Charis Youth Center is a nonprofit organization providing residential, educational, and mental health services. Charis provides a highly structured therapeutic, educational, and community-based program for emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families. The residences and school work together philosophically, therapeutically, and physically to provide a total 24-hour treatment program with continuous supervision and monitoring.
Charis Youth Center provides a comprehensive mental health program which includes the Rehabilitation Enrichment Program, Medication Support, and Mental Health Services. These services provide a thorough assessment of each youth’s mental health status, the development of a complete treatment plan and interventions, and an integrated approach to alleviating symptoms related to the youth’s identified DSM IV diagnosis.
Adolescents placed in Charis’ program are typically very difficult to place and have experienced numerous placement failures in less restrictive environments. For many of these youth, the mental health interventions they receive through Rehabilitation Enrichment Program, Medication Support Services, and Mental Health Services are critical to their success in a community-based program, and assist in avoiding placement in a more restrictive setting.
Charis Youth Center is committed to principle-based practices which enhance the lives of the children and families we serve. Our programs provide individualized services emphasizing mental health, physical health, competence, and relationships. We believe that children must have a sense of belonging and learn to create trusting relationships with significant adults and peers. Our efforts will strive to help our students achieve academically, socially, and personally. We will ensure that they have a broad range of experience in the community. Whether our students return home, move on to less restrictive settings in the system of care, or set out on their own as young adults, our work will be focused on helping them have the confidence and skills to function independently. Our work will be performed in such a way that each of our students will be able to give of themselves to contribute to their community because they know others value them. They will be able to give and receive with Grace…thereby known as Charis.
Charis Youth Center is a non-profit corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.