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MTP Mission Statement

     "To provide children with quality care in a nurturing home-like atmosphere so they can become healthy and productive members of our community."

MTP Vision Statement
     "McLeod Treatment Programs, Inc. will be recognized for having made a difference in our community by the productive people and community leaders who are former MTP residents."

About McLeod Treatment Programs

     McLeod Treatment Programs, Inc. (MTP) is a private, non-profit organization committed to providing quality out-of-home care to children in need of protection, guidance, family intervention, structure, and therapeutic services.  Since its inception in July of 1976, MTP has expanded to meet the growing needs of at risk children and their families.  MTP currently operates 4 programs for children;  Sheppard House (boys ages 5-18), Franklin House (girls ages 5-18), Porchlight Residence (boys ages 5-18) and the Visitation/Exchange Center for children of divorce or separation needing supervised visitation or exchange. 
     MTP has facilitated many changes over the past several years.  We've expanded the type of programs we offer, the number of counties we serve, as well as ensuring the professional quality of our staff.  MTP has come to know that simply treating children in behavioristic terms is not enough. That early intervention, family involvement, appropriate assessment of the child's needs, and therapeutic work - getting at the underlying causes of behavior are what helps children to become healthy, productive members of society.

     Children can be referred and placed by Social Services, Court Services, Tribal Authority, and Law Enforcement agencies.  Prior to entering one of MTP's Programs, a pre-placement interview is scheduled.  Information received from a telephone referral determines if a pre-placement interview will occur.  The referring worker, child, family members and the MTP treatment team members are present for the interview.  A decision is made on the appropriateness of placement based on this interview.  Appropriateness of placement is based on the client's social history, extent of assaultive behavior, extent of suicidal ideation, psychological diagnosis, group fit, family support of placement, whether the program can meet the child's identified needs, and whether MTP is the best environment for the child at the time.  If a child is deemed appropriate, an intake date is scheduled.

Program Services Available
1.  Internal assessment                                                                 
2.  Pre-placement screening                                                       
3.  Pre-placement visit evaluation                                              
4.  Immediate needs screenings                                                 
5.  Collaborative staffings                                                             
6.  Individual treatment contracts                     
7.  Monthly progress reports                             
8.  Weekly progress notes                                 
9.   24 hour supervision & support                   
10.  Individual programmatic counseling       
11.  Individual therapy                                        
12.  Individual case consultation                      
13.  Therapeutic recreation                                         
14.  Therapeutic group process                        
15.  Psycho-educational groups                       
16.  Social skill building                                      
17.  Behavior management                               
18.  Transitional Services                                   
19.  Community reintegration                            
20.  Crisis counseling/de-escalation                
21.  Resident rights/grievance procedure       
22.  Resident orientation                                    
23.  Emergency services                                       
24.  Interpretive services
25.  Transition Planning
26.  Family therapy
27.  Therapeutic family visitation
28.  Home visit contracting & evaluation
29.  Monitored family interaction
30.  Respite care
31.  Stabilization Services (7-90 days)
32.  Independent living skills training
33.  Parenting education
34.  Emergency medical, MH & dental
35.  Family reintegration
36.  Discharge recommendations  
37.  Anti smoking program
38.  Non-secure juv. detention services
39.  Medical/health assessments
40.  Medication assistance/consultation
41.  Family orientation 
42.  Individual stabilization plan
43.  Quality assurance plan
44.  Vocational skills training
45.  Cultural sensitivity/competence plan

1.  To provide treatment services that are cost effective.
2.  To increase communication and define treatment team member responsibilities.
3.  To reduce unnecessary length of placement.
4.  To return children to the community/least restrictive care as soon as possible.
5.  To set measurable, attainable, outcome based goals that indicate when residential treatment is complete.    
6.  To measure goals in a timely manner to appropriately plan for transition from placement including
      aftercare services.
7.  To increase successful discharges and decrease administrative discharges.
8.  To effect early identification of children that may be better served by another  program.   
9.  To accurately predict how children will function following discharge.


