Community Works Lithia Springs Program provides education and residential treatment services in a nurturing and educational therapeutic environment that promotes personal growth and healing for youth ages 13 to 18 with behavioral and emotional problems and their families. We create safe, structured, positive and consistent opportunities to foster integrity, self-respect and responsible community living. The program includes:
Lithia Springs School, an alternative high school that offers individualized programming for youth with complex needs. These youth of promise pursue various educational options, including obtaining a GED, earning high school credit, or completing a high school diploma through individualized instruction and a low student-teacher ratio. Youth have an opportunity to learn job skills, build their resumes and earn a minimum wage at the on-site Mission Candles factory. The entire Lithia Springs staff, including residential care providers, mental health therapists, alcohol and drug therapists, caseworkers, and Mission Candles staff, meet weekly to coordinate educational, behavioral and therapeutic goals for each student.
Lithia Springs Residential Care provides 24-hour supervision, where youth experience a safe, caring, stable, and structured living environment. Our services include individual and group counseling, family treatment and reintegration, and behavioral management. Recreation and social activities, vocational services, and transition/aftercare services are also provided.
Lithia Springs Community Foster Care is a program for youth offenders and youth in the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) system that have demonstrated sufficient progress to advance to a less structured, more independent environment while continuing to participate in treatment services and attend school. These youth are typically 16 – 18 years old. They are placed in specialized foster homes in the surrounding community. Our foster care families give youth a chance to succeed by offering support and treatment services using evidence-based strategies to help youth move into the community and create a positive life path.
Treatment Services are offered to all youth as appropriate. These services include individual mental health therapy, addictions counseling, dual diagnosis group therapy, family counseling, and psychiatric support. Supporting youth in addressing their addiction and recovery issues while in placement is integral to their success.