Avanti's on-site school, called Willows, is overseen by Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916, which manages classrooms in a variety of treatment settings. Education services at Willows are highly individualized and coordinated with the resident's home district, allowing as little disruption in school progress as possible. As residents progress in treatment, we do offer off-site alternatives to assist with re-integration into a mainstream school setting. Decisions regarding school setting are made in collaboration with the resident and their parents, Willow's staff and Avanti's treatment team.
Avanti offers a multitude of services to facilitate successful re-integration into their home and school environment. Our Work Readiness Program, available to residents who achieve stage three in treatment, builds employment skills, including resume and interview practice, allows the resident to earn an hourly wage, develop professional skills and have a leadership role. We also offer mentors, connecting residents who express interest with adult volunteers, allowing us to provide culturally specific, positive role models. Avanti residents also participate in volunteer activities in the local community.
When a resident reaches stage four of treatment, re-integration efforts are increased. At this point residents generally go home every weekend to assess their ability to generalize treatment progress at home. The family and treatment team work closely to create an aftercare plan, arranging psychiatric and mental health services closer to home. Residents are also offered on-going skills coaching via phone calls to residential counselors.
Avanti offers shelter for adolescent girls in need for one to 90 days. Shelter is paid through county social services. Applicants are screened carefully by Avanti's referral staff. Shelter residents are integrated into our treatment milieu, so participants have access to most programming, with the exception of individual and family therapy.
Avanti also offers a 42-day evaluation program. The evaluation consists of psychological and psychiatric testing, behavior analysis and recommendations. The evaluation cost is often covered by private insurance and/or county social services. Referrals include girls who require additional intervention for successful living, but the type of intervention is uncertain and outpatient evaluation is not sufficient in making that determination. Evaluation residents are integrated into our treatment milieu, so participants have access to most programming, with the exception of individual and family therapy.