The Rutherford House

Services

All services provided by our agency are intended to help the adolescent improve his/her chances of becoming a law abiding, employable resident of a community, not just a consumer of public services.

Compliance with Prison Rape Elimination Act

In compliance with the Department of Justice Rutherford House exercises zero tolerance toward sexual abuse, sexual harassment and physical harm. Residents have a right to have a safe, helpful and caring environment. There will be no retaliation for reporting any legitimate incidents of abuse, neglect or harassment. All complaints will be investigated according to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. A resident may report abuse or harassment to a Direct Care Staff, a Program Director or an Administrative Staff. A grievance box and a "hot line" are also provided. Rutherford House has a MOU(Memorandum of Understanding) with Project Celebration to report outside the facility any violation to the PREA standards.

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Agency Policy

In compliance with Section 115.322 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards, Rutherford House has provided policies to ensure referrals of allegations for investigations.

Investigations

In compliance with PREA Policy 115.322, the Shreveport Police Department will conduct all criminal investigations due to sexual abuse or physical harm.

Reporting Abuse

If you suspect sexual abuse has happened at Rutherford House, you may call the Director, Ira Tieuel at 318-222-0222, one of the Assistant Directors, Dorthea Palmer-Foster or Patrick Payne 425-3303 and 862-1045 or the Shreveport Police Department at 318-673-7020. We have advocacy through the "Project Celebration" which is a sexual assault center. Abuse or suspected abuse may also be reported to their hot line number which is 318-227-7900. If you feel a resident is being abused you may also contact the Office of Juvenile Justice Family and Community Liaison at 1-800-584-3941 or the Investigative Services Hotline at 1-800-626-1430. All reports of criminal sexual abuse or assault are investigated by the Shreveport Police Department.

Data Review for Corrective Action and Publication

In compliance with Section 115.388 of the PREA Standards, Rutherford House has reviewed data collected and aggregated pursuant to Section 115.387 in order to assess and impose the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including: 1. Identifying problem areas 2. Taking corrective action on an ongoing basis 3. Preparing an annual report of its findings and corrective actions Also, in compliance with Section 115.389 of the PREA Standards, Rutherford House shall make all aggregated sexual abuse data readily available to the public at least annually. Audit Report Rutherford House will be audited pursuant to Section 115.401 of the PREA Standards. That report will be accessible after the audit is complete.

EDUCATIONAL/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Rutherford House offers residents an innovative on grounds school concept in cooperation with the Caddo Parish School System. Courses required for graduation from either Junior High or High School are taught by both teachers provided by Caddo Parish and Rutherford House Staff. Vocational counseling/education and a HiSet (formerly GED) program are also available. Our main school program is part of the Caddo Public School System with credits earned fully accepted at any other public school. A summer program supported by Rutherford House allows residents to earn additional credits. The school awards grades at all secondary levels, grades 7-12. We also maintain a non-graded special education department. Regular ceremonies are held to recognize individual academic and/or athletic achievement. Virtually all Rutherford House residents attend our school. Caddo Parish supplies six main-stream and one special education teacher along with two aides. Special tutors, the HiSet (formerly the GED) program, physical education, vocational education and computer basic skill instruction are handled by Rutherford House staff. Most of our residents are functioning below the seventh grade level with many at or below the third grade level. If possible, parents are involved in the academic plan for their child. The HiSet program is operated by Rutherford House with the final test being administered by Caddo Parish School System. Students study at Rutherford House with a certified instructor and counselor until test scores are high enough to indicate that they can pass the HiSet. If the HiSet is awarded and the resident is not ready for home placement, he/she is then placed in a paid work situation at Rutherford House, paid work in the community, or goes into a post secondary education program. Summer paid work opportunities are generally provided by our agency. Residents unable to earn regular school credit or work successfully toward a HiSet are placed in the Rutherford vocational programs. Currently our agency operates a basic construction program together with a small engine/auto repair shop.

INDIVIDUAL, GROUP AND FAMILY COUNSELLING

All members of the treatment team participate in formal and informal counseling sessions. Presently a Board Certified M.S.W. and a licensed professional counselor design each resident's ISP and Masters level counselors implement the various strategies. At minimum each student assigned by OJJ receives twenty hours of individual, family and/or group counseling. Rutherford House utilizes both off campus and on campus drug counseling and therapy. Residents are assessed upon entry into Rutherford House concerning possible drug abuse. Residents that are determined to need specialized drug counseling or therapy are assigned to drug groups which normally meet on a weekly basis. All residents receive drug education. Residents who have been identified as victims of crime -usually physical and/or sexual abuse -are counseled on a weekly basis by the Crime Victims Counselor.

