Aurora House is a Youth Community Residence treatment program for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) classification. Aurora House is a co-ed, 24-hour supervised facility that houses a maximum of eight adolescents, ages 12-17. The treatment period is estimated to be from six months to one year. Youth attend school, work, volunteer, activities, and appointments within the local community.
Referrals are accepted from local mental heath providers and area inpatient psychiatric units, the Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, families and other service providers. The community residence is part of the western region "catchment" area, and provides services to youth from Niagara County and the surrounding counties of Western New York State. Our guiding principle is to provide a community based structured living setting that relies on competent 24-hour staff and a continuum of support from parents, local service providers, educators and other resources. The staffing component consists of the Program Manager, Clinical Case Coordinator, Program Specialist, Parent and Family Advocates, Team Leaders, Special Needs Youth Care Workers, and Night Watch.
Program services focus on individualized service care plans, education, therapy, daily and independent living skill instruction, medical management, and self-awareness of youth disabilities. The goal for every youth is to establish and achieve personal growth that will enable them to return to their families and localities, independent living or chosen housing goal, as soon as appropriate.
External Links of Interest
- Juvenile Detention Association of New York State
- Missing Kids
- New York State Department of Mental Health
- Niagara County
- New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
- New York State Office of Children and Family Services
- Niagara County Sheriff's Department
- Children's Defense Fund
- Central Referral Services - Niagara County
- Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County
By The Numbers...
In 2016, Community Missions provided:
• 11,104 nights of shelter
• 89,366 meals
• 6,744 individuals with clothing
• 2,295 care days in Youth Services
• 46,888 care days in Recovery Services
• 73,994 care days in Housing Services
• 182 opportunities for Faith Development