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DATE: February 10, 2012
CONTACT: Kelly Hackworth
PHONE: (800) 532-7239

For Immediate Release

SAFY partners with Rite of Passage to expand services in Cincinnati

(CINCINNATI, Ohio) – Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) has partnered with Rite of Passage Inc. (ROP) to provide services to residents at the Hillcrest Training School in Hamilton County, Ohio.

ROP will utilize SAFY’s experience and evidence-based therapeutic and aftercare services for youth in its care. Currently providing residential and non-residential treatment services for over 1,500 delinquent and court-appointed youth in multiple states, ROP will establish a residential facility for up to 100 male youth struggling with behavioral disorders and/or substance abuse and family dysfunctional issues. SAFY will be responsible for providing complex treatments including mental health services, therapies for delinquent youth and youth with aggressive/violent behaviors, substance abuse diagnosis and treatment, and therapies for youth with histories of trauma. Treatment will be provided in the residential facility followed by in-home aftercare services when the youth returns to their family. The five-year contract is valued at $969,416.

"This is an opportunity for SAFY to expand on the continuum of quality care we provide to youth and families in the Cincinnati area," says Camron Whitacre, SAFY Treatment Director. "The clinical programming will ensure a successful transition from the residential to the community setting. Family involvement has been and will continue to be a primary focus in our treatment approach as we engage in this venture with ROP."

The partnership marks the first collaboration between SAFY and ROP. Other partners involved in the project include the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University, who will work with the juvenile court and the partnering agencies to create a premier "Academic Model Program". SAFY will begin clinical services at the facility on April 1, 2012.