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Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct

In our residential treatment setting, Benchmark Behavioral Health provides 24-hour supervision for adolescent males with sexualized behavior problems (most are adjudicated for sexual offenses). Our sexual misconduct milieus are designed for teens ages 13–17 who have a myriad of psychiatric issues, such as:

  • Impulse control
  • Sexual abuse of child
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Reactive attachment
  • Depression
  • Other problems areas that have resulted in youth failing outpatient services or other treatment facilities

Through this program, each resident is given an individualized treatment plan that is based on their history and the evaluations given during the admission process. Each of our residents can participate in individual, family and group therapy, which includes medication management. They may also receive educational services through our own on-campus school with teachers who are special education certified, and who can implement Individual Education Plans (IEP) as needed.

Our programs consist of a variety of therapeutic groups conducted by staff members, residents or licensed clinicians. Staff members provide psychoeducational groups that focus on developing social skills, healthy relationships and communication skills. Licensed clinicians provide groups for anger management, substance abuse, victim empathy and sexual misconduct. Residents can participate in a peer-run group in conjunction with the administrative team called the Patient Safety Patrol Committee, where youth set goals to help keep the facility and its residents safe.

The phase work incorporates elements from the Trauma Informed Care Model and pulls from the stages of Change Model (SCM). The idea behind the SCM is that behavior change does not happen in one step. Rather, people tend to progress through different stages on their way to successful change. Also, each person progresses through the stages at their own rate. Each person must decide for himself when a stage is completed and when it is time to move on to the next stage. This decision must come from the inside, as long-term change cannot be externally imposed.

Our teen male sexual behavior programs, outlined below, provide a secure therapeutic environment to promote change through building new skills and, thus, a healthier lifestyle.

Gemini and Orion Programs

The Gemini and Orion Programs are juvenile sexual misconduct-specific programs designed to meet the needs of adolescent males ages 13–17 with a DSM-5 primary diagnosis of sexual abuse of a child or other sexual behavior problems. This program also treats other mental health issues such as:

  • Victim of abuse
  • Impulse control
  • Substance abuse
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Other psychiatric disorders

Through our level system, residents learn to respect others and themselves as they learn to build on their own individual strengths and competencies to prepare for discharge and plan for the future. The primary goal of the Gemini and Orion programs is to help each individual gain control over their sexually abusive behavior, and to increase their prosocial interactions with peers and adults to prevent further victimization, develop age-appropriate relationships and halt the development of additional psychosexual maladaptive behaviors.

Enterprise Program

The Enterprise program offers a secure, therapeutic juvenile sexual misconduct program designed to meet the needs of developmentally challenged adolescent males ages 13–17 with a DSM-5 primary diagnosis of sexual abuse or other sexual behavioral problems. This program also treats other mental health issues such as victim of abuse, impulse control and substance abuse. Also, the program helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

The design of this unit utilizes a higher level of intensive therapeutic services to address chronic issues and acute symptoms associated with the psychiatric diagnosis. These residents have a diagnosis that affects cognitive or psychosocial development, and the Enterprise program has a higher staff to patient ratio. Rather than five behavior levels, this unit has only three levels and accommodations are made for each resident’s cognitive ability. Through our level system, residents learn to respect others and themselves while learning to build on their own individual strengths and competencies. Our level system’s main goal is to prepare each youth for discharge and plan for the future.

Discovery Program

The Discovery program offers secure, therapeutic treatment for sexual misconduct that is designed to meet the needs of adolescent males ages 13–17. This program also treats other mental health issues such abuse, impulse control and substance abuse. The program also addresses post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

The primary goal of the Discovery Program is to help each individual gain control over their sexually abusive behavior and to increase their prosocial interactions with peers and adults. This program is designed to help youth prevent further victimization, develop age-appropriate relationships, and halt the development of additional psychosexual maladaptive behaviors.

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Call 801-299-5319 to learn about admissions to Benchmark Behavioral Health. Our referral staff is available to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.