In the past year, Highfields has welcomed students
Residential programs were the founding blocks of Highfields. They were the first programs we offered in 1962. Today, our campus is still located on the same 140 acres in rural Ingham County. We have four residential houses, guest cottages, an on-site school and gymnasium. We also have a lake, an indoor and outdoor experiential education course, hiking trails and athletic fields.
We provide two residential programs:
Both are available to boys ages 11-17 from all over the state of Michigan. Throughout the course of a residential student's stay at Highfields, our counselors work with them to learn about their individual needs.
During a student’s first month in Highfields’ program, time is taken to learn about the youth. This is done through direct observation, interdisciplinary staffing, file review and an in-home family conference with the student’s parents or guardians. To develop an accurate and individualized treatment plan, the following validated assessments are administered:
- Michigan Strength and Needs Assessment
- Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System
- Adolescent Alcohol Drug Involvement Scale
- Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
- Life Events Checklist
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Evaluation Scale
- Psychiatric Evaluation
To best serve students in the Highfields program, several evidenced-based practices are used to provide valid and reliable treatment for an array of issues, including:
- Trauma Informed Care
- Anger Replacement Training
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Ele’s Place (summer time only)
- Keep It Direct and Simple (KIDS) Journal System
- Equipping Youth to Help One Another (EQUIP Program)
Highfields strives to produce a release plan that comprehensively addresses any remaining needs of the student and identifies resources for those needs in the community. Release planning starts at least two months before release. All stakeholders, including the student, workers, family and counselors, are included in the process and fully understand it. The process includes interdisciplinary conferences, weekend home visits and cognitive behavioral exercises focused on community success.
The student’s release plan may include:
- Addressing family dynamics
- Addressing health concerns
- Enrolling in counseling
- Scheduling psychiatric services
- Enrolling in school
- Identifying social supports
- Identifying employment opportunities
- Developing relapse prevention plans
- Identifying suitable recreational activities
Professional Consulting Services will provide re-entry care coordination for all Department of Human Services youth.