When our doors first opened in 1882, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky operated as an orphanage in the truest sense of the word. Our Home served as a safe haven for war orphans and kids with parents unable to provide the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. But as the need for orphanages waned across the United States in the 1970s, we turned our attention to what was fast becoming a community need – residential treatment for abused, neglected, and at-risk youth.
Private Child Care (PCC) Residential Treatment
Launched in 1980 and still in operation today, our PCC residential treatment program serves boys who are between 7 and 17 years old. These young residents are in state custody due to abuse and neglect in their families of origin, and they’ve been placed at CHNK by Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS).
Many of the youth in this program are dealing with behavioral health issues (e.g., aggression, impulse control, sexual acting out) that have arisen from adverse childhood experiences. Our employees provide them with therapeutic interventions needed to recover from past trauma. These interventions include individual and group therapy. Also, when permitted by DCBS, family therapy is also offered, as well as family visits, phone calls, and/or home visits.
Youth in PCC Residential Treatment live on either our Devou Park campus or our second residential treatment campus in Burlington, Kentucky. Each campus houses two family-style cottages for this program, with younger residents staying at the Devou Park campus and teenage residents living at the Burlington campus.
Trained residential treatment specialists, shift leaders, and case managers work together as a team to oversee daily cottage life, and an activities coordinator ensures youth in treatment have healthy extracurricular opportunities that advance social skills, build self-esteem, improve communication skills, and develop independent living skills.
Referrals into this program must come from DCBS; for additional information regarding admission requirements, call 1.844.YES.CHNK or visit our Make a Referral page.
Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Residential Treatment
We also operate the first and (currently) only Substance Use Disorders Residential Treatment Program in Northern Kentucky. Services are geared specifically towards male and female youth between the ages of 13 and 18, who are battling addiction.
Treatment needs are determined through an initial screening and comprehensive assessment; once admitted into the program, youth live on 26 private acres within the natural beauty of Devou Park, which provides a serene and safe treatment environment.
Length of treatment varies based on each individual client and his/her unique needs. More than 40 hours of structured therapeutic services, with a minimum of 10 hours of therapy, are provided weekly.
During treatment, clients have access to Apex Learning digital curriculum; this online credit recovery program assists students who need to recover course credits in order to graduate high school.
Additionally, CHNK has integrated physical healthcare into its behavioral healthcare services, so youth have access to not just therapists and a psychiatrist, but also a pediatrician, RN, and LPN.
Payment options for our SUD Residential Treatment program include Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay. Our Billing Service Manager works closely with each client to identify the most cost-effective option; we also offer financial assistance for clients who choose to not use their insurance for payment.
Referrals into this program do not need to come through DCBS; anyone can make a referral. For additional information, call 1.844.YES.CHNK or visit our Make a Referral page.
Burlington Residential Operations Manager
Covington Residential Operations Manager