Ashley Melson

The White Fields Continuum of Care model is very distinct in that it offers our boys opportunities to build long-lasting, stable, and healthy connections that are harder to maintain in more time-limited programs. Due to behavior requirements for higher levels of care and age restrictions, most group home residents are forced to move or transfer to a new facility when they reach a certain age or make a certain amount of behavioral progress. Whatever the reason for their transitions, any move has the potential to create additional layers of trauma, and at the very least forces children to make new friends, transfer to a new school, and build relationships with new adults. Because White Fields has multiple levels of care on campus, we are able to help our boys make the transition to lower levels of care while maintaining the relationships and stability that have been so vital to their progress.

At this time, White Fields is the only group home in Oklahoma that offers the levels necessary to care for children whose needs range from intensive behavioral management to simply a loving, stable foster home. Even better, those children are able to stay at White Fields as they progress and as their needs change. Because children typically stay at White Fields for a long period of time, our staff is able to continually assess their treatment needs and make adjustments as necessary. Additionally, providing treatment from all angles allows us to truly help children make lasting, significant changes in how they relate to people and the world in general. Our individual and art therapists, psychiatrist, direct care staff, and recreational coordinator meet daily to discuss residents’ progress and reevaluate our interventions. This team-based, multidisciplinary approach ensures that the goals a child is working on in therapy are carried over into their daily activities and interactions.

In addition to the evaluation mechanisms we have in place (daily log ratings, formal behavior assessments, treatment plans, etc), we also measure the effectiveness of our program by significant and developmentally-appropriate milestones. In 2012-2013, 10 boys were able to transition from the D+ to the C level. This means that they had learned sufficient coping skills and processed their trauma to the point that they no longer required the 24-hour, intensive supervision offered at D+, and were able to transition into a moderately structured houseparent model, where they began to learn what a healthy family looks like. Five boys transitioned from C to the foster care level, meaning that they were ready to live in a traditional family setting. Additionally, 10 boys were able to transition from our on-campus, heavily structured and supervised school to a full day at Deer Creek Public Schools, where they were able to participate in educational and extracurricular activities that further contributed to their growth and healing. Three boys made sufficient progress that they were able to be reunified with their families, and three were adopted or placed in families in the surrounding community.

Our continuum of care is very unique and focuses on complete healing and restoration of every single child in our care.

Ashley Melson, Clinical Coordinator

Ashley Melson


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