GEAR UP Youth Program
Gear-Up is a program that partners Red Rock BHS with parents, local schools, and other persons
and/or agencies involved in a child’s life. We work with children and adolescents who are experiencing
difficulty at school or home due to emotional, behavioral, and/or social problems. Children receive
services from qualified and passionate professionals through our Gear-Up Red Rock program in their home,
school, and/or Chandler, Chickasha or Shawnee Red Rock BHS locations.
An important part of the services is our preventive approach to meeting children’s needs. We provide help to children already having problems but we also take a proactive approach. This approach is used to help children who are at risk for developing problems with emotional, behavioral, or social problems from loss, traumatic events, or difficulties accepting life changes.
Purpose: Our goal is to provide a supportive team approach so that youth in need can be assisted in developing skills that will enable them to be successful at home, school, and the community.
The Gear-Up program individualizes services for children and their families. Some areas addressed can include:
• Pro-social skills – Conflict resolution, bullying resolution, impulse control, controlling disruptive behavior, and communication skills.
• Emotional skills – Healthy expression of feelings, building self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and personal empowerment.
• Healthy life skills – Age appropriate drug and alcohol education, self-care/hygiene, and health education
• Character building – Activities designed to promote trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship/community involvement.
• Academic skills – Attention/listening skills, organization, time management, and study skills.
Who Qualifies: Children who are in need of developing skills which directly affect
their ability to make progress at home, school, and/or community. This involves on-going communication with
school teachers, counselors, principals, Red Rock clinical staff, and the parents or guardians.
How do you obtain services: Red Rock BHS accepts a referral form from teachers, parents, and other persons involved in a child’s life. There is no cost to the family or school for the services. After receiving a referral, parents will be contacted to schedule an appointment to obtain information need to provide services to the child.FAQ's:
1. What services are provided?
Services provided include individual and group rehabilitation (rehab) as well as individual therapy and family therapy. Individual rehab is done within the schools while group rehab, individual therapy, and family therapy are done at the Chandler, Chickasha or Shawnee Red Rock locations.
2. What will these services cost?
There are no charges for children’s services. You will be asked to complete financial income paperwork but there will be no charges for services regardless of family income.
3. What is rehab?
Rehab, or rehabilitation, is the term designated by our funding sources and means teaching children life skills such as manners, community involvement, school interactions, social skills, anger control, coping skills, and stress relieving skills to name a few.
4. What kind of things will my child be doing during these services?
We provide many different activities that include building social, listening, conflict resolution, school, and interaction skills. These activities include hands-on working, teamwork building activities, sensory activities, and activities within the community.
5. Does my child have to have serious problems to get services?
No, we provide services to any child needing to build any life skill. This is called preventive work where we provide services before the behaviors get serious.
6. Will my child’s grades suffer because he is being pulled out of class to be seen individually?
Your child’s school is responsible for determining what classes he/she will be pulled from to be seen in individual rehab to make sure no core classes are missed.
7. What about transportation to and from? Transportation is provided to and from group services for some of our school locations. You would need to check with the local Red Rock office as to where groups are offered and which schools we provide transportation to and from.
8. How long will my child need to attend these services?
It is recommended that your child attend services until the areas of concern are resolved.
9. Who will know about the services that my child will be receiving?
You as a parent/guardian are in control of who is talked to and about what. This is done by filling out a full release of information to who will be talked to at the beginning of services. We also ask that you sign a full release of information to the school your child is attending.
10. How will I know how my child is doing?
As your child’s clinician(s) work with your child, they will keep in contact by phone or progress notes on your child’s’ progress. You are welcome to make contact with us at any time for questions, concerns, or input on your child’s progress.
11. How do I get my child started?
You and your child will complete an intake at our Chandler, Chickasha or Shawnee office.
12. What areas do you serve?
We serve all of Grady, Lincoln, and Pottawatomie Counties for the Gear-Up youth program. This includes various schools. We encourage you to call our office for information as to which schools we work in.