A Note from Charles About STRTP
Hello David & Margaret and Joan Macy Staff,
I wanted to share some information about the STRTP program, as I know it has been a transition for the agency and for all of us as staff. As most of you know, the state has mandated that all residential programs be converted to Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTP). Their goal is to have as many youth as possible be in a foster home, Intensive Services Foster Care, or a relative’s home rather than in residential placement. Many more youth are being placed in relative care.
This means that those who are placed in an STRTP are those who have no other options, generally due to their high need for more intensive therapeutic services because they have experienced much trauma in their lives. As described by the state, an STRTP is basically a level just below inpatient psychiatric care. As a result, we are caring for youth who have a higher level of needs than ever before. With so many of these youth together, it is very challenging to be able to meet their needs.
Due to this, we have decided that we should limit the number of youth in our STRTP to 21 for the time being, so that we don’t have so many of them in a cottage at a time and will be better able to give more attention to those who are here. This also allows us to make that sure, you, our staff, have the resources needed to work with the STRTP youth. I realize there have been some safety concerns, and we are working to address them. We have been replacing doors and windows with ones that won't break as easily, and hope to launch a text alert system in the near future to keep you all updated about on-campus events and happenings. I appreciate your dedication and understanding, and welcome your suggestions on how we can provide the best quality of care for the girls while providing you each the resources needed to feel safe.