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Camp Summit's program is based on the Normative Model, a research based program that defines the culture at our facility for students and staff. This model involves teaching students skills such as problem solving, decision-making, anger management, communication, etc. The guidelines for acceptable student behavior are defined by the general orders, norms and rules of the facility. Some of the tools that are used to modify student behavior include SAMS and WHIPS (problem solving), a token economy (point system based on behavior), and disciplinary system that is directly connected to the general orders, norms and rules.

Individual Plans are developed for each student based upon their individual needs. These Plans are updated continuously by multi-disciplines treatment teams.
Individual Aftercare Plans are developed for each student prior to their graduation from the program to ensure a successful re-entry into their community.

The following groups, services, and programs are offered at Camp Summit:

Substance Abuse Education & Treatment Group:  This program provides an overview of the psychosocial and physiological effects for substance abuse and addiction. Higher risk users also receive therapy from a qualified mental health professional.  All students at Camp Summit struggling in this area are required to complete this group prior to graduation from the program. This is one of the major needs areas of most of our students. 

Why Try: Students learn ten (10) visual metaphors, such as the Reality Ride, Tearing off Labels, Defense Mechanisms, etc.  These metaphors teach and help students explore new social skills and coping skills techniques to break old behavior patterns and to achieve opportunity, freedom, and self respect in their lives.  Students complete assignments that involve writing, art, music, and physical activities to practice their skills. During the final phase of the program they are engaged in the National Guard’s Mobile Team Challenge program to assist the students in learning how to apply the skills to their criminogenic needs, their high risk factors, and their life upon release.

TRIP: Treatment Readiness and Induction Program (TRIP), a motivation, engagement, and mapping-enhancement group.  TRIP was created by Texas Christian University and is listed on the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidenced-Based Practices.  TRIP is an eight (8) module, eight (8) session program that is designed for delivery with youth who are in the recruit phase or orientation/induction phase of treatment.  The goal of TRIP is to help engage youth in the treatment process, to improve life skills and decision making, and to strengthen their commitment to remaining in treatment in order to fully address their treatment goals.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: DBT is conducted individually and in group by Camp Summit’s mental health professional.  At Camp Summit, DBT is facilitated in two different groups: Advanced Defense Mechanisms and Making a Change.           

Advanced Defense Mechanisms is the ongoing version of DBT for chronic care youth.  This group will assist youth who regularly struggle in dealing with chronic issues of frustration tolerance, anger management, impulsivity, acting out, and other regular behavior problems.  These youth also may experience regular difficulty dealing with stress management, pressure situations, and certain difficult people, places, and situations.  The group’s main focus will be to teach youth additional defense mechanisms from a menu of dialectical behavior therapy skills/techniques.  Youth who are enrolled in the program will complete all 14 DBT sessions successfully.  Youth may spend a majority of their Division of Youth Services (DYS) commitment in this program in order to master the skills. 
Making a Change will be a crisis intervention and behavior change process group for youth who are temporarily struggling with functioning in the facility.  Its main focus is providing additional defense mechanisms from a menu of dialectical behavior therapy skills/techniques to youth who are in crisis.  Making a Change will provide more intensive assistance for youth who struggle in dealing with intermittent issues of frustration tolerance, anger management, impulsivity, acting out, and other behavior problems and/or difficulty dealing with stress management, pressure situations, and certain difficult people, places, and situations.  For youth who are referred to Making a Change, the Mental Health Professional (MHP) will analyze the appropriate DBT skills that could provide relief to the youth.  The MHP, in group, will help the youth learn the skills, apply the skills to their needs, and track if the skills have assisted them in returning to an acceptable level of functioning in the facility.  Once the youth seems to be managing his crisis over time, he is released from the program. 

