Posted: Dec 18, 2007, 06:11
Dan Silver, EdD, Director
SCAR/Jasper Mountain is celebrating its 25th year of operation this year. The agency was originally started to test whether some of the most challenging young children could be helped with some of the most effective treatment and educational methods available. The results over the years have been very promising.
The agency is physically located in the beautiful Cascade foothills of western Oregon, not far from Eugene on two rural ranches. With over 100 acres of Oregon forest, wetlands and nature trails, the setting is often described by visitors as a healing place. The agency works with boys and girls under the age of 13 and provides a continuum of programs to help at every level of need including an intensive residential treatment program with a therapeutic school, a short-term residential assessment center and a treatment foster care program, among other services.
SCAR/Jasper Mountain is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and has been found to meet or exceed over 1,000 standards of excellence in its treatment and educational services. It is also a state-certified mental health and educational program. The residential program has shown success working with children with behavior problems, learning problems and problems attaching and bonding to families. It has experience with adopted children including foreign adoptions and subsequent challenges for parents.
The program has extensive outcome research and formally tracks children from intake to graduation and for five years after leaving the program. Recent data indicates the children are doing much better at graduation compared to intake, and significantly better 1, 3, and 5 years later than they were doing at graduation. SCAR/Jasper Mountain currently works with children from around the United States and is now available for private placements.
[The information for this New Perspectives was provided by SCAR/Jasper Mountain]