Safety At Elevations RTC

Safety plays a huge role in the decision of placing your child in residential care. We want you as parents to feel assured that we have systems in place to keep your child safe.  Elevations is licensed by the State of Utah Department of Human Services and the Joint Commission. Through these two agencies, strict safety standards and systems are put into place. At Elevations, we go above and beyond these requirements by holding ourselves to higher standards and continuous improvement.

Hiring Procedures of Staff

The State of Utah Department of Human Services and the Joint Commission require us to carry out specific systems during the hiring process of staff. All staff must be fingerprinted and a background check must be carried out. These processes ensure Elevations, Layton, Utah, September 9, 2016.safe hiring practices. 

When a position requires a license or credential, we do a license and credential check before hiring them. We also require them to keep their license or credential current throughout their employment at Elevations.

Training processes

Staff training is an integral component to our overall philosophy regarding the safety of students. We believe that safe policies and practices can only be carried out by individuals who are well trained to do so. New employees are provided with 80 hours of training, which far exceeds the required 20 hours of training per licensing and accreditation standards.

Additionally, we are required to meet a minimum 30 hours for annual training. We meet or exceed this number every year. Some years we have upwards of 80 hours of training for each staff member. Each month, we carry out facility training and each department carries out monthly training sessions.

Supervision of students

Our staff to student ratio during waking hours is 1:5. Oftentimes we far exceed that. For instance, if students are in class, we will have milieu staff to assist in supervision. Additionally, there is overnight student supervision during sleeping hours by staff who meet the same training requirements mentioned above.

Precautions and other preventative procedures

Safety and security measures are in place to prevent students from harming themselves or others. If any licensed independent practitioner (such as a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist) believes a student is at risk for self harm or suicidal thoughts, the student is placed on what is called precautions. Precautions involves an increased amount of staff supervision.

Students on precaution are always within arms length of a staff member and are under limited access to items which they could use to harm themselves. The staff member records the student’s behaviors and mental/emotional status while they are under this high level of care and supervision

Another preventative intervention that can be ordered by a licensed independent practioner is  dorm restrictions. Dorm restrictions are put into place if a student is at risk for elopement. Through dorm restrictions, students carry out the majority of programming within the secure part of our facility. Students under dorm restrictions have school brought to them and are still involved in group activities.  

As a residential care facility, we have the ability to constantly assess students for risky or unsafe behaviors in order to develop preventions to address those behaviors. While some of our interventions are process oriented like precautions or dorm restrictions, others may be more individualized based on specific behaviors a student is exhibiting.

Campus visits from regulators

Regulators from a variety of agencies visit campus on a regular basis in order to review the program and make sure our procedures are safe and compliant to requirements. A regulator from The State of Utah Department of Human Services visits once a year to conduct a full review of campus. This individual reviews policies and procedures, carries out observations, speaks with students without the presence of staff, and reviews documentation and paperwork. The state regulator also reviews our incident reports and ensures that we are following through with making improvements based on identified trends. In addition to the annual formal review, the regulator visits the campus intermittently throughout the year.

The Joint Commission carries out a full review every 18-36 months. The Department of Health comes on site at least once a year to review the kitchen and health concerns. Lastly, our academic programming (Elevations Academy) is reviewed by the corresponding accrediting bodies which include California Department of Education (NonPublic School Division) and AdvancED/NWAC.

Improving Organizational Performance

The Improving Organizational Performance (IOP) Committee meets monthly to review incidents and discuss trends and observations that impact student and staff safety. If safety concerns are identified, the committee develops an improvement plan to be implemented and monitored in order to improve the overall safety of the campus as well as continue to strengthen the rich culture of safety awareness that exists.

At Elevations RTC, we are passionate about the continuous improvement of our program. Not only does the IOP Committee address safety issues but other things that are identified through other measures such as student, staff, and parent surveys, Student Advisory Board, department meetings, parent discussion groups, physical plant observations, etc as opportunities for improvement. We genuinely believe that there always ways to get better and to improve. That’s the spirit in which we do our IOP meeting.

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