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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Founded in 1859 as an orphanage, today the children's program of silver springs - martin luther school provides a home, treatment, education, and other services for children with special needs and their families from the five southeastern pennsylvania counties, other counties, and the state of delaware through residential treatment, a special education school, foster family care and community-based services, all in a nurturing and healing environment that promotes trauma recovery and resilience. In fy 2013/2014 silver springs - martin luther school served over 1,360 individuals.

Programs: Residential treatment program - in fy 13/14 silver springs served 120 boys and girls, ages 6-14 (and 72 families/caregivers), with serious emotional and behavioral health issues. This program provides a therapeutic living environment that includes individualized treatment, supervision, care and nurturing for children on a 24-hour-a-day basis through outcome-oriented treatment (planning - implementation - evaluation), psychiatric evaluation, trauma informed therapy, case management, behavior management and health care. Available therapies include individual, family, group, a highly structured milieu, counseling, behavioral and medication. Children may participate in spiritual and values oriented opportunities, recreation and swimming. All services are provided with the valued participation of biological, adoptive and/or foster families.

community based programs - in fy 13/14 the silver springs community based programs served 253 children, ranging in age from birth to 21 years old, and 301 foster and/or biological parents. Children in foster family care benefit from community placements that address their emotional, behavioral, medical, social and developmental needs. The program offers structured home living with foster parents who are trained to provide for the specific, identified needs of each child. Case management, various clinical therapies and outreach services are extended to each child's foster family and biological family. Children are encouraged to participate in specialized summer experiences depending upon their individual, educational, medical and/or emotional needs. Through community based behavioral health rehabilitative services, silver springs provides mobile therapy, behavior specialist consultants and therapeutic staff support services that include individual and family therapy to children in home, school and community settings; assessment of a child's behavior in these settings; consultation, one to one supervision, modeling, coaching and support to children based on a behavioral plan.

martin luther school: in fy 13/14 luther school served 225 students and 185 caregivers. A pennsylvania department of education licensed "approved private school," luther school provides an individualized educational program designed to meet the special education needs of emotionally disturbed students in grades k-8. Students are referred to luther school from public school districts. Individual educational plans identify their instructional needs as "requiring emotional support. " in addition to academic, social, and emotional deficits, many students attending luther school have significant learning disabilities. The academic curriculum is augmented with teacher-directed group interaction and a structured, caring and supportive environment. Each student has a computer for use in school. School facilities include a gymnasium, outdoor recreational facilities, a library, technology instruction, supervised access to the internet, tutoring in reading and mathematics, an art room and a music room.

family resource services: in fy 13/14 family resource services served 93 clients. Family resource services (frs) was created in 1998 to formalize silver springs' commitment to a continuum of care that begins whenever a child/family first enters its programs and remains constant and available as long as each child/family wishes. Assisting children and their families to access critical services in their own communities, frs represents silver springs' focused response, on a case-by case basis, to those extenuating circumstances that can debilitate a family and, consequently, jeopardize the well-being of a child. Frs also assists children and their families to obtain emergency food supplies, enroll in housing programs, qualify for assistance with utilities, and enroll in ged classes and secondary education programs. Most often, services fall into the areas of case management, direct assistance, college scholarships, finding affordable housing, and locating jobs. Through frs, silver springs provided financial help to eight of our alumni who were enrolled in a college or university.

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