Terrific Outcomes for Midwest Center for Youth and Families!

Midwest Center for Youth and Families is tracking outcomes to insure the best treatment possible.

The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale for Children is a clinician’s rating of the level of severity of a patient’s functioning and symptoms obtained through a structured interview conducted with the patient.  Our 4th qtr. results show that we are treating more acutely ill patients at admission than the national average.  Our improvement with these patients are almost twice the national average!

A common question we hear is, “Does your residential therapeutic Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program work?” The immediate response Midwest Center for Youth and Families has to that question is “Yes, it does work!”

DBT, originally developed by Marsha Linehan in 1979 to treat Borderline Personality Disorder patients, has been tested and proven by others to be a very effective treatment program. DBT seeks to validate feelings and problems. And, it balances acceptance by challenging residents to make productive changes. Studies have shown that DBT reduces the rate of self-injury and suicide attempts—and connects with kids to help keep them engaged in the treatment process. It works because youth learn they can manage their issues–without resorting to self-defeating behaviors.

Treatment Results

We work hard to continually improve our treatment and program outcomes for youth and families. And, as a result, 95% of our residents’ parents say they would recommend our program to others.

Since 1998, we have participated in a state-wide outcomes study project for the Indiana Association of Children and Family Services (IARRCA). Our therapeutic residential treatment program outcomes have demonstrated the following successes for our residents and their families:

  • 91% of the residents were discharged from our residential program to a less restrictive treatment environment
  • 87% of youth were placed with their family (e.g., parent, relative or adoptive family) at discharge
  • Youth seen in our program experienced, on average, a 62% decrease in the symptoms or problems that lead to their needing residential treatment
  • 88% of the youth we’ve treated experienced a positive educational outcome, as a result of attending our private, on-grounds school
  • The average length of stay is dependent upon medical necessity*
  • 87% of our referral sources, that completed a referral survey, said they would refer to our DBT program again in the future
  • 95% of our families served at Midwest Center for Youth and Families say they would recommend our program to others

Even more important is what our residents and families tell us about how their lives have been improved by our program.

Patient Satisfaction Survey and Effectiveness of Treatment

* There is no set length of stay for our residential DBT program. Each youth’s length of stay is determined by their unique strengths, needs and willingness to work through their individualized treatment plan. Additional factors may also impact a child’s length of stay in our program.  Coverage of the program is dependent upon clinical necessity and continued stay criteria.