EmberHope Youthville staff and Newton Chamber conduct a ribbon cutting of a new PRTF home to a pilot program for non-custody at-risk families

(pictured left to right: Debbie Pierce, Vice President at The Citizen’s State Bank representing Newton Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Nelssen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing; Lori Gonzales, Chief Program Officer; Nickaila Sandate, President & CEO; Lisa Capps, Chief Advancement Officer; Rich Stinnett Newton Mayor and President of BTCO, Inc.) 

EmberHope Youthville Celebrates A New Program!

On Tuesday, July 14, EmberHope Youthville staff, legislators, donors, community partners, and our residential treatment team celebrated the opening of our new state-of-the-art Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) cottage, home to a pilot program designed to offer a short-term, intense, focused treatment with priority to serve non-custody clients who have been on a waiting list to receive this level of treatment to successfully return to the community.

“We are so excited to offer this new family-focused program that will provide holistic support for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 and their families,” says EmberHope Youthville President and CEO Nickaila Sandate. “We’re grateful for the hard work and support of State Agencies who made this pilot program possible, and we’re thrilled to offer hope and healing to young women and their families.”

The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) is a short-term program designed for female clients between the ages of 12 and 18 living within a 60-mile range of the campus. These young women are in the custody of their parents or legal guardians and are not having their needs met by existing resources. A PRTF works actively with the family, other agencies, and the community to offer strengths-based, culturally competent, medically appropriate treatment designed to meet the client’s individual needs. A critical component of the program includes a six-month aftercare component after the client returns home. The therapeutic environment is trauma-informed and supported by Evidence-Based Program models such as Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

“Mental health is a significant issue for our young people of Kansas, particularly after such a difficult year,” says Senator Carolyn McGinn, who, along with Representative Will Carpenter, championed the legislation. “We are thrilled EmberHope Youthville is receiving the funding and the difference this program will make in the lives of families in our community.”

“I commend EmberHope Youthville for their innovative approach and willingness to seek better ways to provide hope and healing to our kids in crisis,” said Rep. Carpenter.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to add this new service to our extensive list of offerings for children and families in crisis and would not be able to do this without the support of our Board of Directors, United Methodist Churches, individual donors, corporate and community support. We believe it is our calling to seek ways to provide hope and healing to those who need it most.