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Park Street Program

PROGRAM NAME Park Street Program
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Park Street Program is a community-based residential program serving adolescent males with sexual harming behavior.  Our primary goals are to provide the residents with the skills necessary to avoid sexual acting out or harming others, to care about themselves and others, and to be responsible for their behavior.
WHO WE SERVE The Park Street Program provides services for 10 adolescent males (ages 12-17) with sexual harming behaviors and their families.  Youth referred to Park Street must either have a substantiation or adjudication of sexual abuse or have an evaluation that supports the need for further assessment or intensive treatment to address sexualized behaviors.
WHERE WE PROVIDE SERVICES The Park Street Program is a campus that includes residential housing (73 Park Street), an administrative building where therapy services are offered (77 Park Street) and the Fay Honey Knopp educational program (71 Park Street) which are all located on Park Street in Rutland, Vermont.
  • The central components of the residential program are:
    • 90 day Assessment to determine treatment needs
    • Long-Term Treatment,Skill Building and Transitional Services
    • Short term stabilization and respite for parents and foster parents for clients who previously received treatment at Park Street
  • Our therapeutic milieu, along with individual treatment plans, include goals and objectives that address sexually abusive behaviors both as victims and perpetrators, social/interpersonal skills, self-regulation and self-monitoring skills, life skills, behavioral stability, and family related issues.
  • Through our therapeutic milieu, Park Street provides residents with a structured daily routine offering a wide continuum of services including psychosexual evaluations, risk assessments, assessment of treatment needs, individual and family therapy, group counseling (Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Sex Education, Life Skills, Social Skills), psychiatric consultation, case management, therapeutic recreation, community service, mental health and substance abuse treatment, health services, collaborative transition planning, community reintegration (i.e. employment, community classes, recreational activities, etc.) and around the clock crisis services.
  • Residents at Park Street receive their educational programming at the Fay Honey Knopp Memorial School.
HOW SERVICES ARE FUNDED Park Street’s residential treatment program is funded through Private Non-Medical Institute monies (PNMI), which is a combination of DCF, DMH, and DOE funding streams.
  • Vermont referrals made to Park Street Program are initially generated by the youth’s local team of service providers.  With either the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Department of Mental Health (DMH) taking the lead, a Coordinated Services Plan (CSP) is developed and then a referral may be made to the States Central Review Committee (CRC) for authorization for placement.
  • Final approval for placement is determined by Park Street after a thorough screening process to include a pre-admission interview with the youth and his family, a record review and discussions with previous service providers.   Once a youth is determined appropriate for the program, he will be placed on a waiting list to be admitted at the next available opening.
  • For more information or to make a referral, contact Shelly McGinnis, Program Director, at 802-488-6792 or
PRINTABLE PDF Park Street Program Description – 2 Page PDF
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