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The PEARS program is the cornerstone of the treatment program at BTT and has been since 1976. PEARS stands for Personal Effort And Responsibility System.
PEARS utilizes the principles of behavior modification and individualized treatment. The program’s initial focus is on a resident’s behavior. This is the "Personal Effort" part of PEARS. It includes a token economy system with daily scorecards providing hourly feedback to a resident on his behavior. A progression of levels makes up the "Responsibility System" part of PEARS. There are five levels to the program, each level having specific goals with increasing responsibility and privileges. Each level has a minimum time period, however, each level is also open-ended. Residents move thorough the levels at their own pace. Movement is upon an ability to meet level requirements, academic achievement, and progress on treatment goals.
Level I: Orientation
Goal: Getting to know the program and staff at Boys Totem Town.
Orientation in a secure environment. It provides a time to acclimate residents to BTT, make them feel safe, complete assessments, an initial treatment plan and a through orientation to the PEARS program.
Time: 2-4 weeks
Level II: Learning to live within the lines.
Goal: Show the ability to follow expectations in all areas and show you are ready to take risks and begin making positive changes.
Accomplished through a behavior modification program that involves all staff at BTT. The program provides hourly feedback, a set of objective measures and a system of due process.
Time: minimum of 6 weeks
Level III: Engaging in change
Goal: Actively involved in change by taking emotional risks and working on treatment goals provided through numerous groups and resources at BTT including many partnerships with the community.
Time: minimum of 6 weeks
Level IV: Preparing for your new life
Goal: Setting up your life in the outside world so that you will succeed.
A time of continued work on treatment goals but with a focus on transitioning back into the community. Developing a realistic list of pro-social activities and a concrete realistic release plan.
Time: minimum of 4 weeks
Level V: Showing everyone what you have learned.
Goal: Doing well; not only avoiding trouble but also contributing to the lives of others and your community.
Aftercare Goal: The Aftercare program began in 1996. It is a 90-day program designed to assist adolescents in transitioning from the structure of an institutional living environment back into a home environment in the community. Aftercare staff provide support and accountability. All residents complete a Transition Plan before release. This plan reflects treatment goals worked on BTT as well as outlining expectations and goals regarding home, school, work and community. A residents Transition Plan is formulated with input from BTT treatment team, probation officers, school officials, parents and the resident himself. Aftercare is broken up into three 30-day stages. The initial 30 days is restrictive and highly structured. Aftercare staff, on this stage, has daily contact and make frequent checks on school attendance, behavior at home, and attendance at required support groups or community resources. Privileges expand and imposed structure decreases as a resident moves through each succeeding stage. Progression is to a point where upon successful completion of the program minimal supervision is necessary. The Aftercare Program collaborates with numerous community resources that provide treatment, support and culturally specific services to residents at BTT and while on Aftercare.
Time: 90 days\