RECREATION

Both inside and outside recreational activities are designed to develop skills, coordination, and sportsmanship. Team sports include volleyball, basketball, softball and bowling. Our agency developed and oversees a sports league utilizing local group homes for inter-agency competition This program encourages all residents to participate, not just those with athletic ability. Games are played at the Rutherford House gymnasium and a field provided by the City of Shreveport for our use. Each living facility has an outside basketball net and playing area. Leisure time activities include: board games, dominoes, bingo, card and electronic games. Limited television viewing is permitted, dependent on progress level and other activities. Family rated DVDs are provided for non-school night use. Residents who are making progress in treatment are taken to local movie theaters, high school and college sporting events, swimming, skating and local cultural activities.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

In an attempt to teach our residents to be socially responsible, all placements at Rutherford House are involved in weekly volunteer projects. Other non-profit groups may request assistance from our residents. Volunteer projects are generally scheduled for Saturdays.

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS

Upon entry into Rutherford House residents begin to learn skills necessary to live independently. All staff members are considered teachers. They offer training in proper personal hygiene; clothing/personal needs purchasing, household chores, laundry and food preparation. In addition, computerized programs and formal classes offer further assistance in developing a workable plan for independence. Rutherford House currently employs an instructor to teach independent living skills utilizing the Education Associates Program. Ansell Casey Independent Living Skills Assessment to determine needs. The T.A.B.E. (Test of Adult Basic Education) is used to determine grade level strengths and weaknesses in math, reading and language.

EDUCATIONAL/VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Rutherford House offers residents an innovative on grounds school concept in cooperation with the Caddo Parish School System. Courses required for graduation from either Junior High or High School are taught by both teachers provided by Caddo Parish and Rutherford House Staff. Vocational counseling/education and a HiSet (formerly GED) program are also available. Our main school program is part of the Caddo Public School System with credits earned fully accepted at any other public school. A summer program supported by Rutherford House allows residents to earn additional credits. The school awards grades at all secondary levels, grades 7-12. We also maintain a non-graded special education department. Regular ceremonies are held to recognize individual academic and/or athletic achievement. Virtually all Rutherford House residents attend our school. Caddo Parish supplies six main-stream and one special education teacher along with two aides. Special tutors, the HiSet (formerly the GED) program, physical education, vocational education and computer basic skill instruction are handled by Rutherford House staff. Most of our residents are functioning below the seventh grade level with many at or below the third grade level. If possible, parents are involved in the academic plan for their child. The HiSet program is operated by Rutherford House with the final test being administered by Caddo Parish School System. Students study at Rutherford House with a certified instructor and counselor until test scores are high enough to indicate that they can pass the HiSet. If the HiSet is awarded and the resident is not ready for home placement, he/she is then placed in a paid work situation at Rutherford House, paid work in the community, or goes into a post secondary education program. Summer paid work opportunities are generally provided by our agency. Residents unable to earn regular school credit or work successfully toward a HiSet are placed in the Rutherford vocational programs. Currently our agency operates a basic construction program together with a small engine/auto repair shop.

NUTRITIONAL AND MEAL PROGRAM

Breakfast and lunch are served in the Rutherford House cafeteria during the week. Night meals are provided at the agency cafeteria as well as local restaurants. New residents and residents not making progress in our program are served at the agency cafeteria. Those residents who are doing well are often given the opportunity to eat dinner off campus. All meals are supervised by Rutherford House staff. All meals are supervised by a licensed nutritionist and the School food Service. Menus are written in advance, filed and maintained for at least one year.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH

Since many of our residents are restricted to Rutherford House property, especially during the initial stages of placement, our agency developed a non-denominational church program that is in session on Sunday mornings. The material presented stresses values and the importance of helping others. Rutherford House staff volunteers their time to this program. Non-traditional religious sects can be accommodated by on campus visits by the appropriate spiritual leaders.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL NEEDS

Rutherford House utilizes the state medical card and relies on local providers for routine care and Schumpert Highland Health Center for emergency care. Fortunately, the Shreveport area has an abundance of professionals who accept the card for most medical needs. Rutherford House employs a registered nurse and contracts with a psychiatrist who together supervise the medical needs of the agency.