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Note: This Handbook reflects the current rules for the Basic Residential program.  The Basic Residential program is “simulated” Independent Living, designed to prepare you for actual Independent Living in the near future.  This Handbook is updated on a regular basis, and questions regarding specific rules should be forwarded to the program.


Welcome to the Haag Home for Boys, a non-secure community residential treatment facility.  As you enter the program, you may be graduating from another program, placed from your home, or as a result of leaving a program you did not successfully complete.  Regardless of how you arrived here, you are beginning a community-based treatment program that stresses personal accountability and growth.  You will be given the opportunity to work on your education, family situation, employment, life skills and treatment issues.  You were chosen for this program because we believe you can benefit from it and that you have the ability to be successful here.  This program typically last between 4 and 8 months and varies according to treatment plan goals and caseworker expectations.

Our goal is to help you identify areas in which you need to grow and improve, skills you need to develop, and tasks you need to accomplish in order to graduate from this program with the tools to be successful in the future.  In order to meet this goal, together we will develop individualized treatment plans, identify goals and objectives you need to accomplish, and provide you with the opportunity to make good decisions.  We believe that you have the capacity to make good choices for yourself and to be held responsible for all your decisions and actions.  Your thinking and choice-making processes will be challenged daily by your treatment team.  We believe that it is through this process that people learn to make better and better decisions.

You probably have a lot of questions about where you will be, what it will be like, what the rules are and what you can expect.  This handbook is provided for the purpose of answering questions and orienting you to the program’s philosophy and rules.  It is expected that you will read through the handbook and clarify any question you may have with program staff.  We are aware that transitions can be difficult, so if there is something we could do to help, please ask.  Otherwise, it has been our experience that if you begin by relaxing and taking it slowly, your transition will be smoother.  Welcome!


Here’s how you get from here to there:

·                     Initial Screening: People involved with you, like your JPPO, family and counselor, meet with us and may bring you to the facility (or set up a phone call) to learn about the program, talk about your current situation, and how we can help you. 

·                     Administrative Period: You will spend approximately 7 days with us while we get to know you and your needs. You will be busy getting settled in and learning the rules.  You will be given an intake interview that will help determine your initial treatment plan, discuss rules and privileges, and set up appointments and schedules. If you need to complete your GED or work on your High School Diploma, you will be placed in the on-site school program.  During this period, you will spend most of your time on grounds and your activities are limited.  You will complete a 7-Day agenda of assignments and assessments, known as the A-Sheet.  As you progress in the program, you’ll earn more privileges.

·                     Regular Program: When the A-Sheet is finished, if you successfully complete your administrative period and pass a quiz designed to show your awareness of the rules, you will begin the regular program.  During your stay, we will identify problem areas, establish specific goals and work together to achieve them.

·                     Graduation: We will continue to work with you and help you complete the requirements for your release in a timely-manner (usually 6 – 8 months).

·                     Follow-up: We want to know how you are doing and hear about your successes and challenges.  Upon graduation, we will work with you closely for 90-days to help you transition smoothly and be available to provide additional services if needed.


·                     You are the most important person on your treatment team.  It is important that you take this seriously, express your concerns, hopes, progress, and needs at each meeting.  You are the best expert on you.

·                     Family Members are involved, as appropriate, to help work out problems, support your success, and help you decide what is best for you after graduation.

·                     Primary Care Staff (optional) make decisions on your behalf, help you get services, monitor your progress, and see that this program is assisting you in meeting your goals.  They assure that you are living up to your end of the bargain on a daily basis.

·                     Treatment Manager designs your service plan, assists you with accurately identifying and correcting improper behaviors and attitudes, and helps you deal with difficult issues and stressful times.

·                     Program Manager plans your day-to-day activities while helping you solve problems and assists in reviewing your progress on your service plan.

·                     Other people are also part of your treatment team.  The program brings in people to work with you on your treatment issues and help you be successful.  These people may include a therapist to work on specific issues; a teacher to help with education; or other specialists.  Your parents, extended family, and significant others may be invited to participate, depending on your situation.

These people are interested in your well-being and work together in an effort to help you be successful. 

We believe this program is for you, and whether or not it works is mostly up to you.  We are here to help, but whether you get what you need to move on and do better has to do with how well you work your program.  Here are some expectations and responsibilities.

·         Know your treatment plan: It’s your plan and it shows you what you need to be working on and how to work on it, who’s available to assist you, and when it should be done.

·         Take accountability for yourself: Figure out what you want from life, from this program, and from your treatment team and follow through.

·         Focus on the skills you need: This program is about you getting and practicing the skills you need to be independent and successful.  Remember:  if you keep doing the same old things, you’ll keep getting the same results.

·         Actively participate in your treatment plan: Your plan is reviewed weekly and will direct your life for the next week - - be an active part of the process.  Let us know what you need and want, what is working for you, and what isn’t.  Make sure your successes are noticed and take accountability for your mistakes.

·         Be honest: You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, but honesty really does matter.  How much freedom, trust, and responsibility you get depends a lot on how truthful you are.  More importantly, whether or not this program helps you, or is a waste of your time and ours, will depend on how honest you are with yourself and us.


The Haag Home staff recognizes that you have important rights that need to be respected and protected.  These rights are listed below and both students and staff should be familiar with them.  Violations of these rights will be subject to the grievance process.

·         The right to respectful, impartial, and fair treatment, and to be addressed by name in a dignified manner.

