Throughout the history of USF, Inc. / Oak Hill House and School, our programs have been based on core concepts – efficacy and advocacy for those disenfranchised youth who desperately need compassionate treatment approaches for rehabilitation.
Oak Hill House is a long-term group home which provides residential services to fourteen male adolescents between the ages of 14-18 years. Established in 1970, Oak Hill House is located in the scenic countryside of Clear Spring, Maryland.
Oak Hill House School is licensed by the Maryland Department of Education. Our on-site school teaches grades 7-12 and prepares the occasional student for G.E.D. re-testing. Oak Hill House accepts referrals from the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Human Resources. Most youth referred have similar presenting challenges of delinquency and familial disruptions due to a variety of causes.
We offer our residents exposure to a spectrum of activities accentuating cultural, social, educational, and recreational experiences. Oak Hill House provides a supportive environment conducive to change. We pride ourselves on many success stories in which our youth have re-integrated society and reunited with family. Our goal is continue successful outcomes for youth placed with us. Occasionally, youth are preparing for Independent Living and we develop individualized treatment plans to address skills needed to live alone or with minimal assistance from other helpers at discharge.
We offer our on-grounds licensed school which includes summer school providing our residents the unique experience of being able to get on grade level or graduate in minimal time. We have a 7:1 student to teacher ratio which is optimal for gaining skills and receiving special attention for academic needs. We also provide psychological assessments, individual and group therapy, in-home family therapy and case management by a licensed clinician who leads our clinical team of case managers. We established our Therapeutic Family Weekends three times a year for help families work on Covenant, Commitment and Communication themes. Our organization leads the state with Family Centered Practices occurring in group care with a Family Centered Practice Trainer on staff and we are sure that our services are not easily matched.
We serve their families in supporting their rehabilitation. We serve the community through community service in which our youth volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club or the Food Resource Bank for example. Our youth have also worked at various businesses in the area including Goodwill Industries for example. We tailor our treatment plans to each youth with the goal of implementing all possible resources for stabilization and growth to higher levels of functioning for youth at discharge.
Our Services Include:
- On-grounds MSDE licensed school, including a 7 week summer school component
- Biopsychosocial assessments on campus
- Weekly Individual and group therapy
- Bi-Monthly In-home family therapy
- Structured Routines
- Behavior Modification
- Job Skills Training and Employment Support
- Recreational Skills Development
- Field Trips
- Community Service
- Life Skills Development
- Therapeutic Family Weekends three times a year
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year supervision of the residents