During the initial inquiry in regard to admission, the Executive Director determines if a child is appropriate for completing an intake study. The decision to complete an intake study is based on the both the availability of a placement at Forest Heights Lodge and also when an admission is possible. If the Executive Director feels an intake study is appropriate, you will be advised of items essential to the process.
The following items should, whenever possible, be received from the referral source or past services to the child:
All of the above records will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate staff and phone contact may be made with professionals involved in the care of the child.
When indicated, additional psychiatric/psychological testing, EEG, neurological, or other specific medical tests or history information may be requested prior to a final decision to accept a child for placement.
Once the intake materials are reviewed and they appear to confirm the appropriateness of the child for Forest Heights Lodge, we will request that the family and child visit the Lodge.
While visiting the Lodge, the child and his parents and/or legal guardians will have an interview and an evaluation. A thorough explanation of the Lodge Philosophy, Policies and Patient Rights, will be reviewed with the family.
If the family and child feel The Lodge is an appropriate placement and The Lodge staff feels that we can help the child, a financial plan will be discussed and agreed upon. In addition, a time, date and other factors in regard to placement are determined and a pre-placement home visit will be scheduled.
We have found a pre-placement home visit to be a useful evaluation tool. This provides an opportunity to build the foundation of a cooperative alliance and afford a more detailed understanding of the child's functioning in his environment.
In the two or three days we spend living in the home, we can observe the family´s interactions, experience how the child relates to his parents and siblings and interview extended family members.
The insights acquired from these direct, intimate contacts give us an invaluable head start in planning for the child's treatment. During this visit, we also meet with school and medical personnel, as needed, both to clarify the child's past and to begin exploring post-discharge treatment and educational resources.
Professional time and travel cost for the home and school evaluation are billed separately from the Forest Heights Lodge's regular monthly cost of care and should be paid prior to the admission of the child.
Some parents' feedback on visiting the Lodge for the first time and our admissions process:
"The setting is simple, clean, and appropriate for boys. It does not give me the feeling of 'punishment or imprisonment.' There is a feeling that the boys have freedoms but are observed closely by responsible adults who can redirect behaviors."
“The moment we walked into the main house we felt an overwhelming amount of warmth.”
"The living environment felt calming and beautiful."j
"We were pleased to have a tour by a kid as it felt like there was nothing to hide."
“It feels homey. It doesn’t feel like a residential facility but rather like a big, cozy cabin that is run by people who truly seem to care.”
"I felt completely supported and comforted. I got the assurance I needed to know that my son would be taken care of."
“Jim & Jody made it much easier for us than we had expected. The hour spent prior to our goodbye was so helpful. I left Forest Heights Lodge knowing that our kid was in loving, nurturing, caring hands and didn't have a moment of worry that I was making the wrong decision.
"Your decision to accept my son has changed his and our lives completely. This journey has restored hope and calm to our lives."