What are STRTPs?
"Effective January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill (AB) 403 (Chaptered 773, Statues of 2015) established a new community care facility category called Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP). An STRTP is a residential facility operated by a public agency or private organization that provides an integrated program of specialized and intensive care and supervision, services and supports, treatment, and short-term 24-hour care and supervision children and non-minor dependents. The care and supervision provided by a STRTP shall be as otherwise permitted by law. Private STRTPs shall be organized and operated on a nonprofit basis." (Source: State of California announcement, 2017, Department of Child, Family and Adult Services (DCFS))
Marthe Mournier (Founder) and Don Hough (CEO) are licensed by the State of California as STRTP Program Administrators. They are professionals who have extensive experience in establishing and operating children's group homes as well as child development. With Marthe's 20+ years of experience in group homes, the social welfare system, and her career support for 3,500+ children, she is well positioned to lead the establishment of our STRTP facility. Don has 35+ years experience in general management, 360 degree view of P&L, operations, administration, partner relationships, negotiating, and fundraising.
We are committed to the children in our care and strive to exhibit our deepest love for each child with the goal of:
Our children. Our future.
While our mission statement is brief, it embodies our overall philosophy. We realize that the children in our care are far from being the often-perceived "problem" children. We know that each child has hopes and dreams. By providing our specialized mental health & therapeutic services, we support a gateway to make it possible for each child's potential to be freed. Our children are our future. Whether they choose to become an astronaut, a doctor, an engineer, a consultant, a social worker, a chef, or whatever they may choose to pursue, we know that our behavioral coaching along with other therapeutic approaches can contribute to each child's hopes and dreams for their futures. And ours.
To inspire hope, recovery, and transition in our children by stimulating breakthroughs in the way the children adapt/respond to change, adopt concepts new to them, and learn about advantageous life choices so they can live a life full of positivity while facing life challenges without fear or intimidation.
Compassion, acceptance, and belief in self, steadfast stabilization, continuous series of successes, no matter how small, thoughtful planning - all with the child's best interest in constant focus.
As a 501c3), MM Sacred Heart Children & Family purpose is to provide enabling services that will allow children to return to a life that makes it possible for them to reconnect with their childhood in spite of the mental trauma and loss that they have experienced in the past. We ensure that each child's family is also involved continuously throughout the process so that there can be continuity of care from the point of transition from our care their family environment.
We serve children ranging in age from 7-17 years of age. Our approach integrates, utilizes, and complies with California’s Core Practice Model (a standardized mental health care program that all STRTP facilities must provide to our children). To complement and enhance the Core Practice Model, we engage with specialized mental health care experts who provide behavioral coaching for our children. This coaching embraces Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning, Watson’s Classical Conditioning, Skinner’s Operant Conditioning, and other methods for treating mental health issues, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TB-CBT), and sessions. Our coaching is focused on helping the children address the root of each child’s specific behavioral challenges. Each child will receive positive behavioral support to address his/her needs and empower them to make positive and safe life choices.
Our program is developed using established practices used in the fields of psychology, social services, external expertise, and mental health domain experts who have been consulted in the development of our approach to treatment. Our key goals are:
A STRTP is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) pursuant to Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1562.01 and other applicable laws. As authorized by AB 403, CDSS also issued Interim Licensing Standards (ILS) to further clarify and implement the Continuum of Care Reform provisions that govern STRTPs. See also Assembly Bill 1997 (Chaptered 612, Statutes of 2016).
MM Sacred Heart provides for every need, for every child in our care in a family home styled setting. Our mental health program is dedicated to reducing or eliminating the children’s need for heavy psychotropic drugs. Since we are limited to a six (6) month timeframe with each child, time is of the essence to work intensely with each child to enable them to know and understand what living in a home environment is really like and to better prepare them to transition to either a licensed Resource Family Approval (RFA/foster family) home or to be reunited with their biological family.
We will focus on mental health services including, but not limited to:
Additionally, we will provide:
MM Sacred Heart regularly conducts a number of different fundraising activities. Key to our fundraising is our 1700 square feet of warehouse space located in Chatsworth, California. We frequently update our Facebook business page at: https://www.facebook.com/mmsacredheartcfs/ regarding fundraising estate sales and auctions that are conducted from our warehouse. All proceeds go directly back into our operating funds to support our children. Here are some of the items that we have had in our warehouse.
Fundraising Estate Sales:
Our next fundraising estate sale information can be found by clicking here:
We conduct fundraising auctions as well. We will post the most current link to our next auction here where you will find numerous items that will be sold via a Facebook Live virtual auction with a live auctioneer.
Our next fundraising auction can be found by clicking here:
The long term vision for MM Sacred Heart Children & Family Services is to establish multiple short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTP) in as many facilities as can be accomplished within the boundaries set forth by the State of California. Our goals include:
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