Hennepin County Home School

The Hennepin County Home School is a state-licensed residential treatment center for juveniles ages 13 to 20 who have been committed by the court.

The facility provides a safe, secure, and healthy environment on a 167-acre rural setting.

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Visiting residents

Getting there

Metro Transit bus route 664 provides access to the facility.

Who can visit?

Visits are limited to:

  • Parents
  • Step-parents
  • Legal guardians
  • Custodial adults
  • Children of residents

Visiting rules

  • Visitors may check in 15 minutes before the start of the visit.
  • Visitors must present a valid picture identification (e.g., driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport, or a photo ID issued by social services, employer, military or school).
  • All visitors must go through a screening process (metal detector and pat search) to enter the facility beyond the lobby.
  • No one may wait in vehicles on County Home School property.
  • Personal items such as purses, wallets, and cell phones are not permitted in visiting areas.
    • Lockers are provided for storage during visits.
    • Items brought for a resident will be searched and inventoried by correctional staff.
  • Visitors are restricted to designated visiting areas.
  • Smoking is not allowed and no food or beverages may be brought on grounds. Coffee, pop, and snacks are available at the County Home School.
  • Visitors who are intoxicated, hostile or threatening, or who try to bring items that have not been checked by staff, will not be allowed to visit.
  • A visit will be ended if a visitor or the resident act violently or inappropriately.
  • Police will be called if visitors refuse to cooperate.

Visiting schedule

Day of the week Visiting hours Residents eligible for visits
Monday No visiting None
Tuesday No visiting None
Wednesday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. All residents
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All residents
Friday No visiting None
Saturday 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Girls Focus participants
Sunday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
STAMP & STAMP Plus participants
Adolescent & Family Sexual Health participants

Girl's Focus program

Girl's Focus is a residential gender and culturally-responsive treatment program for girls. It provides a safe, structured, therapeutic environment to promote the growth and rehabilitation of adolescent females who are at risk to themselves or to the community.

How the program works

Evidence-based and gender-responsive interventions target each young woman’s individual risk and need areas to stabilize, teach and develop skills and strategies that will better enable her to lead a safe and productive lifestyle when she returns to the community.

Short-term (90-120 days) residential program focuses on:

  • Stabilization
  • Short-term intervention
  • Engagement of family and community resources
  • Development of a comprehensive safety plan
  • Transition or return to the community with individualized treatment goals
  • Chemical dependency treatment

Long-term (6-9 month) residential program focuses on:

  • Community safety
  • Intensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Psychiatric consultation/monitoring of medications
  • Engagement of family and community resources
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Development of a comprehensive relapse prevention and safety plan
  • Transition or return to the community with individualized treatment goals and aftercare services

Eligibility

  • 13-18 years old
  • IQ of 75 and above
  • Court order
  • Current psychological assessment (within one year)
  • History of failed community-based interventions
  • Pattern of “acting out” behaviors resulting in harm to self or others
  • Pregnancy is NOT an exclusionary factor

Special circumstances requiring program director approval

  • Youth with IQ under 75
  • Youth who are age 18 at admission

Who is not eligible?

  • Youth who are actively suicidal or demonstrating psychotic behaviors/symptoms
  • Youth who have an adjudicated sex offense

Questions

Girl's Focus program supervisor Dena Lobb
Dena.Lobb@hennepin.us
Phone: 612-596-0655
FAX: 612-321-3450
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Short-term adolescent male programs

Short-term adolescent male programs (STAMP) are residential treatment programs for adolescent males at the Hennepin County Home School.

There are two programs:

  • STAMP is a 90-120 day intervention program for low to moderate risk youth
  • STAMP Plus is a 4-6 month intervention program for high risk youth

Both programs use cognitive behavioral therapy to change behavior and foster healthier ways of thinking and communicating.

How the programs work

Our approach is skill-based. Youth acquire new techniques and strategies to foster healthier ways of thinking and communicating that ultimately result in improved behavior.

Young males are empowered to promote positive change and impact individual development through responsibility, respect, empathy and renewing safe and healthy relationships within the community.

