This program is designed to give DSS/DOC a comprehensive assessment through evaluations, observation and monitoring of the youth (9-18) in a structured setting. A report will be generated to will give recommendations for services to address identified family and individual needs and appropriate level of care.
The emphasis of this program is to provide a short-term transitional period for a youth who is discharged from a psychiatric residential treatment facility or other residential options. The goal is to prepare a boy to be successful when he returns home and to the community.
McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls is a working horse ranch. The boys have the opportunity to work therapeutically with the animals under the careful supervision of expert staff. McCrossan Boys Ranch has a licensed equine therapist. Horsemanship, hitch trips and 4-H is also available to the boys.
For those boys who have court ordered restitution or community service hours the Ranch strives to make it a priority to fulfill these obligations while in placement.
A planned, short-term respite placement for parents, kinship providers, guardians, or foster parents. This is arranged by DSS or DOC and is designed to assist the caregiver when other resources are not available.
McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls has an Independent Living Preparation Program available to those boys who meet the criteria (ages 17-21). The Ranch has several on-campus apartments in which the boys learn skills to become independent. Job placement and higher education assistance is emphasized.
McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls has a part-time chaplain available during evening hours for boys requesting the service. Sunday evening worship services and Fellowship of Christian Athletes is also offered.
All boys participate in daily group sessions to address their treatment issues. Anger management, corrective thinking, victim empathy, social skills and other issues are addressed through these groups. McCrossan also extensively uses the Truthought model. Based on the boys' needs, arrangements for indivdual or family therapy can be made.
Our residential programs include the following services:
The Ranch utilizes a variety of on and off site recreational facilities to provide a healthy and appropriate recreational outlet for the boys.
McCrossan Boys Ranch has a cultural advisor who works with youth to maintain their cultural heritage. In this program, youth explore other nationalities and learn to become more culturally sensitive. The group also explores language, cultural events (Pow Wows, Diversity Fairs, etc.) cultural foods, holidays and more.
Through a partnership with Teachwell Solutions, we have an on-site school available for boys to earn credit towards graduation. The McCrossan Boys Ranch School is accredited. GED courses and public school placement are also available to boys who meet criteria.
The Ranch has relationships with several licensed mental health professionals to provide individual counseling to boys identified as being in need of those services.
Through a partnership with Keystone Treatment Center the Ranch offers several levels of programming and groups in this area. Services include educational groups, groups for boys who come from families that have been impacted by chemical abuse, groups for boys with a history of experimentation or misuse of chemicals, and referrals to outpatient chemical dependency treatment.
Each boy may undergo an array of psychological tests during the initial phase of placement in order to establish a working diagnosis to identify his treatment needs.
Program is for DSS/DOC youth (9-17 years old) that are needing a short-term stabilization period. They may be experiencing difficulties at home or at school. The goal is to keep a boy out of a longer-term placement outside the home.
Boys needing psychiatric care can have their medications monitored or their progress evaluated by a licensed psychiatrist.
The Ranch offers a variety of activities designed to enhance the moral and spiritual development
of the boys.