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Betamarsh

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Betamarsh

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Betamarsh Incorporated was established in 1981 with the first program called Homestead Life Skills Group Home and over the years, as the needs of the children became apparent, other programs were developed under the umbrella of Betamarsh Incorporated. All past and present programs within Betamarsh work with a strength-base philosophy that is relevant to both the participants as well as the staff.

Betty Bedard Bidwell understood that in order to generate a safe haven for each child, it was essential to create a therapeutic milieu away from the city pressures and at a place that was rural for a more peaceful environment. In the rural settings, the children have the opportunity to care for animals; creating an environment of unconditional love and acceptance. The gardens and conversational settings create a setting of safety, allowing each child to be in a therapeutic position to address their traumatic backgrounds. Betty Bidwell is a certified Art & Play Psychotherapist who uses her skills to help the children address their fears so that they can proceed with their life journey in a successful, safe manner.

Along with the personal work the youth are encouraged to take, Betty Bidwell has always supported a high level of professional standards with staff, providing them with opportunities for professional development and growth.

Referral & Admissions

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Betamarsh Incorporated reaches out to agencies to make them aware of the different programs that are available, as well as if there are openings in one (or more) of the programs. Agencies will often phone the Placement Manager and send a referral package to Betamarsh with the hope that the youth will be a fit and is accepted. A verbal referral is first given and the Placement manager will determine which program would be best suited for the youth who is being referred. Then the Placement Manager, Program Manager and Executive Director will meet to review the application to ensure proposed treatment plan would be the best suited for the applicant. A summary will be written up about the youth which includes a baseline assessment that determines the focus of treatment, as well as recommendations as to what Betamarsh can offer this young person. A placement review may be requested by Betamarsh and his/her social worker as well as the youth to determine further needs of the child and to obtain their input to the placement and the treatment plan. The next stage would be a pre-placement visit for the youth. At this point, the placing agency would consult as to the date of admission provided that the youth is in agreement with the placement as well as the treatment plan.

Documentation

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At the time of referral, Betamarsh requires the following documentation on the youth
  • Social History                                                
  • Agency Reports                                               
  • Medical Information      
  • Psychiatric Evaluation                                               
  • Psychological Assessment                                               
  • Educational Information      
  • Court Issues                                   
  • Discharge summary from the last program                                    
  • Youth’s personal details of strengths, interests, areas of concern, hobbies, habits and routines.                  
Throughout the time the youth is with Betamarsh the following documentation is kept in a file that is reviewed on a yearly basis by the Ministry of Family and Children’s Services:
  • Identifying Information
  • Referral Package
  • Social History
  • Psychological Information/ Therapy Reports
  • Medical Appointments, Medications, Recommendations
  • Educational History & present
  • Personal Information
  • Contact with Social Workers
  • Group Work (Life Skills, Social Skills, etc.)
  • Court Issues
  • Family Contact
  • Incident Reports/ Serious Occurrences
  • Plans for Special Holidays, March, Summer, Christmas • Cultural, Educational,   Family Involvement & Recreational Goals for the Year
  • Seven Day Initial Summary
  • Six 30 day Plans of Care
  • Discharge Summary

Each report is sent to the Placing Agency Social Worker in charge of the Youth as they are part of the Treatment Team. There will be regular contact by the Primary Worker and the Social Worker. There will also be regular contact with the youth’s school by the Primary worker.

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