1.  Upon referral/pre-placement screening, team members will begin to
     identify critical treatment issues, treatment team members, and available
     resources.  The initial staffing will be set up at intake.
2.  Internal assessment will be completed to assist team members in identifying
     critical issues.  Through assessment, critical issues that prevent community
     integration, family living, and least restrictive living arrangements and thus
     require placement are identified and become the focus of treatment.  Less
     significant identified issues are considered symptoms of critical issues and are
     treated as such.
3.  Critical issues will be discussed and agreed upon by all treatment team members
     at the inital staffing  Treatment contracts are written documentation of the
     treatment process and are developed at the initial staffing and all
     treatment team members participate in the treatment contract development.  
4.  Identified critical issues are the basis for treatment  goals.   Measurable and 
     attainable treatment goals are determined prior to treatment.  Treatment goals 
     are clearly identified including treatment strategies/therapeutic interventions, 
     person responsible for working on and monitoring progress on the goal, and 
     projected time lines to goal attainment.  
5.  Each treatment team member will indicate their support and commitment to the
     treatment contract by identifying their responsibilities and expectations at the 
     initial staffing.  All treatment team members will sign the handwritten treatment
     contract.  Program staff will give all members a copy of the contract at the
     staffing.  A type written contract will be developed and presented at the next
6.  Date, time, and location of staffings, medical appointments, assessments and
     evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, on-site visits, parent
     education class, and other meetings (as needed) will be set up in the first 45
     days of placement.
7.  The goal of placement and living arrangement after discharge will be determined
     at the initial staffing.  Changes in living arrangement after discharge and goal of 
     placement will be communicated as soon as possible to the treatment team
     to avoid increasing length of stay.
8.  Transition planning will begin at the 4-6 month staffing.  Transition plans will be 
     developed as well as utilization of other community resources.
9.  Treatment team members will evaluate the treatment contracting process at the 
     transitional staffing to determine positive and negative aspects of the process. 
     A written evaluation of each treatment contract will be submitted to the 
     management team within 30 days of transition from placement. 

General guidelines for treatment contracting:

1.  Treatment contracts are working documents and are reviewed/revised on
     a regular basis (at least every 30 days) and at each staffing.
2.  Treatment is most successful when positive relationships exist among
     treatment team members.
3.  All treatment team members are expected to attend all scheduled staffings
     to ensure clear communication and documentation in regard to the direction
     of treatment and progress of team member responsibilities.
4.  Revisions to the treatment contract will include input from all treatment team
5.  Each treatment team member will have input in regard to their level of
     involvement in the resident's treatment.
     Treatment contracting requires a commitment by all treatment team members.  If any treatment team members are unwilling to contract or follow through with their responsibilities as defined in the treatment contract, progress may be delayed or arrested.

McLeod Treatment Programs Philosophy

     McLeod Treatment Programs is committed to providing effective and timely treatment to children and their families.  Quality treatment can only happen with the support and participation of all treatment team members.  Treatment team members include the resident in placement, program staff,  individual/family therapist, placing worker-social worker and/or probation agent, parents/guardians, guardian ad litem, school personnel, and other identified treatment team members.

     Based on this treatment philosophy and in response to the identified need for cost-effective, outcome based treatment; McLeod Treatment Programs has developed a treatment process that best fits the treatment needs of children in group residential placement. Treatment contracting clearly defines attainable, measurable,  outcome based treatment goals.  Treatment contracting also defines comprehensive expectations and responsibilities of each treatment team member.  

     McLeod Treatment Programs, Inc. believes that the highest quality, successful treatment will occur if the above guidelines are followed. We sincerely appreciate the work and commitment of all treatment team members.

Employment Opportunities

e-mail or by phone/fax at the numbers listed below for information.
Phone: 320-587-9790
Fax: 320-587-3767 or mail to McLeod Treatment Programs, Inc. P.O. Box 364, Hutchinson MN 55350

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and willing to work with troubled youth in a group home setting with a clean criminal history.

BA/BS degree required for some positions.

High School diploma required for Counselor, and VEC Monitor positions.  Positions responsible for direct care of residents with differentials in responsibilities depending on which position you are applying.

Full-time schedule may include afternoons, overnights, weekends, and some holidays. Incentive pay for weekends and overnights with most positions having every other weekend off.

Full-time Employment Benefits include:
Competitive salary
Paid vacation, sick and holiday pay
Company paid BCBS health coverage
403(b) with company match
Aflac supplemental insurance (pre-tax)