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  800A Buffalo Avenue
Egg Harbor, NJ 08215

William Hudgins, Superintendent
Lawrence Gleason, Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 609-965-5200
Fax: 609-)965-2640

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  Southern RCH (Southern) is a statewide resource for juvenile residents committed to the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), that through the classification process just miss the mark of scoring for a residential program but have demonstrated behavior that does not necessitate placement at the New Jersey Training School (NJTS). The program is in Atlantic County, located in Egg Harbor City. Southern is a 24-bed facility, offering treatment services, and a step down from secure care for residents targeted for community reintegration. The program is 60 days in length. A resident must remain charge free and demonstrate progress within the program to be reclassified for “community program” status. Southern is a program designed to instill values, morals, ethics, norms, and to provide self-discipline to adjudicated residents.  
  All Southern residents receive necessary identified education within the facility. The educational program follows the Core Curriculum Content Standards of the NJ Department of Education. Students that qualify are afforded the opportunity to earn their GED. Residents that have obtained their high school diploma or equivalency may be eligible to further their education through our Graduate Program, which includes secondary education and vocational opportunities.  
  As an admission requirement, each resident goes through a Comprehensive Intake Assessment (CIA). This assessment guides the development of and serves as the foundation for an individualized Case Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is based upon needs identified during the CIA.  
  The mission of Southern is to provide residents committed to the JJC with a step down structured residential environment, designed to mitigate risk for re-offending and offer opportunities for reformation within a safe environment. It is Southern’s intention to support residents in making the necessary changes in life to become productive, well-adjusted, and focused members of the community. To achieve this task, residents are offered guidance in developing and achieving program goals.  
  The goal is to empower residents to effectively deal with the pressures of society with the hope that they will choose to live law abiding, productive lives. This is accomplished with a blend of competent leadership, qualified staff, and incorporation of various treatment interventions.  
  Individual case plan needs are addressed through a variety of disciplines that target risk factors. Residents are afforded therapeutic services based on individual risk, need and responsivity principles. The continuum of services to residents include vocational training, education, treatment services, cognitive behavioral therapy/skill building, alcohol and drug treatment incorporating motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, cultural diversity/gang awareness, and community reintegration/independent living class, education services, and life experience.  
  Southern is the final progressive step prior to a community-based program. As such, the program offers incentives that will promote pro-social interaction and interpersonal skill development. Since residents are expected to transition to a community program within 60 days of arriving to the facility, there is a certain expectation that they conduct themselves within program expectations and norms. Consequences are aimed to be consistently applied for program infractions. They are immediate and short in duration to provide incentive for residents to re-engage in programming.  
  Every resident in the program is exposed to a continuum of services that directly addresses their risk needs. The intent is to draw a direct correlation between one’s own situation, thoughts, feelings, actions and consequences to better promote self-awareness to correct risky behavior. This model is incorporated into daily living activities. Current approaches include utilizing the A.R.T. Curriculum, Phoenix, New Freedom, and individual substance abuse treatment.  
  The daily structure, paired with staff competence, incorporates problem-solving, coping, and social skills to enhance or encourage pro-social behaviors through actively mentoring and encouraging residents to function as a community. This accountability model promotes identifying and altering prominent cognitive distortions.  


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