Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DDID)

A Special Place

Buckhorn Children & Family Services offers a program for developmentally and intellectually delayed children at our Dessie Scott campus.

Our DDID program offers opportunities for boys ages 12 to 17 to become productive, responsible adults. The boys are taught everyday life skills in a home environment designed to help them function in society.

The program’s mission is to help these young men feel good about themselves, change unacceptable behaviors and attitudes, and give them the tools they need to help them reach their greatest potential.

Our Care

We care for boys ages 12 to 17 in a residential treatment facility at our Marilee Cottage in Pine Ridge, KY. Each client has his own room.

The therapeutic milieu is based on an individual treatment plan that includes individual and group counseling, peer relations, trust building, daily life skills curriculum, daily life skills development, and, if possible, family sessions.

Regular Contact is Important

At BCFS, we appreciate the importance of maintaining and/or repairing family connections, and we encourage visits, telephone contact, and family therapy sessions. We believe that parents/guardians are essential members of the child’s treatment team.

Qualified Mental Health Professionals

Our clinical teams include qualified mental health professionals who work closely with the psychiatrist, counselors, the moderate and severe disabilities specialist, direct care staff, the campus nurse and dietician, and school system and community partners.

Staff has been trained to care for each type of disability.

Treatment Philosophy

We seek to:

  • Instill hope and work toward healing
  • Accept the client/family “where they are”
  • Break barriers to actively engage families in treatment
  • Teach our kids how to function successfully in society
  • Provide a range of developmentally-appropriate interventions within a safe and supportive environment
  • Focus on interactions to develop positive motivation for change
  • Encourage growth and development through personal accountability
  • Persist in spite of adversity and disabilities
  • Collaborate within and beyond BCFS for the benefit of the youth and family

For questions concerning the DDID program at Dessie Scott, please contact:

David Benton

Campus Operations Manager

Phone: 606-668-6445
Toll-Free: 1-800-472-3678

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