The Norris Residential Treatment Program provides treatment, education, and therapeutic recreational services for boys ages 12-17 and their families. Every youth lives in an environment that specializes in his individualized treatment needs as determined through an initial assessment process. Family and youth treatment interventions include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as evaluating and treating psychiatric, psychological and medical needs. Educational assessments and learning plans are provided via the Norris Academy. Each residential unit at Norris is specialized to address treatment needs related to sexuality issues, mental health and AODA. Norris utilizes the Risking Connection® model, which teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. The focus is on relationship as healing, and on self-care for service providers.
The goal of the residential program is to provide a safe, structured and intensive treatment environment where youth and families can focus on building the skills and resilience to assist the youth to transition back into the community as soon as possible. Developing a relationship with each client and family is key to developing their support system. After all, youth and families who have experienced trauma need someone that can help them navigate life's difficulties and become a trusted source of information, services and advocacy.
Our boys do not differ from the average run of boys elsewhere. The trouble with them has been that they were placed in unfortunate circumstances through no fault of their own, as a rule, and at too tender an age to extricate themselves without help. ~Niel Norris
At this time, all youth are placed in our residential treatment program subsequent to a dispositional juvenile or child protective services order. We are currently not accepting private insurance or private-pay. Referrals can be made by the respective County agency responsible for overseeing the dispositional order.