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New Perspectives - Aug, 1994 Issue #29 

Orem, Utah
David Talley, CEO

Focusing on providing a family/home environment for "troubled" youth, teenagers live with proctor parents who have been trained in providing "a nurturing and disciplined home environment." These home situations are supported by "tracker" staff, who closely monitor a child's progress and are picked to "offer positive role modeling and powerful personal influence" to the child they work with. This was developed from the belief "that the greatest value of individual therapy is the influence of a significant and caring 'other' in a youth's life-especially when the youth may have been isolated from any previous nurturing relationships." The program also has "a group home for girls and are in the process of securing a group home for boys." 

"A structured, diagnostic interview to assess cognitive functioning and personality profile are performed upon admission. Psychotropic medications are prescribed and routinely monitored within the Youth Quest treatment program." A treatment plan is developed for each youth, and "is reviewed on an ongoing basis and will address a youth's changing needs as he/she progresses in the program." 

Their goal is to "transition' each youth back to their own environment so that he/she becomes a vital functioning member of their family and a contributing member of their community." 

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