Both STAMP and STAMP Plus focus on:

  • Stabilization
  • Community safety
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation/monitoring of medication
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Engagement of family and community resources
  • Development of a comprehensive safety plan
  • Transition or return to the community with an individualized plan

Eligibility

  • Adolescent males 13-19 years old (18 and older need approval of program director)
  • Court order
  • IQ of 80 and above (IQ under 80 requires program director approval) or testing indicating cognitive functioning (minimum of fifth grade reading level)
  • Offense level of gross misdemeanor or felony

Additional eligibility for STAMP

  • Misdemeanor level offenses with failed probation supervision and community- based alternatives appropriate with director’s approval
  • Score of moderate-risk (9-22) on YLSI
  • Youth who score high (23-28) on YLSI will be considered with program director approval if they meet program exception criteria

Additional eligibility for STAMP Plus

  • Score of high-risk (23-34) on YLSI
  • Youth who score moderate on YLSI will be considered with program director approval if they meet exception criteria

Who is not eligible?

  • Youth who are actively suicidal or demonstrating psychotic behaviors/symptoms
  • Youth who have been adjudicated on sex offense
  • Youth who are considered to be extremely acting out violently
  • Youth who are identified by gang task force as gang leader/recruiter

Questions

STAMP programs supervisor Coddy Harris
Coddy.Harris@hennepin.us
Phone: 612-596-0643
FAX: 612-321-3449
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Adolescent & family sexual health services

Adolescent and family sexual health services is a state-certified treatment program at the Hennepin County Home School for youth who have committed sexual offenses or have sexual problems that disrupt their daily lives.

The program identifies services needed by each individual; matches them with the identified risk level; and provides caring, specialized treatment in a least-restrictive environment.

How the short-term residential program works

This 120 day structured intervention in the County Home School works with referral agencies, schools and families to design a client-centered treatment process to assist youth in returning to the community and outpatient services.

The program focuses on:

  • Stabilization
  • Short-term intensive intervention
  • Engagement of family and community resources
  • Development of a comprehensive safety plan
  • Transition or return to the community with individualized treatment goals
  • Chemical dependency treatment

Eligibility for short-term residential program

  • Low to moderate risk youth between the ages of 14 and 18
  • Youth adjudicated of a sexual offense, have a stay of adjudication for an offense, or are demonstrating sexual behavior problems
  • First-time or repeat offenders
  • Youth who are failing outpatient services
  • Youth who have completed treatment but are violating probation expectations and failing to follow through with after-care plans
  • Youth who don’t have a stable living environment and need community placement
  • Youth at risk if they stay in the community
  • Youth with significant chemical abuse concerns, especially if tied to sexually harmful behavior

How the long-term residential program works

This 12-14 month program in the County Home School includes comprehensive clinical services; psychosexual assessment; sexuality education; and individual, family and group therapy.

This program focuses on:

  • Community safety
  • Long-term intensive therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation/monitoring of medications
  • Engagement of family and community resources
  • Sexual health
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Development of a comprehensive relapse prevention and safety plan
  • Transition or return to the community with individualized treatment goals and aftercare services

Eligibility for long-term residential program

  • Youth between the ages of 14 and 17 ½, except for extended juvenile justice youth, who must enter program by age 18 ½
  • Youth who are adjudicated delinquent for a sexual offense (felony/gross misdemeanor/misdemeanor)
  • Youth who have completed a psychosexual evaluation, are identified as high risk and are recommended for long-term residential sex offender treatment
  • Youth who are at risk if they remain in the community because of safety concerns or behavior that requires out-of-home placement
  • Youth who have failed outpatient or residential programs
  • Youth demonstrating significant sexual deviancy, sexual aggression or patterned offending behaviors

How the outpatient program works

This 10-12 month family-centered program provides licensed, experienced professionals at three locations (Brooklyn Center, South Minneapolis and North Minneapolis) to help youth successfully integrate back into the community.

This program focuses on:

  • Low to moderate risk youth who are stable within the community and need community-based services
  • Sexual behavior problems within the context of individual, group and family therapy
  • Sex education and boundary related issues
  • Transition services for youth who have completed short-term and long-term residential programs

Eligibility for the outpatient program

  • Adolescent males and females ages 12 through 18 who have engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior
  • Children under the age of 12 who need intervention and education about healthy sexual behavior
  • Adolescents who have specialized needs with regard to their sexual behavior, such as youth with developmental disabilities or significant mental health concerns
  • Adolescents who have successfully completed residential gender-specific treatment programs and are in need of transition/aftercare services

Questions

Clinical supervisor Michelle Schmid-Egleston
Michelle.Schmid-Egleston@hennepin.us
Phone: 612-596-0627
FAX: 612-321-3444
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services

Transition services

We help juveniles prepare for successful return to the community and ensure that support and resources are in place.

Work and community service

We give residents the opportunity to work and earn money to pay their court-ordered obligations and to improve their ability to live productive, responsible lives when they return to their families and communities.

Education

Intermediate School District 287 provides education and vocational opportunities to all residents.

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