Acceptance Criteria

1. The applicant must be at least eleven (11) years of age and not older than eighteen (18) years of age at the time of admittance.

2. If public funds are used to pay for the services, the child must be screened by the county prior to admission as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 245.4885, subdivision 1.

3. If public funds are not used to pay for the services, the child must be screened by a mental health professional using a screening process which is equivalent to that required by Minnesota Statutes, section245.4885, subdivision 1, prior to admission.

4. The prior-to-admission screening must determine that the residential assessment and/or treatment proposed is necessary and appropriate for the child’s treatment needs, provides a length of stay as short as possible consistent with the child’s need for treatment, and could not be effectively provided in the child’s home.

5. The applicant is preferably an adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense or exhibiting inappropriate sexual behavior. The applicant must have a primary diagnosis of emotional disturbance.

6. The applicant shall be behaviorally suited for, and shall be expected to attend school on a regular basis at the Hoffmann Learning Center.

7. The family shall be informed of the need for placement and shall be strongly encouraged to be supportive to the extent that they agree to participate in family therapy on a regular basis.

Program Criteria

The Hoffmann Center program is geared to deal with those who have a concentration of items in the Moderate Risk area, recognizing that most referrals will include items in more than one area. These categories are not to be viewed as rigid, and individual cases will need to be viewed on their own merits.

1. Evergreen Cottage applicants must not have measured intellectual functioning below 2 or more standard deviations below the mean (70 full scale) of an appropriate test of intellectual functioning. All referrals with measured intelligence one or two standard deviations below the mean of (70-85 full scale) of an appropriate test of general intellectual functioning shall be assessed for cognitive capabilities, pro-social skills and assessed vulnerabilities compatible with the program’s content.

2. North Cottage applicants must have a measured intellectual functioning between 55 and 75 (full scale) on an appropriate test of intellectual functioning. Applicants with a lower IQ will need to be assessed for levels of interpersonal and emotional functioning to determine the appropriateness.

3. Applicants with active chemical dependency issues in need of primary chemical abuse treatment or detoxification prior to any other type of treatment shall be considered inappropriate for this program.

4. Applicants with unstable medical or psychiatric conditions shall be considered inappropriate for this program.

5. Applicants whose behavior poses a danger to other clients, employees, or the community while in an unlocked facility shall be considered inappropriate for this program.

6. Applicants who have a combination of extensive pattern of sexual offenses, previous failed treatment experiences, and assessments which reflects and unwillingness to engage in a meaningful therapeutic contract, shall be considered inappropriate for this program.

7. Applicants whose behavior reflects a pattern of criminal thinking that causes them to not be amenable to treatment shall be considered inappropriate for admission.

8. Applicants must be deemed by Hoffmann Center staff to be able to fit in to the current mix of clients and level of functioning of the therapeutic culture in a manner that will not unduly disrupt the group or its culture so as to hinder the treatment of others or provide a threat to the safety of current clients.

9. In review of an applicant’s history, assessment and needs, Hoffmann Center staff must determine that adequate personnel, programming, and financial resources exist to allow sufficient time to meeting anticipated treatment needs.

10. Applicants must have completed diagnostic and functional assessments that determine that residential treatment is necessary and appropriate for the child’s treatment needs, provides a length of stay as short as possible consistent with the child’s need for treatment, and could not be effectively provided in the child’s home.

11. All clients will receive a complete assessment during the first 14 or 30 days after admission.

12. A representative of the referring agency shall be expected to attend various meetings regarding the client, as well as remain generally active with the client.

Clients who meet the above criteria fall within the scope of emotional disturbance/behavior disorder that Glasser, Laws, Longo, and others purport can be treated through holistic (strength-based pro-social) cognitive/behavioral, and relapse prevention strategies. The above criteria have been demonstrated through clinical practices to be able to be treated in a non-secure residential facility with the level of staffing that Hoffmann Center currently has and that exceeds both Department of human Services licensing standards and Department of Corrections certification standards. Current per diems are adequate to support this level of staffing and programming standards.


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