Southern California Program
Civic and Community
Hillsides’ main campus in Pasadena houses the agency’s Residential Treatment Services and the Hillsides Education Center. Providing comprehensive, rehabilitative services to the entire family, these programs help children ages 6-18, who have suffered significant trauma, mental illnesses, behavioral disturbances, learning disorders and multiple failed placements. These two programs serve 600 unduplicated children and family members each year. In direct response to California’s Continuum of Care reform, Hillsides is working to reduce foster youths’ average length of stay in its residential programs and improve their day-to-day functioning so they can be successfully placed in the community with a birth or adoptive family, a relative, or in a lower level of care. Through its Creating Lasting Change campaign, Hillsides is reconfiguring its main campus in Pasadena to provide the additional space needed for intensive therapeutic interventions and the active involvement of families in the treatment plan. A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support construction of a new Student Center, which will replace a woefully inadequate kitchen and outgrown dining facilities and provide expanded space for the arts and recreational therapy programs that are integral to the treatment model. Additional campus enhancements include a new swimming pool and an expanded playing field. Improved exterior signage, a new service road, entrance kiosk and additional parking will reduce traffic hazards and improve campus security. Staff anticipates that the length of stay will continue to decrease from 18 months to between six and 12 months for 85% of the children in its Residential Treatment Service program. Once youth are discharged, Hillsides will provide families with wrap-around community-based services. While the project is intended to improve the quality of care and not directly increase the numbers served, the reduction in the length of stay will allow Hillsides to serve an additional 75 children each year in their two on-campus programs.
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