Located in El Reno, 20 miles west of Oklahoma City, the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center provides free chemical dependency and mental health services to adolescents ages 13 to 17 and adults with an open welfare case in Canadian County. Named for the former Associate District Judge Gary E. Miller and voted into fruition and continuously funded by the citizens of Canadian County, the facility opened in 1999. Since then, it has offered an adolescent residential treatment program as well as an outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to all residents of of Canadian County.
Accommodations and Food
The Canadian County Children’s Justice Center residential facility is called the Fort Reno Adolescent Center. Dormitory-style accommodations consist of 12 gender-specific double-occupancy rooms with twin beds and a large shared bathroom for each gender. Meals are nutritious, arranged by a dietitian and eaten family-style to endorse the importance of shared family meals. Entrees vary and popular items include sloppy joes and biscuits and gravy.
Treatment and Staff
All programs at Canadian County Children’s Justice Center include individual and group therapy in frequency and duration that depends on the track. Typically, treatment at Fort Reno Adolescent Center lasts 60 days, but varies depending on the individual and their circumstances. After completing the residential program, adolescents usually continue in the outpatient program. This entails six hours a week, usually two evenings in three hour sessions, and varies in length. Most adults begin with IOP for six months then progress into outpatient. For them, IOP treatment involves three evenings of three hours each week. Adults in outpatient are there for an average of three months.
Treatment follows the Matrix Model, but also incorporates elements of the 12 steps and CBT. Group size is well-maintained and adheres to Oklahoma requirements of no more than six clients per group or eight in education classes. For adolescents in the residential program, every shift there are four direct care staff, one supervisor and one administrator.
Staff includes six licensed LADCs and two case managers. The facility is equipped to offer dual diagnosis support for those with co-occurring disorders. A medical doctor is on contract though not always on the premises and a nurse has scheduled visits two or three days a week. Parents typically sign release to allow emergency care and hospitalization in dire situations.
Adolescent clients in the residential program receive four hours of schooling on-site Mondays through Fridays. A gym offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as weightlifting, archery and basketball while an additional room is available for smaller games such as ping pong. If weather permits, occasionally a 150 acre backyard allows for outdoor sports. Rewards for those with good behavior involve trips to the movies or sporting events.
Aftercare for court-ordered adolescents lasts for 12 weeks and entails an hour a week of therapy plus drug and alcohol screenings. It is optional for voluntary adolescents and adults. On weekends, an educational family program is offered, although individual family therapy can be arranged if needed.
All in all, the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children’s Justice Center is a hospitable establishment built to address those with chemical dependency at no cost. Eligible residents of Canadian County would do well to seek services at this respectable facility. Those who are interested in treatment are welcome to visit the third Thursday of the month for a tour.
Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children’s Justice Center
7905 Oklahoma 66
El Reno, OK 73036
Canadian County Children’s Justice Center (Behavioral Health Division) Cost: Free to residents of Canadian County. Reach Canadian County Children’s Justice Center by phone at (405) 262-0202 or by email. Find Canadian County Children’s Justice Center on Facebook and Twitter
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