Chemical Dependency Treatment A Licensed Addictions Counselor provides assessments and evaluations to determine substance abuse and dependence. This person conducts 1:1 sessions and treatment groups that are both gender and culturally responsive via the “Pathways to Change” and “White Bison” curriculums. Responsibilities also include coordination of continued care in the community if needed. Case Management A Case Manager, in coordination with a treatment team including a contracted psychologist, is responsible for the development and oversight of the individualized treatment plans driven by the initial evaluation/assessment process. The primary focus of Case Management counseling is to challenge the youth to examine their past and present performance, accept responsibility for their actions, and recognize changes needed to allow them to succeed both in the facility and in the community. This is done by using Motivational Interviewing skills and Cognitive Behavioral counseling techniques while also focusing on research supported gender responsive “Best Practice” approaches. Program Activities Correctional Counselors are responsible for developing activities outside of school that provide youth opportunities for personal growth. Correctional Counselors act as positive role models, actively lead physically and emotionally challenging activities and facilitate a variety of groups. Daily physical activities include walking, running, jogging, muscle stretching, exercises, and sports. Each youth attends two Girls’ Circle groups each week. This is a nationally recognized curriculum to help youth address their unique issues in life, focusing on developing critical thinking skills, developing healthy relationships, finding inner strength, and setting goals. Nurses lead a weekly Nurse’s Group on a variety of health topics. The focus throughout the program is on relationship repair and competency development, in various areas of the youth’s life. Education The youth are required to go to school 8 hours each weekday year around. The education program utilizes both traditional and non-traditional classroom environments and teaching methods to meet the academic needs of the youth. The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) accredits the RYCF education program. Education credits earned at RYCF, by statute, are accepted by any Montana public school. RYCF will facilitate a high school graduation for any youth earning enough credits to meet the mandatory credit requirement as set by OPI. Each youth has a competency based education plan. It is modified on an ongoing basis via input from the multi-disciplinary team, taking into consideration the projected parole date and plan, prior educational records, and academic needs. Special Education services are provided through a contract with Prickly Pear Cooperative in East Helena. empty section Restitution Riverside provides on and off grounds community service/restitution opportunities. Part of the restitution program incudes safety training.