The On Target program is a school-based family support program that provides therapeutic services to severely emotionally disturbed (SED) children and their families. Currently the program is in four Anchorage School District (ASD) schools. Our clinical team consists of four Clinicians six Clinical Associates and our ACMHS Child Psychiatrist. The program provides a variety of services within three broad areas:
- After-School Group
- Family support
In addition we do a therapeutic summer program, as well as day treatment/special program support services during school in-service days, parent-teacher conferences, and winter/holiday break. This helps to lend a sense of continuity, structure, and support to treatment services as may be medically necessary for some of the program’s SED clients.
The On Target program operates on a two-fold philosophy when it comes to its system of care. In short, the system of care is driven by the needs of the child and their family – (i.e., a family/child-centered approach) and is “community based”. This approach is a demonstrative commitment to:
- Adapt services to the child and family as opposed to expecting them to conform to pre-existing programs and structures.
- Provide services in an environment and manner that enhances personal dignity of children and families, is respectful of their wishes and individual goals, and maximizes opportunities for involvement and self-determination in the planning and delivery of services.
- Support SED children in environments that are not restricted or limited to hospitals, Residential Treatment Centers, etc., but rather in familiar settings through the community based approach.