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New Perspectives - Oct, 1998 Issue #54


Basin, Wyoming
Edna I. Peterson, Ex. Director

“The Big Horn Basin Association Adolescent Program is a private, non-profit, non-co-ed facility which serves troubled youth from Wyoming and around the Country. The Program is designed to provide shelter and long term care for both boys and girls ages 10 through 18 without regard to race, color, national origin or religious affiliation.”

“Our philosophy is based on a sociological model that emphasizes behavioral change, life skill development, personal responsibility, a work ethic and accountability for choices. The basic objective of the Big Horn Basin Adolescent Program is to assist youth in the adjustments required to return to their homes or to begin a program of independent living.”

“Located in the beautiful Greybull River Valley in North Central Wyoming, the scenery is ideal for productive and beneficial behavioral modification to take place. Your child will have the best of care and the chance to prove that they can turn themselves into productive young adults. We believe that our program will be effective in helping your troubled teen, if a positive environment, motivation and self-discipline is what your child needs.”

Specific programs and objectives include: 

“An individualized Plan of Care is developed for each youth based on his or her individual need.” 

“An Advanced Independent Living Skills class is taught for 17-18 year olds who will not be returning home.” 

“All youth are required to attend the public school system while living at the Adolescent Program. Staff assist the youth in practicing good study habits in order to improve educational achievement.”

“The staff guides youth in the development of behavior change and personal accountability.” 

“Our own style of care and treatment along with strong support and encouragement is proven to assist teens in understanding and overcoming their personal challenges.”

“Safe environment.” 
“Rural living.”
“Western values.” 
“Work ethics.” 
“Small rural high & middle school.” 
“Low student to teacher ratio.” 

Appropriate youth include those “…who have experienced abuse and those whose behaviors indicate emotional adjustment difficulties, delinquent or pre-delinquent acts, runaway behavior, drug and alcohol involvement, peer relationship difficulties, authority conflicts and other social inappropriate behaviors. 

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