Group Home

Introduction:

The YAHA Group Home is a ten bed facility located at 395 City View Drive in Evanston. The Group Home was established in 1986 to provide long-term care to both boys and girls, ages 10-17 regardless of race, color, national origin, religious creed or disabilities.

 

The YAHA Group Home is certified by the Wyoming Department of Family Services.  YAHA is a member of the Wyoming Youth Services Association.

 

The Group Home is funded by the State of Wyoming, Uinta and Lincoln Counties, the City of Evanston, Federal Grants, United Way of Southwest Wyoming, local contributions and various other gifts and grants.
 

Types of Youth Served:

The YAHA Group Home provides services for youth that have been referred by Juvenile Court. The classifications include; children in need of protection, children in need of supervision (CHINS), and delinquent youth.

 

Youth who are admitted to the YAHA Group Home must meet the admissions criteria which include:

  • Nonviolent in nature
  • Not actively suicidal 
  • Not under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Not in need of a secure setting

 

Services Provided:

The YAHA Group Home offers a highly structured behavior modification program that consists of daily points and a system of six levels. This system encourages appropriate behavior through strength based learning.  As the youth advances through the levels, emphasis is placed on peer relationships, cooperation, respect, motivation, self-control, accepting responsibility and efforts towards treatment goals.

 

Youth placed in the Group Home participate in a variety of nightly educational groups in thinking errors, independent living, values and goals,  drug and alcohol diversion and others.  Youth also participate in recreational activities. There are also assigned treatment exercises in a variety of individualized topics.  All youth attend public school with emphasis placed on academic performance and appropriate behavior. We offer an education specialist who is a certified teacher to tutor and mentor our youth and assist them in reaching their educational goals. An individual service plan is developed for each youth to assist them in addressing and overcoming the issues that brought them to the Group Home. All youth receive therapeutic services which are provided by the local mental health agencies.

 

During the summer months the youth at the Group Home have the opportunity to participate in several programs including the Community Service, Education, Youth Animal Program,   and the YAHA Employment Program where the youth volunteer for the Forest Service and are paid from YAHA.

 

YAHA works closely with parents to ensure that the needs of the youth and the family are being met.

 

YAHA also offers the “Almost on Our Own” Program designed for older youth that will be entering independence.  Please see the tab titled "Almost On Our Own" Program under "More" for more information.