Destinations works directly with the teen’s school
to advocate for that teen’s positive re-entry.
When teens are in treatment, a big concern of parents and students is what will happen with the teen’s education. Will they fall behind or fail in school? At Destinations, our teens are not only supported through their recovery, we offer a full educational program. This daily service keeps them on track. We also work with their schools to assure that teens can reintegrate when they return to school.
Our academic program is registered and recognized by the California Department of Education.
The International Academy of Science provides Destinations with the internationally approved Edmentum K-12 A-G curriculum. Moreover, our college-approved Advanced Placement classes make sure college-bound students don’t fall behind while in treatment.
Content Specialists provide one-on-one support and supervision
Transferable credits, credit recovery, or credit acceleration opportunities
Vocational skill exploration
Each student receives three hours daily of educational classwork, five days a week. Our qualified content specialists assist the teen with our Edmentum curriculum, as needed. However, we also give teens the ability for educational growth and reflection on an individual level.
Upon completing the program at Destinations, each teen takes an educational exit exam. This allows for their re-integration into their regular school system. Furthermore, Destinations works directly with the teen’s school to advocate for that teen’s positive re-entry.
Educational Program at Destinations
The educational program at Destinations is unique in the field today. In fact, not only will your teen receive high quality treatment, but also a dedication to academics. In addition, the transition back to daily life won’t come with the fears of falling behind in school.
Destinations For Teens staff are actively getting vaccinated through the county and the hope is to have the majority of our staff vaccinated by the end of January, 2021. Destinations For Teens is likewise committed to educating staff to the benefits of vaccinating and to providing access to the vaccine to all employees. By minimizing the risk of transmission, Destinations For Teens is working hard to protect its clients, families and employees from contracting the COVID-19 virus.
A dedicated COVID-19 task force, including our Medical Director, Clinical Director and our Director of Nursing, provides written materials and verbal education and training to all staff. In the words of Dr. Baback Gabbay, Destinations For Teens Chief Medical Director, the message could not be simpler: "We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients and families. Our staff is committed to the CDC recommend cleaning protocols and have been fortunate to receive the Moderna or Pzifer Covid vaccine this week. Vaccination is important in order to help keep all our employees and the families we serve safe".
In addition to distributing vaccinations, Destinations For Teens facilities has implemented the following procedures for all in-person programs:
• Established a revised screening process for admissions, including questions about recent fevers, travel and mandated negative COVID-19 test results. Anyone who poses a risk to our centers will not be admitted.
• Implement active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
• Remind residents to practice social distancing and perform frequent hand hygiene.
• Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms.
• Actively take the staff’s temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. If they are ill, have them put on a facemask and self-isolate at home.
• Destinations For Teens has revised how they interact with vendors and receiving supplies and equipment, and other non-health care providers (e.g., food delivery, etc.), and take necessary actions to prevent any potential transmission. For example, supply vendors transport supplies to dedicated locations versus inside of facilities.
• In lieu of in-person visits, facilities are offering alternative means of communication for people who would otherwise visit, such as virtual communications (phone, video-communication, etc.)
• Creating/increasing communication to update families, such as advising to not visit.
• Assigning staff as primary contact to families for inbound calls and conduct regular outbound calls to keep families up to date.