recently received a grant for $11,150 from the Johnson County Young Matrons Foundation
to support its Therapeutic Recreation and Development program which serves children in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) and Sanctuary programs.
KidsTLC’s PRTF program’s primary purpose is to treat the effects of complex trauma in children and youth ages 6-18. Children served in this program are victims of intense traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect, and/or family disruption and are diagnosed with one or more mental illnesses. It has become a model for successful treatment state-wide to address the rising number of children struggling with mental health issues. In addition to the PRTF program, in mid-2015 KidsTLC opened a new residential unit called the Phoenix Sanctuary to provide a more short-term residential option for children. The program is a 15-bed unit providing short-term, residential crisis stabilization and respite for children and adolescents ages 6–17 who are in crisis. These children are experiencing moderate social, emotional, family, or placement problems. The services within the Sanctuary are aimed at preventing youth from entering state custody and higher levels of mental health care. The Phoenix Sanctuary has 24-hour client care, intake support, and psychiatric consultation as needed. The program utilizes the same philosophy of care as for children in long-term care in the PRTF.