About Wyoming House
Located in Burbank, California, Wyoming House is a short-term crisis residential program that provides care, supervision, and support for children, ages 6-17, with intellectual disabilities and other complex behavioral and emotional challenges that put them at risk of placement into a developmental center, hospital, or jail. A maximum of three (3) adolescents are served at Wyoming House at any given time, staying an average of 3-6 months while they participate in an intensive recovery program that focuses on crisis and medication stabilization and positive behavioral support.
We believe that challenging behaviors diminish when people live in enriched environments and experience empowerment and success every day. By providing the proper support and treatment and giving individuals appropriate ways to express control, the program serves to decrease many types of challenging behaviors.
What Does Wyoming House Have to Offer?
- Short-term intensive crisis treatment (length of stay is flexible and averages around 3-12 months)
- Private bedrooms in a spacious and beautiful co-ed facility
- Assessment and Individual Program Plan (IPP) and Individual Service Plan (ISP) development
- Weekly psychiatric and behavioral consultations.
- Medication management and monitoring.
- Daily home and community activities and groups that build adaptive skills (communication, self-care, social skills, etc.)
- Coordination and collaboration with Regional Center, medical professionals, and Interdisciplinary Team
- Round-the-clock staffing, including nursing staff
- Transportation to medical, dental, and educational appointments
- Coordination with schools, families, and recreational and behavioral therapies
Wyoming House strives to reach the following goals:
- To prevent or reduce the need for developmental center admission.
- To assist the individual in developing basic self-care skills, life skills and socialization skills, communication skills, etc.
- To provide services that are culturally appropriate, age specific, and tailored to the needs of the individual residents.
- To advocate for service and resources on behalf of the individual.
- To provide a short-term crisis residential experience in which the challenging behaviors are reduced or eliminated and the individual is stabilized.
- To educate and offer families of individuals served in developing the skills, techniques, and strategies, to support their child during periods of challenging behaviors while maintaining appropriate community living.
- To assist the individual to make a successful transition to another living environment that is less restrictive by enabling the consumer to reduce or modify their reliance on higher levels of care.
Why the Need for Crisis?
Hospitalization can be expensive, unnecessary, and counterproductive to the recovery of individuals with behavioral health issues. Patients frequently need a level of care that is a step down from hospitalization, an environment that is not too restrictive yet has round the clock care by trained professionals. Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) programs reduce unnecessary stays in psychiatric hospitals, act as a stepping stone for individuals transitioning back into the community after hospital discharge, reduce the frequency and expense of emergency room visits, and divert inappropriate incarcerations while producing the same, or improved outcomes compared to those of institutionalized care (Crisis Residential Program Study Report. California Mental Health Planning Council, 2010). Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. (Anka) operates nearly 20 CRT programs for youth and adults recovering from a psychiatric emergency or behavioral health crisis.
Anka's CRT Model Philosophy
As an alternative to hospitalization, Anka's CRT model provides intensive mental health and behavioral supports with recognized positive treatment outcomes. With an integrated team of professional staff, all clients have access to individual and group therapy, life skills support, and medication evaluation and management. All services are provided in home-like environments and are licensed and certified by state regulatory agencies