Taberg Residential Center for Girls

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Taberg Residential Center for Girls is located in the central region of New York State, approximately 15 miles northwest of the City of Rome. The campus is comprised of three buildings. The main building houses two living units, administrative offices, a medical unit and dining area. An adjacent building contains a gymnasium, workout room and game-center. An annex contains classrooms, a library, computer learning center, educational workstation, cafeteria, pottery studio, training center and conference room.

The youth served are female, adjudicated, juvenile delinquents generally between the ages of 13 and 18, placed with OCFS by Family Court.


Counseling: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides the over-arching model of treatment. Licensed clinicians provide individual therapy. A team comprised of clinical, professional and direct care staff facilitates DBT groups that use modules in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships to promote development of social skills. Licensed clinicians lead curriculum-based substance abuse education groups. Direct care staff facilitate psycho-educational groups focusing on anger management, gender issues, victim awareness and structured learning.

Education: All youth are involved in a structured school setting with small class sizes. The facility provides educational programming for youth according to New York State Education Department requirements. The Committee on Special Education (CSE) addresses special education needs for classified students. Qualifying youth may also enroll in the Alternative High School Education Programs and pursue a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

Vocational Opportunities: Youth receive instruction in job readiness and portfolio development.

Health Services: Comprehensive health services are provided by licensed health professionals. Registered nurses are on duty during day and evening shifts seven days a week. A nurse practitioner provides primary medical care and a physician visits the facility twice a month.

Upon admission, each youth has a comprehensive health assessment and an initial plan of care is developed. Immunizations are brought up to date following current public health recommendations. Eye care services are also provided on site.  Dental care is provided by the OCFS dental clinic in Rensselaer, New York.

Nurses are available daily to check on youth who report feeling ill. Nurses refer health problems that cannot be addressed via routine nursing interventions to the nurse practitioner or facility physician. Health staff initiate or continue needed health services via scheduled follow-up appointments.

Mental Health Services: Taberg provides mental health services for all youth.  A 10-bed mental health unit (MHU) is available, specifically designed for youth referred based on higher levels of mental health needs.  All youth receive weekly clinical counseling from a psychiatrist as well as weekly clinical counseling with an associate psychologist or LMSW.

Recreational: Recreational programming is provided to encourage personal confidence, build self-esteem, support sportsman-like conduct and provide opportunities for productive use of leisure time. Recreational activities include arts and crafts, hobbies, games, physical fitness and sporting events. A sand volley ball court is also available.

Religious Services: A non-denominational service is offered on a weekly basis is for the spiritual needs of the youth. Bi-lingual Spanish language services are also available.

Visitation: Families are vital to the treatment for youth in placement and are encouraged to visit on weekends. Family engagement is actively pursued through a series of video conferences, participation in treatment team meetings, and facility-sponsored visits to the facility.

Special Programs and Community Partnerships: Special programs at Taberg include pottery, a graphic arts printing program, cosmetology and culinary arts. The community advisory board donates gifts and hosts picnics. The Advisory Board also donated "Gizmo," the facility dog. Volunteers from the community often visit and bring different kinds of animals, allowing youth to learn responsibility through the care and feeding of the animals. Youth also benefit from the unconditional affection they receive from the animals.

Pre-Release Orientation: Release planning begins at intake. The facility support team members work closely with residents, parents and community service team members to ensure that youth and their families receive the support needed for a timely and successful return to the community.

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