MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is now accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Treatment Program.
The six-week program is from Monday, July 1 to Friday, Aug. 9 and is a summer day camp with built in evidence-based treatments for youth ages 8 to 11 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
STP will be offered at the GA Home in Jamestown and at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and parent groups are provided weekly to maintain and extend the gains made in the program to the child's natural at-home environment.
STP is highly structured and emphasizes treatment as sessions focus on the treatment of problem behaviors in the classroom, recreationally-based contexts and group activities.
Surveys from past participants and caregivers indicate campers have fun throughout the highly structured program. From the staff perspective and clinical results, the Summer Treatment Program has both immediate and long-term results.
"The behavioral interventions introduced in STP translate well back to the classroom and the home," Department of Mental Hygiene Director Patricia Brinkman said. "We look forward to having additional happy campers this year."
Enrollment is limited and participants are selected based on an evaluation conducted by program staff. Children with ADHD are appropriate for referral and referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.
Fees for the Summer Treatment Program are necessary to cover the cost of offering such a service. During the application and screening process, each parent has an opportunity to meet with a representative from the CCMH, who can answer questions concerning health care benefits and other important financial aspects associated with the program.
Applications are due by Saturday, June 1 and can be obtained by contacting Alycia Johnson at 753-5815 or by visiting or calling the Jamestown Clinic, 200 E. 3rd St., Jamestown, at 661-8330 or the Dunkirk Clinic, 319 Central Ave., Dunkirk, at 363-3550.
For more information about the program contact Alycia Johnson at 753-5815.