Restorative Justice Program:  This is a program based on the idea that when a student commits a crime against a victim or the community that the student has an obligation to restore the losses occurred to the victim or community.  This idea not only holds the student accountable for their actions but also empowers the victim by making them an active participant in the juvenile justice system. Restitution, community service, and victim-offender mediation create awareness in offenders of the harmful consequences of their actions for victims, require offenders to take action to make amends to victim and the community, and, whenever possible, involve victims directly in the justice process.  The various parts of the program include: The Gang Graffiti Abatement Program (cleaning up of graffiti in the community), The Community Victim Impact Panel (victims, in general, speak of their experiences of being crime victims), and The Victim-/Perpetrator Conference (brings the specific victim and perpetrator together to discuss the incident that happened and the impact the negative behavior has had on the victim).

Second Chance Act Projects: The Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force (IJJTF) and Aftercare through Indiana for Mentor (AIM) have partnered with Indiana Division Youth Services (IDYS) to implement two (2) Second Chance Act projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs-Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). As part of these projects, youth from Marion and Hendricks Counties will have an opportunity to receive services including multi-systemic home-based therapy and mentoring focusing on reentry planning, while in the facilities and upon their return home. Youth from Elkhart County will participate in the mentoring component in the facilities and upon return home. In addition, all Marion and Hendricks county youth participating in the project will attend the AIM Reentry Academy for the first month upon release.  At the Academy they will receive life skill and socialization training; employment, educational and housing assistance; community-based referrals; and structured group activities for mentors and mentees. Youth from Elkhart County will participate in the mentoring component and will be connected to community-based programs upon their release, but will not be participating in the home-based counseling component.

Inmate into Work: Also known as I2W, program designed to equip students with skills to enable them to get a job in the foodservice industry.  The program teaches them responsibility, kitchen basics and sanitation skills.  They also have the opportunity to obtain a Servesafe certification which is recognized throughout the country and is a requirement for every foodservice establishment. 

Education: Camp Summit has one (1) full time Principal, six (6) full time High School/GED teachers in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Health & Physical Education and Mathematics, and one (1) teacher for Post Secondary/ Reentry/Vocational Programs. We also have one (1) Computer Lab teaching Assistant, one (1) Transition Coordinator and one (1) Special Education Secretary. Our school is a State and NCA (North Central Association) accredited and offers High School, GED, and Vocational/Post Secondary courses in Personal Finance, Serve Safe certification college prep classes. Our students can earn multiple credits in subjects such as Math, English, Social Studies and various other courses that are available in the Computer Lab. Students who are 16 years or older are encouraged to complete their GED prior to graduation especially if they have a limited accumulation of High School credits. All students have an Individual Learning Plan that outlines their individual needs. Special Education Services are provided to students who meet the classification standards. 

Physical Fitness: All students at Camp Summit are required to take part in physical fitness. The program consists of calisthenics, running, a weight lifting circuit course, and structured recreation including basketball, soccer, volleyball, and touch football.  Students are required to take tests on various sports and activities for which they can earn High School credits for physical fitness.  Students must also pass a military based physical fitness test prior to their graduation from the program.

Mentoring: Provides each student with a weekly meeting with a Camp Summit Staff member which, like all staff , serves as a role model and guide through our program. This meeting is an opportunity to for students to discuss concerns and get feedback from staff as they progress through the program.

Tutoring: With the assistance of volunteers from the community students are provided with professional tutors to assist them on a weekly basis with their educational needs.

HIV/STD Awareness: This is provided quarterly by a volunteer and is a hour and a half workshop that teaches the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases as well as prevention.

Sex Education and Parenting Education: This is a program that will be offered to students who currently have children or who are expecting children in the near future.  This program will provide students with information on childcare and responsibilities.

Bookmobile: This service is provided by the La Porte County Public Library every other Monday. Students who have reached Senior status in the program have the privilege of checking out books from the Bookmobile.

Religious Services: Camp Summit meets the religious needs of our students by offering services per the Religious Services Master Design. Per policy, these services are provided with the coordination of our Community Involvement Coordinator.