At a Glance Youth Quest’s mission is to give at-risk youth with mental illnesses or various behavioral and emotional problems the potential for success by providing treatment homes, support staff, and a broader base of life-enhancing skills that enable youth to live more productive lives. Serves: At-risk youth ages 13-18 with mental illnesses Scope: About 10-20 at-risk teens every 3-6 months Services: Mental illness support Size: 2 full-time staff, 7-11 therapeutic homes (with 20+ support staff) Structure: Over 60% is state funding (Medicaid and Health Choice), with less than 10% support from private foundations Overview Youth Quest (YQ) treats at-risk teens with two or more mental illnesses—such as ADHD or bipolar disorder—by providing therapeutic foster care. YQ currently has about 7-11 therapeutic homes, each staffed by a foster care couple licensed by the state. Patients typically stay in a home for 3-6 months, receiving academic, social, and emotional support. The goal for youth in therapeutic foster care is to maintain placement or leave to a lower level of care. In 2010, 64% of youth were able to maintain placement, and 18% of youth were discharged to a less costly and/or less restrictive level of care. This fairly innovative, evidence-based program differs from traditional group home models, where several patients are placed in a home together.
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