.
- Can be maintained safely when less restrictive options have been exhausted, and a more restrictive setting is indicated
- Are being transitioned from out-of-state treatment centers.
- Have an individual education plan (IEP) with serious emotional disturbance as the primary disability (for treatment at Manchester House), or, if the child does not have an IEP, he or she is in need of further evaluation in order to determine the best way to meet the child's needs and avoid out-of-state placement.
Treatment and Evaluation
Treatment and evaluation are based on a child's individual needs. Basic services include:
Pride Manchester House is staffed 24 hours a day. When children are not in school, they are involved in counseling sessions (individual and family), leisure activities, therapeutic groups, and various community involvements.
Bismarck Public Schools Special Education Unit provides an on-site education program. When appropriate, children may be considered for placement in public schools.
Pride Manchester House has access to other staff and programs provided in the community. Psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as a variety of therapists are available to meet with children and their families. An emphasis on transition and after-care planning for the child and his/her family is maintained through the treatment stay.
Team members are committed to helping children acquire the skills and behaviors necessary to function positively in their home, school, and community. Pride Manchester House professionals provide a complete therapeutic environment for children with emotional problems. On-site staff members include: the director, treatment coordinator, case managers, therapists, full-time and part-time direct support professionals, a transition consultant, a cook, teachers, and a registered nurse. Volunteers, mentors, and foster grandparents also assist with the children
Costs for room/board and therapeutic services vary. Payments for these services are made through Medical Assistance and private insurance. Special education and services are paid through tuition agreements with the child's local special education or regular education district.