How we help
Omegon exists to help youth with emotional, behavioral and chemical problems who have not found success with previous interventions. The program will help residents change their unhelpful thought processes and replace them with better coping skills and self-management techniques. Residents will be able to advance through different skills to successfully complete the program and return to a less restrictive setting.
Program Philosophy and Foundation
Omegon Residential Treatment Center is a nonprofit, dual-diagnosis facility which offers specialized treatment services for male and female adolescents, ages 12 to 17, who are experiencing serious emotional, social and/or behavioral disorders, combined with the abuse/dependency on mood-altering chemicals.
Omegon’s program operates from the philosophies of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Stages of Change. Our Phase System highlights these principles. CBT is evidence-based for both mental health and chemical health and focuses on the identification of unhelpful belief systems and cognitive restructuring in order to create healthier behavior patterns. CBT is a practical, action-oriented approach to coping with problems and enhancing personal growth. CBT places a good deal of its focus on the present: on currently-held attitudes, painful emotions and maladaptive behaviors that can sabotage a fuller experience of life. CBT also provides people with an individualized set of proven techniques for helping them to solve problems and identify coping skills. CBT then provides a variety of methods to help people reformulate their unhelpful beliefs into more sensible, realistic and helpful ones.
Additionally, Omegon values the role of family involvement in a child’s overall wellness and success in life. Omegon recognizes that all families have their own set of beliefs, attitudes, structure and norms of behavior and stress management which nurture their child’s functioning. Our model of growth and success comes from the belief that through systemic change the resident and the family will improve family identity, balance, organization and connectedness.
Aftercare services and transitional planning are a part of the continuum of care which begins upon admission. Program participants receive ongoing contact with Case Managers or Resident Advisors for up to three months following discharge. Family therapy and participation in parent support groups are also available as a part of the aftercare services.
The facility accommodates 26 adolescents and features spacious living areas for therapeutic, educational and indoor recreation programming, as well as administrative functions.
Omegon Residential Treatment Center is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is a member of the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies.