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What is a Group Home and how is a youth referred to a Glove House Group Home?

A group home is a placement alternative that provides a structured living environment for children who require placement out of their home. This program is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Families (OCFS). Children must be in the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The program serves males and females, ages 10-18, who reside in the Southern Tier, Central, and Western New York. Generally, referrals are received from counties.


What is a Community Residence (CR) and how is a youth referred to the Glove House Community Residence?

A Community Residence is a placement that provides community based residential services for children with an Axis I diagnosis per a licensed psychiatrist. This program is licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). The program serves males and females, ages 12-18. Individuals referring children to this program must submit a referral packet.


What is the average age of youth in program at Glove House?

The average age is approximately 14.


What is the usual length of stay in one of the Glove House residential programs?

Time in care varies by the needs of the child and family. Average length of stay is about 12 months. This is reduced if a child is moving to Glove House from a higher level of care elsewhere.


Does a family pay for Glove House services?

Services are generally paid through County and State reimbursement based upon rates approved by the State of New York. Parents may be charged partially, through the Department of Social Services, for care dependent upon their income.


Does Medicaid/Medicare cover expenses incurred by care?

Medicaid does cover medical care of children in care. It also covers the cost of care for children in our Community Residence.


Does a child need to be adjudicated as a Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) or a Juvenile Delinquent (JD) to be eligible for Glove House programs?

A child does not have to be adjudicated PINS/JD in order to receive services.


What disciplinary techniques are utilized at Glove House?

Glove House professionals are thoroughly trained in behavior management techniques. Utilizing the Sanctuary Model of treatment, we work very hard to understand the dynamics behind a child’s behavior, rather than looking at the behavior itself. Establishing good relationships with children is also very helpful in moving them in the right direction.


What are some of the reasons that a youth may be removed from a Glove House Program?

If a child consistently displays behavior that creates unsafe situations for either themselves or for other children, they may not be in the appropriate level of care (example: children who continuously run from care and put themselves in unsafe situations in the community).


If a child is in a Glove House program until age 18, what happens when the youth is no longer of age to be in a group home setting or foster care program?

Youths can opt to voluntarily remain in DSS custody up to the age of 21. They can remain in group homes past their 18th birthday, pending placement in another supportive program. We also provide different levels of Independent Living Programs, where young people live in supervised apartment settings.

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