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TURTLE CREEK YOUTH PROGRAM



The Turtle Creek Youth Program serves 40 behaviorally challenged, school-aged children and adolescents who are no younger than 10 years nor older than 21 years of age at the time of admission. The Program provides year-round educational and residential treatment programming. All youth attend school on the campus of SDDC. The Redfield Public School provides the educational program, with the school providing the teaching staff and SDDC, the support staff. The curriculum is comprised of the core educational courses as well as several group curricula that are facilitated by Youth Counselors who are staff of the Turtle Creek Program. The group courses can be taken for elective high school credit. Once an individual completes the requirements for graduation, he or she participates in the graduation ceremony at the public school. All referrals for admissions must go through the State Placement Committee.

GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIA REQUIRE THAT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ADMITTED TO THIS PROGRAM:

 

  1. Are no younger than 10 years nor older than 21 years of age at time of admission.
  2. Have a developmental disability.
  3. Display behaviors that are dangerous or cause concern for the child or others.
  4. Have unsuccessfully received treatment in a less-restrictive environment.
  5. Eligible for Title XIX funding.
  6. THIS PROGRAM FOCUSES ON THE FOLLOWING:
  7. Increasing the person's understanding of how his/her behavior affects him/herself and others.
  8. Helping the person understand the boundaries of appropriate behavior.
  9. Helping the person learn to accept responsibility for his/her own behavior.
  10. Aiding the person and his/her family to learn appropriate need-meeting behaviors to replace those that are inappropriate.
  11. Returning the person to his/her home community as a responsible person, able to make appropriate choices for his/her behavior and to function as a productive member of the family and community.

 

Contact:

SDDC Registrar
17267 West 3rd Street
Redfield, SD 57469-1001
(605) 472-2400