Youth who participate in Wilderness and Adventure-based Therapeutic Outdoor Services expand individual capabilities, develop self-confidence and insight, ameliorate symptoms, and improve interpersonal skills and relationships.
Searches of youth or their property are conducted in a trauma-informed manner that respects client rights, dignity, and self-determination and include, as appropriate to the frequency and invasiveness of searches:
communicating to youth policies for searches of individuals or their property;
timely notification of a parent and/or legal guardian;
definition and documentation of reasonable cause and assessed risk of harm to self or others;
trained, qualified personnel; and
an administrative review process including documentation, notification, and the timetable for review.
Search procedures should correspond directly to the invasiveness of the search to be conducted. For example, more invasive searches should be reserved for higher risk situations with reasonable cause, should only be conducted by highly qualified personnel, and should always require an administrative review.
The organization only reviews mail when a previous incident involving the youth indicates that:
the mail is suspected of containing unauthorized, dangerous, or illegal material or substances, in which case it may be opened by the youth in the presence of designated personnel; or
receipt or sending of unopened mail is contraindicated.