Tulsa Boys’ Home was founded in 1918 through the efforts of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Downtown Rotary Club and First Presbyterian Church. In 1979, it moved to its current location—a 160-acre campus in West Tulsa County. Its mission is “to provide the highest quality residential care for young boys needing placement outside their home, for the purpose of developing well-adjusted, responsible adults and strengthening the family.”
Tulsa Boys’ Home provides long-term residential substance abuse treatment. Adolescent boys between the ages of 13 and 17 may apply, and the average stay is six to eight months.
Accommodations and Food
There are 24 beds in the facility’s substance abuse treatment program. Boys have a roommate in a lodge-style dorm when they first enter treatment. As they progress in recovery, they may apply for a single room as they become available. All meals are served at the facility’s cafeteria.
The campus is rich with recreational opportunities. There’s a swimming pool, two ponds for fishing and a running track. Tulsa Boys’ Home also has a ranch area with horses where residents can participate in equine therapy to develop responsibility, life skills and compassion.
Treatment and Staff
Upon arriving, boys are assigned a “peer buddy” who helps show him the ropes. There is a two-week orientation phase, after which family are invited to come visit. Every client receives a treatment plan that combines group and individual therapy. Treatment at Tulsa Boys’ Home uses evidence-based methods including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), the 12-step framework. Additionally, Tulsa Boys’ Home introduces clients to its own Eight-Step Relationship Healing Model which is designed to help boys reconnect with their families and communities.
Boys attend an on-site school staffed by credentialed teachers. The school also provides tutors and volunteers to offer additional support and individualized academic attention. Tulsa Boys’ Home also has a “virtual academy,” allowing residents to make up credits by enrolling in online classes to become current with their grade level.
Following the orientation phase, boys move up levels as they successfully engage in treatment. As they progress, they can earn privileges like off-campus visits, recreational opportunities and overnight trips home.
The treatment team at Tulsa Boys’ Home includes LPCs and LADCs. All residents must have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse, but the treatment team is also qualified to treat some co-occurring disorders including opposition/defiance disorder, ADHD and depression.
Tulsa boys’ Home’s equine therapy and recreational outings teach boys additional coping and social skills.
Family therapy sessions commence following completion of the orientation phase. Boys receive 48- and 72-hour passes to visit home before discharge so that they, their families and the treatment team can help create an effective aftercare plan by identifying obstacles that may arise after discharge.
Tulsa Boys’ Home is one of the oldest substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents in the country. By combining evidence-based treatment, peer support and experiential therapy, Tulsa Boys’ Home creates many opportunities for the treatment team to connect with young men and improve their life skills and self-esteem.
Tulsa Boys’ Home
2727 S. 137th West Ave.
Sand Springs, OK 74063
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