It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. At Elevate, we’re part of that village, as a resource for schools, law enforcement, health and human services, as well as for adolescents and their families. It’s our mission to support young people and families as they navigate their way through what can sometimes be challenging times.
How Referrals Work
We receive referrals from law enforcement and the courts, schools and social service agencies, as well as parents who are concerned about their child. Most often, we see young people who have made a poor choice, gotten involved in underage drinking or drug use, or are experiencing issues with grades or school attendance. Some may have consequences for illegal behavior like vandalism or theft. Other referrals come directly from parents that see their child is struggling and they ask for help because they love their child and want them to be successful. Whatever the case, our trained assessors are here to help determine the root cause of the behavior through our assessment process, and assist with services to intervene early.
To refer a young person to our youth intervention program, please complete this form.
The Assessment Process
The assessment process involves two steps. During the first screening, which typically lasts about 15 minutes, we gather information that helps us help the client better. Parents also complete paperwork to ensure that Elevate offers the appropriate services.
During the second session, the adolescent and parent meet with the assessor for approximately one hour. During this time, the assessor gathers information to better understand the root cause of the youth’s initial referral, including alcohol and drug use, mental health or trauma, and provides the family with programming recommendations.
The outcome of an assessment may result in the young person being referred to one or more of the following to assist them in effectively addressing the issues that brought them to the Youth Intervention Program:
• Educational programming
• Restorative Justice programming
• Substance abuse or mental health counseling
• Truancy support programming
• Crime Impact or Safe Relationships circles
• Community service
Biomarker testing may be used as a tool during the assessment process. The test involves taking fingernail samples which are then sent to a lab for processing. Fingernails reflect a person’s alcohol and other drug consumption going back several months, as alcohol and other drugs are incorporated into the nails from the blood stream and remain locked in the nail and hair as they grow.
Clients are advised not to cut their fingernails for 10 days prior to their appointment and remove all fingernail polish, refrain from applying artificial nail gels, tips and acrylics prior to the appointment. A driver's license is required for proof of identification.
The cost of the biomarker test is $200.00 which is due in full at the time of your appointment. We accept cash, money order and credit/debit cards, but we do not accept personal checks. If results need to be expedited, there will be an additional cost.
Lab results generally arrive at our facility within 7-10 business days.
There may be a fee for our services. Please contact us and speak with one of our intake specialists for more information. We make every effort to keep our costs low and accommodate families with limited income.