Ferris School for Boys
Ferris School is a secure care, ACA accredited treatment facility providing services for up to 72 court committed males, ages 13 to 18. The average length of stay is six months, followed by a six-week transition program at Mowlds Cottage. Youth committed to Ferris are identified as serious and/or chronic repeat offenders, who pose a risk to themselves or others and require intensive rehabilitative treatment.
Ferris offers a structured learning environment that integrates all elements of rehabilitation: Education, programming, treatment, and therapeutic clinical programs at the start of each day. Programming is individualized and prescriptive to meet the needs of the youth. Staff is trained to view every interaction with the youth as a learning opportunity to enhance their pro-social skills. Throughout the youth’s stay, treatment staff maintains contact with the family to assist with a successful family reunification.
Youth programming includes: Drug and alcohol treatment, conflict resolution, aggression replacement training, sex education, HIV and violence prevention, gun violence, victim sensitivity, and youth mentoring services. Treatment staff facilitate programming and are required to have a bachelor’s degree in education or behavioral science.
In addition to having certified teachers through the Department of Education, Ferris School also has an established mentorship program to enhance the academic learning environment. The Ferris Mentor Program currently has 25 active mentors.
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These programs are funded through the the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families and combined community efforts which include private funding through grants and donations.
Licensed Drug/Alcohol Residential Treatment Center
The Turning Point Treatment Program has been licensed since 2004 by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). This initiative began in January 2000 with the hiring of a Clinical Supervisor. This is a state funded drug/alcohol treatment program that receives additional funding support through the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Federal Grant.
This comprehensive substance abuse treatment program begins with sixteen core didactic classes on all forms of drugs. The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) education series provides information regarding the categories of drugs such as depressants, stimulants, hypnotics, hallucinogens, inhalants, tobacco and their impact on cognitive functioning and decision making as well as the long term health implications.
All residents entering Ferris School receive a Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) assessment to determine drug/alcohol and other treatment needs.
Ferris School for Boys Contact Information
Mailing Address: 959 Centre Road, Building #15, Wilmington, DE 19805
Main Number: 302-993-3800
Thomas Spell, Superintendent - 302-993-3812
Tanya Banks, Acting Assistant Superintendent - 302-993-3813