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 will be screened with a metal detector prior to entering the facility. In rare instances, a pat down may be necessary if a visitor repeatedly sets off the metal detector. 
  • 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 and snacks are available at the County Home School during visits.
  • 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 6–9 p.m. All residents
Thursday 8:30–11:30 a.m. All residents
Friday No visiting None
Saturday 3–5 p.m. Girls Focus participants
Sunday 3–5 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
  • Youth who act out violently, including a history of assaultive behavior 
  • Youth who have a history of fleeing from placement 

Questions

Kristi Cobbs, Girl's Focus program director 
Phone: 612-596-0550
FAX: 612-321-3443
kristi.cobbs@hennepin.us

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 act out violently, including a history of assaultive behavior 
  • Youth who have a history of fleeing from placement 
  • Youth who are identified by the gang task force as a gang leader/recruiter

Questions

Jada Williams, STAMP and STAMP Plus program director (act)
Phone: 612-596-0550
FAX: 612-321-3443
jada.williams@hennepin.us

Adolescent and family sexual health services

The Adolescent and Family Sexual Health Services Residential Treatment Program (AFSHS–RTP) is a state and county certified therapeutic treatment program offered at the Hennepin County Home School (HCHS), a non-secured juvenile facility located in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The AFSHS-RTP is a family-centered, sexual offense specific treatment program for the assessment and treatment of adolescent males who have offended in sexually inappropriate or harmful ways. AFSHS-RTP offers a comprehensive therapeutic approach including psychosexual and psychiatric evaluations, sexual health education, chemical dependency treatment, and individual, family and group therapy.

The AFSHS-RTP focuses on the need for corrective care and guidance to stop sexually abusive patterns, drawing on the resilience of youth and their abilities to achieve rehabilitation. Through caring and specialized treatment, youth can return to a healthier and more adaptive path of development.

Treatment theory

The AFSHS Program uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as the core component of its treatment program. DBT is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is effective with youth who have borderline personality tendencies, self-injurious and self-harming behaviors, or difficulty regulating their emotions. DBT also addresses symptoms of trauma/PTSD. The four key skills taught in DBT are mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. In addition to DBT, skill-based individual, group, and family sessions are provided. All staff are trained in coaching DBT skills daily in the living unit.

Short-term (120 days) residential program

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 criteria

  • Youth who are adjudicated of a sexual offense who have a stay of adjudication for a sexual offense (felony/gross-misdemeanor/misdemeanor) or who have a continuance in place with the potential to be granted the stay of adjudication for such offense.
  • Youth at least 14 years old but no more than 17 years, 6 months at the date of disposition. (Exception: Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile who must enter the program by 18 years, 6 months as defined by guidelines for dispositional recommendations with an indeterminate disposition.)
  • 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 and stabilization services in a residential setting
  • Youth at risk if they stay in the community
  • Youth with significant chemical abuse concerns, especially if tied to sexually harmful behavior
  • Youth who are currently in school working towards earning their high school diploma or G.E.D.

Youth ineligible for placement

  • Youth who are actively suicidal or demonstrating psychotic behaviors/symptoms
  • Youth who do not have an adjudicated sex offense
  • Youth who act out violently, including a history of assaultive behavior
  • Youth who have a history of fleeing from placement

Long-term (14-16 months) residential program

How the long-term residential program works

This 14-16-month program in the County Home School includes comprehensive clinical services; psychosexual assessment; sexuality education; and individual, family and group therapy.

The 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 criteria

Youth who are adjudicated of a sexual offense who have a stay of adjudication for a sexual offense (felony/gross-misdemeanor/misdemeanor) or who have a continuance in place with the potential to be granted the stay of adjudication for such offense.

  • Youth at least 14 years old but no more than 17 years, 6 months at the date of disposition. (Exception: Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile who must enter the program by 18 years, 6 months as defined by guidelines for dispositional recommendations with an indeterminate disposition.)
  • Youth who have completed a psychosexual evaluation, are identified as moderate to high risk and are recommend for long-term residential sexual offense specific treatment.
  • Youth who are at risk if they remain in the community because of safety concerns or behaviors that requires out of home placement.
  • Youth who have failed to complete an outpatient program or other residential programming.
  • Youth demonstrating significant sexual deviancy, sexual aggression or patterned offending behaviors.
  • Youth who are currently in school working towards earning their high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Minimum IQ level of 80.

All AFSHS referrals will have a psychosexual evaluation completed within the last calendar year prior to admission.

Youth ineligible for placement

  • Youth who are actively suicidal or demonstrating psychotic behaviors/symptoms
  • Youth who do not have an adjudicated sex offense
  • Youth who act out violently, including a history of assaultive behavior
  • Youth who have a history of fleeing from placement

Out of county referrals

Must meet referral criteria provided by the Hennepin County Home School – by contacting (612)-596-0550.  Inquiries will be directed to the intake staff as needed.

Questions

Dennis Franckowiak, AFSHS in-patient program director
Phone: 612-596-0550
Fax: 612-321-3443
dennis.franckowiak@hennepin.us

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.

Wellness Policy

County Home School's wellness policy (PDF)

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