PORT first began providing services for boys in 1972. Now the boys reside in a home designed and built for group home living in 1997 and serves up to 14 boys, ages 10-18. Boys Group Home is in south Brainerd with easy access to schools, medical and mental health appointments, work and recreation.
When clients reach individual goals, they advance in skill level. All skill levels have corresponding privileges that include T.V., phone calls, radio, off grounds recreation, passes and visits home.
Brainerd Public Schools provide PORT’s educational component. Residents begin with tutors and/or in-house special education services. Residents may attend an alternative program or mainstream classes as they progress behaviorally and academically. Program Directors meet weekly with school personnel to track resident’s progress.
DAILY BEHAVIOR REPORT
PORT residents work daily on five areas of behavior that will help them transition back to their home or community. We track these behaviors so as to identify destructive patterns, intervene and teach the appropriate skills.
HOUSE CHORES/LIVING SKILLS
Residents are responsible for daily chores and personal laundry and earn an allowance based on positive behavior.
Through corrective programming, clients learn to connect their poor decisions with the natural consequences of their actions. Corrective programming also takes into consideration the client’s abuse history, development, culture, disability and gender needs.
Curriculums include: Anger management, pro-social skills, rational emotive therapy, independent living skills, project adventure, (team building activities), sexuality self-awareness, chemical dependency awareness, spirituality, and Truthought.
The Brainerd lakes area provides an abundance of recreation opportunities. PORT residents swim, play basketball, hike and bike on the Paul Bunyan Trail and attend plays at Central Lakes College as well as participate in team-building activities.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
With an eye to best practices, licensed psychologists oversee PORT’s clinical services and provide diagnostic assessments, individual counseling, and group therapy. Residents can be referred for diagnostic assessments or individual counseling to Lakes Area Counseling, Northern Pines Mental Health Services or C.O.R.E Psychological Services.
With a diverse population, PORT provides cultural diversity training for our staff and residents and encourages all residents to respect their own and others’ culture.