Program areas at Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services
Lumcfs operates three Methodist Children's homes which are strategically located in the bootstrap, heel and toe of Louisiana's boot-shaped geography. Louisiana Methodist Children's home (lmch) in ruston, Louisiana provides care to 96 boys and girls from across the state whose behavioral needs require comprehensive, intensive residential treatment. With 48 beds for boys and 48 beds for girls, lmch is the only provider in Louisiana whichy offers these Services to females. Methodist Children's home of southwest Louisiana is a 24-bed treatment facility for boys with sexually maladapative behaviors. Methodist Children's home of greater new orleans care for 18 younger boys who require intensive residential care.our three Methodist Children's homes are internationally accredited by the council on accreditation and are licensed by Louisiana department of health as psychiatric residential treatment facilities. We provide the most intensive, comprehensive and holistic residential care available to Louisiana's Children. Lumcfs receive requests for care from throughout la from parents; from managed care organizations; from insurance companies; from custodial state agencies including the department of Children and Family Services, the office of juvenile justice, and the la department of health; from clergy and from healthcare professionals.during 2019, lumcfs provided 44,214 days of residential care to 328 Children who received care in our three Children's homes. These are Children for whom appropriate care was unavailable in other treatment programs. Our residential Services are family-oriented programs which help Children return home when possible.
Howard school is the highest ranked alternative school in Louisiana and has twice been designated a "top gains" school by Louisiana department of education. During the 2019 calendar year, 226 emotionally disturbed Children from across the state of Louisiana attended howard school on the ruston compus of Louisiana Methodist Children's home. 95% of students attending howard school are economically disadvantaged.named in memory of a generous benefactor, mrs. lorraine nobles howard, "howard school" is licensed by Louisiana's department of education as an alternative school. Howard school is the only alternative school in lincoln parish. Students who attend howard school receive more "seat time" in howard school than is likely in the tradional school settings they will return to upon discharge.howard school is staffed by fifteen well-trained, certified professionals, including a guidance counselor, and numerous support staff who provide quality educational Services to traumatized Children. The average daily student count for educational Services at howard school and the john allen vocational center was 91. End-of-course testing at the high school in 2019 resulted in a passing rate of 66%, this was a 1% increase over the previous year. Carnegie credits were awarded to high school youth who remained in our care long enough to complete respective grading periods.one (1) howard school student earned their hiset (ged) diploma by taking the required coursework and successfully passing the hiset exam to achieve this goal.
Methodist foster care began providing therapeutic foster care Services in december 2015. In a short time, Methodist foster care has grown into Louisiana's largest provider of therapeutic foster care Services to Children in the custody of the department of Children and Family Services (dcfs). Therapeutic foster care is a family-based service which allows Children to live in a foster home with specially trained parents while receiving intensive treatment from community-based providers of mental health Services for their emotional and behavioral needs. Methodist foster care operates statewide out of four regional offices located in north, central and south Louisiana. Regional Methodist foster care staff members recruit, train, certify and support the foster families who provide therapeutic foster care.each year about 8,000 Children enter Louisiana's foster care system after a judge determines they are unable to live with their parents for reasons of physical or sexual abuse or neglect. On any given day there are about 4,700 Louisiana Children who require foster care Services but has about 2,000 foster homes. Louisiana is short 100's of foster homes. Methodist foster care is working to fill the gap for the Children in foster care with the most significant needs.during 2019, mfc continued growth into all regions of la with focused emphases on southeast and southwest la. Mfc continued to increase census through intentional recruitment efforts. In 2018 and 2019, mfc, in resonse to a la dcfs request, began developing pools of specialized therapeutic foster homes who will care for groups of Children for whom dcfs finds it difficult to secure tfc services.methodist foster care continues implementing two evidence-based treatment models: trauma-based relational interventions (tbri) and the quality parenting initiative (qpi). In addition, Methodist foster care is progressing steadily in building its statewide network therapeutic foster families, recruiting, training, certifying and maintaining tfc families throughout Louisiana. Mfc continues expansion by establishing additional regional offices for northwest, southwest, and southeast Louisiana. Ultimately, Methodist foster care wishes to have therapeutic foster care Services available to support the daily needs of 250 Children.