Sierra provides a safe, healthy, therapeutic home environment that encourages communication and individual development. With no more than eight residents, the atmosphere is home like and inviting. Trained, competent staff is present in the home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Emergency respite care is provided by Sierra Group Home for county-referred youth who need to be temporarily removed from their home or placement due to child abuse or neglect, conflicts or disruptions in the home, behavioral issues, youth awaiting placement, or parents and caregivers needing a break from the stress of caring for adolescents. Respite care at Sierra is available for a minimum of 72 hours or a maximum of 15 days per respite, subject to bed availability.
Sight and Sound Supervision:
Residents are supervised by staff or an approved adult (teacher, parent, therapist, etc.) by sight and sound at all times in order to ensure their care, protection, and guidance.
The total health needs of each resident are provided for in the community by health care professionals. Each resident, when placed, is taken for a physical and dental check-up. Further appointments are made if any health needs arise. Eye doctor appointments are also scheduled if needed.
A full range of mental health services, such as AODA, anger management, family relations, self respect, etc., are available to each of our residents if needed. These services are provided in the community by certain agencies. Sierra also has an in-house therapist who holds group and individual therapy three times a week at the home. Group sessions are held three times a week by staff to address such topics as peer pressure, family relations, enabling, assertiveness, independent living skills, etc. One-on-ones are also held at least once a week per resident with staff.
Medications and prescriptions are kept safe in the office and are dispensed by qualified staff as prescribed by the physician. Most medication is self-administered by the resident with staff present. All medication that is administered is logged daily on the appropriate forms, including over the counter medication like cold medicine and aspirin.
Staff works with each of the residents to prepare them for eventually living an independent life in their community. One method used to accomplish this goal is the teaching of life skills. Classes are conducted in the group home that focus upon a variety of subjects which are important for one to understand in order to live independently in the community. Topics include:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Educational Planning
- Money Management
- Food Management
- Personal Appearance
- Job Seeking
- Job Maintenance
- Legal Skills
- Emergency and Safety Skills
- Community Resources
Each resident in our program attends White Lake School. School administrators and teachers communicate and work closely with the group home to ensure this goal is being worked toward. Residents are monitored by daily school sheets and weekly conferences with school staff. For residents who require special needs, the school provides individualized educational planning through its LD/ED program. All residents are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities through the school.
Using Thinking Reports, Patterns, Tactics, and Corrective techniques, each individual is given a model to look at themselves and evaluate their own level of maturity and responsibility. The program teaches that the individual can choose which direction to take, but that what ever they choose, they will have to live with the consequences of their decision. It teaches the individual a better way of thinking. Instead of focusing on what is causing their behavior, it focuses on a solution for the problem. The program provides an opportunity for the individual to take responsibility for their own actions and is used to help the young person to mature into a responsible adult.
A cognitive reality model with curriculum based on the belief that there is a body of knowledge found in cognitive psychology which, when effectively taught, allows people to break an inhibiting cycle of conditioned habits and become happier,more fulfilled human beings. In the step-by-step process, residents are skillfully guided toward an understanding and acceptance of four educational values.
- Change is possible.
- Current reality is the result of the beliefs, habits and attitudes we've adopted in the past.
- Our future is determined by the beliefs, habits and attitudes that we adopt today.
- It is possible to choose our beliefs, habits and attitudes in order to reach our visions.
Group Sessions are held at least three times a week by staff with the residents of Sierra Group Home and include topics such as, but not limited to:
- Anger Management
- Peer Pressure
- Social Skills
- Independent Living
- Coping Skills
- Corrective Thinking
- Family Relations
- Respect-Self and Others
Sierra employs trained, competent staff dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for our residents. Each staff member is committed to promoting the well being of each resident in our care and strives for high standards of professional conduct.
Sierra provides comprehensive case management. Staff communicates and works with each of the residents' social workers regularly to develop and oversee the treatment plan for each resident in our care.
Family Planning Services:
Should a resident need the services of Family Planning (Std/HTV testing, birth control services, family planning information), the resident can approach staff with the request for Family Planning Services and staff shall arrange an appointment for the resident. All requests and results for any Family Planning Services shall be kept confidential.
A variety of structured opportunities for social, recreational and therapeutic activities are available. Some opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
- School functions and social events
- Zoos, museums, planetariums
- Water parks
- Ropes course
- Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, tubing
- Sports activities
- Fairs, rodeos, races
- Cross country and downhill skiing
- Satellite TV, movies, books, games, video games
- Field trips
Transportation to activities, appointments, home visits, and school is provided by Sierra Group Home.
N3987 Hwy 55
White Lake, WI 54491