Housing Program

Changing Perspectives Program

For Female youth Ages 13 up to 18

Must be Enrolled With the Greater Oregon Behavior Health Program

Services Provided By Lifeways Include:
• Therapist
• Individual Skills Trainer
• Group Skills Trainer
• Mentor

Services Provided By Tonya’s House
• Room and Board/ Length of Stay Determined on Need
• On Site Staffing 24 Hours a Day
• Direct Support/Informal Counseling
• Life Skills Training
• Assistance in Obtaining Health and Mental Health Services And/or Alcohol/Drug Issues
• Educational Support
• Transportation

Purpose: Outlines program eligibility and guidelines
Program Eligibility: We house at-risk female teens ages 13 up to 18. Non-housing services are provided to all at-risk youth ages 13 to 21. No one shall be denied access to housing services because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap or national origin. We reserve the right to refuse services to anyone demonstrating abusive behavior toward any resident, volunteer or staff member.
Non-GOBHI (Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.) Resident Intake Policy
Primary Service
Safe housing is provided based on the following priorities:
Female teens ages 13-up to 18 who have been homeless, sexually abused/assaulted, or neglected by another person related by blood, marriage, living arrangement or relationship.
Program Eligibility: Steps to Enter Tonya’s House as a Resident:
  1. Call Tonya’s House at 541-276-2900; provide name, age and detailed information regarding the youth’s current status. Include parent/guardian information as all residents must have parent/guardian permission.
  1. The appropriateness of a person for housing will be determined through an intake interview by the director of Tonya’s House and in consultation with Natasha Rustad of Lifeways and Becky Emert with the Oregon Department of Human Services. When a potential resident is not an appropriate placement they will be referred to other resources in the community. We encourage them to contact us again if their circumstances change and they believe that the changes will make them eligible.
  1. Complete Intake
Admission Process:
·         Arrange and complete an intake interview.
·         All youth must have a signed consent form from their parent(s) or guardian.
·         At intake, the following paperwork is needed: (1) youth’s birth certificate, (2) social security card, (3) immunization record, (4) copy of health insurance, (5) medical and/or mental health information, and (6) any medication the youth is taking.
·         Health insurance coverage is needed. If the youth does not have coverage they will apply for OHP (Oregon Health Plan) through DHS.
All non-GOBHI residents will be provided the same services as a GOBHI resident with the exception of services that are mandated for GOBHI clients.
Persons who cannot be appropriately housed in our facility may include:
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Anyone unable to care for basic personal needs on their own.
  • Anyone whose circumstances present a serious threat to the safety and well-being of other residents, staff or volunteers.
  • Anyone with physical or mental health needs beyond the capability of the program.
  • Anyone unable or unwilling to live cooperatively.
  • Anyone who will not agree to sign the house regulations and complete their program goals or who has violated the rules in the past and has been flagged as a “no return.”
  • Anyone who is unable to be housed because Tonya’s House is at capacity.
GOBHI Resident Intake Policy and  Placement
Criteria for Services (GOBHI Resident must meet all):
  • Mental Health Primary Diagnosis-Axis I: Primary DSM Axis I mental health diagnosis must be above the funded line on the prioritized list from the Oregon Health Plan. This diagnosis must be focus of the treatment sought.
  • Child must be enrolled with county of origin/ward ship Community Mental Health Program’s Intensive Community-Based Treatment & Support Services (ICTS) & Lifeways, Inc.
  • GAF/CGAS-between 42-50.
  • Child is not determined or eligible for MRDD or DD services.
  • CASII composite score 19-25 (levels 4+ (high) or 5 (low)).
  • Documentation of failures at lower levels of treatment and community intervention and Community Resource Team (CRT) recommends Tonya’s House Referral.
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment (CMHA) current within 60 days & Treatment plan that reflects Tonya’s House services prior to referral. If past 60 days a CMHA addendum is acceptable.
  • Lifeways, Inc’s primary contact Natasha Rustad (Lifeways) & Sondra Kerby (Tonya’s House Director) are aware of the child and are in agreement with the referral.
  • DHS Child Welfare’s primary contact Becky Emert (DHS Regional Consultant) is aware of the child (DHS has custody/voluntary placement agreements) and is in agreement with the referral.
  • Entire referral packet is complete.
  • Tonya’s House & Lifeways, Inc have participated in CRT meetings and have had adequate time to screen child and determine the appropriateness for Tonya’s House.

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