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Mountain Home Academy

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2850 Industrial Way,
Mountain Home, ID  83647 Phone: 208-587-2679

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PREA Report for Mountain Home Academy

Sequel TSI of Idaho's Mountain Home Academy is a sixty-bed therapeutic residential treatment center for adjudicated and non-adjudicated adolescent males, between the ages of 10-18 with sexually maladaptive behavior problems. The campus includes a twelve-bed dorm for students with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, whom also exhibit sexually maladaptive behaviors.

Mountain Home Academy's clinical programming follows rigorous and intensive therapeutic intervention strategies that are considered evidenced based and trauma informed. At Mountain Home Academy, we focus on adapting to and accommodating the individual needs of each individual student. To assist with this focus, our program uses several different guided curriculums including, Stages of Accomplishment, Pathways, Footprints, and Roadmaps. Our program further uses an extensive array of standalone treatment objectives which are used in combination with the assigned therapeutic curriculum. This ensures that students have access to an array of intervention strategies which allows for better success and more individualized treatment planning. Therapeutic interventions follow a model of cognitive behavior therapy which continues to hold strong support for facilitating change in youth whom present with sexually maladaptive behavior problems.

Sequel MHA focuses on the individual client as opposed to providing the same treatment interventions to everyone. Sequel MHA strives to help students not only decrease their future level of recidivism but also to help the student better their lives and increase their overall health and wellbeing. When students are able to address not only their areas of risk but also their areas of health, they are much more likely to be successful in the future. Student’s therapeutic needs are broken out into 18 different markers called observable treatment indicators (OTI). Each OTI is then monitored and assigned a score every 30 days in order to identify areas of rising or falling need for the student. This allows for a more precise and structured use of therapeutic intervention. The student’s individual needs guide the focus of treatment intervention as opposed to students being forced to fit into a therapeutic plan for treatment, which may not address their actual needs. This process ensures that students are receiving treatment interventions that are necessary and appropriate while avoiding treatment interventions that are unhelpful and unproductive.

Sequel MHA prides itself on being trauma informed and utilizing trauma focused therapy interventions. Students often present with heightened levels of trauma which impacts their ability for success. Sequel MHA utilizes several different trauma focused tracks of intervention that can be used in conjunction with treatment interventions focused at addressing sexually maladaptive behavior problems. Students are screened at intake using several different trauma sensitive assessments including the trauma symptom checklist for children and the ACE’s trauma inventory. Students then have access to the following trauma focused intervention models to address symptoms of trauma: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) track, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) track, or the Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) track.

Mountain Home Academy strives to create an environment that is sensitive to the needs of the student to allow for therapeutic intervention, immediate practice and daily implementation. The Safe Crisis Management curriculum drives the strategic intervention individualized for each student. Mountain Home Academy utilizes the functioning of a student government known as the “Falcon Club”. This group environment is designed to build self-esteem, promote age appropriate decision making skills, increase the practice of emotional regulation, cognitive coping and promote normative stability.

Program Information

Residential Treatment Center

  • 24-hour supervision in a staff-secure therapeutic setting for moderate to high-risk assessed students
  • Specialized Sexual Behavior Treatment Group Therapy; 8 hours weekly
  • Individual and Family Therapy is facilitated by Licensed Masters-Level Therapists certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), the Idaho JSOTP Board, and by The Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
  • Substance Use Psycho-Educational Services and Aggression Replacement Training
  • Onsite medical services and psychiatric services
  • Onsite accredited education services by the Northwest Accreditation Commission AdvancED

Population Served

Typical students admitted to Mountain Home Academy have sexually maladaptive behavior problems; have serious emotional disturbances and/or learning disorders. Students typically struggle with issues such as a low degree of empathy for others, impulsivity, mismanagement of anger control and aggression, irresponsibility, trauma induced denial or justification, self-reinforced disruptive values and behaviors, lack of self-discipline, and noncompliance with authority.

Student Profile

  • Males, 10-18 years old
  • Sexually Maladaptive Behaviors
  • May have a Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  • IQ 65 or higher (case by case as needed)
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Disruptive and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED)
  • DSM-5 Mental Health Disorders
  • Significant Social, Interpersonal, Educational and Occupational needs
  • Adjudicated and non-adjudicated students served
2017-2018 PREA Annual Report
2016-2017 PREA Annual Report

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Vance Griffin
Josefine Gainous