RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS:
Educational support and advocacy
Therapeutic intervention in the form of individual, group, and family therapy
Recreational and leisure activities
Independent living skills (driver’s permits, schooling/training, birth certificates, social security cards)
Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
Cultural/Religious programming, activities and advocacy
Outpatient chemical dependency
Health care-medical, dental, eye and other relevant needs or requests
Each resident will have a treatment plan. Treatment plan development will be based upon placement critical goals as identified by the placing agent, along with input from the entire treatment team, including the resident and resident’s parent/guardian. Treatment plans are reviewed monthly.
Little Sand Group Homes contracts with licensed therapists who provide on-site individual therapy. The therapists provide family therapy when requested, as well as weekly skills and educational groups to the residents. The consulting therapists meet with Little Sand Group Homes staff each week in order to assist in addressing the individualized needs of each resident. Additional psychological and psychiatric services, such as evaluations and medication management are available from specified providers within the surrounding communities.
Little Sand offers a large variety of structured daily recreation and leisure activities year round.
During the school year, weekly activities and outings include:
Sledding and Ice Skating
Plays and Performances
YMCA swimming and fitness activities
During the summer, activities include:
Specialized Summer Activities and Skill Building Program
Canoeing & Boating
Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Croquet and other outdoor games
DNR Nature activities
LSGH Olympics (Residents participate in a variety of events and win Olympic-Iike ribbons and medals over a three day period. A large award ceremony with a celebration dinner and fun activities follow.
Little Sand residents are offered a variety of educational opportunities, all of which are overseen by School District 118, specifically Northland High School and Elementary School. Educational placement is determined by the treatment team upon intake and is modified accordingly over the course of the resident’s stay. The Little Sand Program Director, along with case managers, meet with school staff, including the school principal, guidance counselor, and special education director every two weeks to discuss the residents’ academic progress and keep abreast of any issues or concerns as they arise.
Mainstream Public School
On-site alternative setting
Computerized Self-Paced Curriculum
Little Sand Summer School
Post-Secondary option available through Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN