Abbott House, Mitchell, SD

Good Enough is not Good Enough

Abstract:Abbott House has been a safe haven for abused children for over 67 years. We provide residential and therapeutic services to girls and families in South Dakota. Since 1973, Abbott House has provided residential services for girls aged nine to eighteen. The typical length of stay is 12 to 15 months. Abbott House envisioned premier services to provide the missing link in residential services. In July 2007, Abbott House was selected to provide psychiatric residential treatment programming.

Abbott House identified improvements that will help provide the best treatment for children. Construction of a new 14 bed intensive unit, a wellness and exercise center, two family suites, sensory room and a teaching kitchen is presently underway. We envisioned these services to provide an area for families in crisis to be in close proximity to their children, a wellness center to promote mind and body togetherness, a teaching kitchen to assist in developing important life skills, a sensory room to address the individual child’s unique needs and an intensive unit to provide intense care to South Dakota's most damaged children. Implementation of a trauma based programming model has been initiated. Eleven new staff positions have been added to provide more specialized services and a lower staff to child ratio. Since the implementation of these services, Abbott House has seen a 33 percent reduction in restraint and seclusion, a 25 percent reduction in clinical issues, an average of 4.5 (out of 5) point scale client satisfaction, and an excellent rating by placing agencies.

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Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.


Nicole Deprez-Garrity, M.Ed.

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