Oaklawn, The Children's Campus

  • Outdoor space
  • Baseball/soccer field
  • Tranquil surroundings
  • Youth's room
  • Volleyball court
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Gym
  • Cafeteria
  • Living unit
  • Unit buildings
  • Main entrance

Oaklawn, The Children's Campus

Oaklawn, The Children’s Campus provides residential programs for youth. Programs range from locked-secure and staff-secure to a group home, diagnostic and evaluation services as well as Child Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) placements. Some of our specialized programs include: 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Intellectual Deficits/Developmental Delays
  • Sexually Maladaptive Youth (SMY)
  • Substance Use

Programs are designed to support youth in developing healthy coping skills so they can return to and live successfully in their community. We have the ability to serve more than 100 youth each day, primarily between the ages of 10 and 18 at the time of referral.

Program features

Our comprehensive programs are designed to help youth grow emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Multidimensional treatment

All treatment is highly individualized to fit the specific needs of each youth. Treatment comprises:

  • Individual therapy, provided weekly
  • Group therapy at least five times per week
  • Family therapy as indicated by treatment need, typically two to four times per month.

Evidence-based practices

We use evidence-based practices such as:

  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Positive Peer Culture (PPC)
  • Person-Centered Treatment and Planning
  • Motivational Interviewing

Oaklawn goes a step further by offering a trauma-informed community from admission to discharge.

Medical services

We offer a full range of medical services. Oaklawn psychiatrists see youth to perform evaluations, prescribe medication and answer questions, including any questions about side effects. Nurses are on the campus throughout the day to provide medication management and address somatic complaints. Additionally, Oaklawn has a physical health care office on-site, staffed with nurses and a board-certified pediatrician, who performs routine physicals and sees youth for acute illness. 

Family engagement

We put a premium on family engagement. We know youth are more successful when families are involved in and supportive of their treatment, and when families have the opportunity to address any issues in the home that may impact the youth. Oaklawn Family Engagement Specialists help get and keep families involved throughout treatment and offer techniques that increase healthier interactions. This may include providing Oaklawn gas cards, arranging for Oaklawn transportation, locating siblings and/or parents and scheduling families to participate in events, activities, visitations and more. 

Skills training and engagement

A skills trainer and care facilitator work individually with each youth to develop healthy coping skills, independent living skills, positive self-management and social skills. Furthermore, each youth benefits from vocational experiences, either through volunteer or job experience on our campus or in the community. Recreational therapy is also available. Our 12-acre campus is equipped with gyms, a baseball and soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as playground equipment.

Public school

School is provided on campus by School City of Mishawaka. Each classroom has a licensed teacher and an aide. We also have an on-site guidance counselor, administrator and a credit recovery service.  Credits are transferable.

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The best way to refer to our program is to contact us. We would love to hear more about the youth you are referring and work together to see which program would best fit their needs.

Call us at (574) 259-5667 ext. 222 or email us at tccadmissions@oaklawn.org.




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