·         The right to not be subjected to physical punishment, harassment, intimidation, threats, harm, assault, humiliation, or interference with reasonable eating, sleeping, or bathroom functions, by any other juvenile or staff person.

·         The right to timely and reasonable access to your attorney upon request.

·         The right to meet with your attorney in a private area within the facility.

·         The right to be under the supervision of trained staff members or volunteers and not other juveniles.

  • The right to not be discriminated against because of race, national origin, color, creed, or handicap.
  • The right to voluntarily participate in appropriate religious services and counseling and access to clergy, publications, and related services that allow you to follow your religious practices in accordance with your treatment plan and guided by your attitude and performance in the program.
  • The right to nutritious meals, proper bedding, clean clothing, daily showers, toilet facilities, adequate lighting, proper ventilation for warmth and fresh air, and an overall safe environment maintained in compliance with state and local fire and safety laws and regulations.
  • The right to appropriate psychological, medical and dental treatment, as needed.
  • The right to have reasonable family visits, as appropriate, and to send and receive uncensored mail.
  • The right to participate in the facility and community and to meet your educational needs, subject to state and local laws and program policy.
  • The right to participate in recreation, on and off grounds, as guided by your attitude and performance in the program and program policy.
  • The right to be paid for work assignments unless it is related to housekeeping, facility maintenance, or community service.
  • The right to report problems or complaints you have while in the program without fear of punishment.
  • The right to appeal disciplinary measures taken against you and have a response in accordance with grievance procedures.
  • The right to be informed of all applicable rules and responsibilities at the time you enter the program.
  • The right to have a reasonable amount of your own money for small purchases, in accordance with facility rules and requirements.


Your first responsibility is to try to resolve a problem with the person informally by discussing the matter with them.  If the issue has not been adequately resolved, ask a staff member to go with you and discuss the matter together in hopes of coming to an agreeable solution.

If you have completed both steps above and an informal resolution cannot be made, you should request and complete a grievance form and submit it to the Program Manager.  If you need help filling out the form, ask a staff member for assistance.  Note: you must do your best to resolve a problem at the lowest possible level by discussing the matter and negotiating a reasonable settlement first before continuing with a formal grievance.

Formal Grievance Process

  • Select a representative or spokesperson from the staff.

·         Ask your staff representative for a grievance form.

·         Complete the grievance form (ask for help if needed).

·         Submit the form to the Program Manager if available or the staff on duty.

·         The staff on duty will notify the Program Manager who will forward the form to the staff in question.  The staff must respond in writing by the end of their next scheduled shift.

·         If a staff member fails to respond within a reasonable time or the response is unsatisfactory, you should proceed to the next level of review.  Notify the Program Manager in writing of your hearing request.

·         If you have an emergency grievance, such as lack of essential medical care, your grievance will be reviewed as soon as possible and no later than the next shift.

·         The grievance procedure itself will be used to determine whether a specific complaint should be handled by the grievance procedures.

First level review: Initial Hearing

The Program Manager will meet with the Treatment Manager, the staff or student being grieved and the student that filed the grievance.  This review will occur within three working days.  Findings will be submitted to the student in writing within 24 hours of the hearing.

At the review, you will be asked to describe your side of the story, call witnesses, and question facts presented.  Recommendations may include disciplinary action against staff members or juveniles; further investigation; changes in policies or procedures; any combination of these; or no action.

Last level: Authority review

The findings of the review authority may be appealed to the Executive Director.  He will review the matter within three working days of receiving the report and submit his findings in a written report within three additional working days.  The findings of the Executive Director are final.


  • You will follow the program rules, procedures, schedules, and staff directions.
  • You will speak and act in an appropriate and respectful manner toward students and staff.
  • You will be honest in matters regarding your program, safety issues, contraband and program rules.  Note:  In previous placements there may have been a code of silence surrounding youth behavior.  We do things differently here - if you are asked a direct question, you will give a complete, honest answer.
  • You will keep your living areas neat and clean.
  • You will be employed at least 24 hours/week and/or actively searching for a job.
  • You will not discriminate against other students or staff or use language or behave in a way that implies threat, prejudice, or discrimination.
  • You will act responsibly and appropriately during visits and community activities, including not accepting or passing contraband, and not violating the law.
  • You will maintain your clothes and body in a clean and odor-free condition, keep your hair clean and combed, and practice good personal hygiene.
  • You will report any violation of your rights to staff.
  • You will follow the grievance procedures to make a complaint or reporting any action taken against you by anyone because of your complaint.


These rules are based on common sense and are designed to provide a safe, healthy and appropriate environment in which you can achieve the goals of your treatment plan.

There will BE NO:

·         Drugs, alcohol or paraphernalia (pipes, screens, clips, papers, shot glasses etc.)

·         Hitchhiking or riding in unapproved vehicles at any time

·         Knives, razor blades, box cutters, firearms, explosives, fireworks, weapons or dangerous materials

·         Laser pointers

·         Going into rooms other than your own

·         Borrowing or lending money, clothing or other articles

·         Food, drink, or dining room items (plates, silverware etc.) anywhere but the dining rooms, picnic tables, or approved apartments

·         Females on or hanging-around the facility (without prior authorization)

·         Sexual contact of any kind between residents

·         Piercing or tattooing (without prior authorization)

·         Clothing, pictures, music, literature or other items that glorify alcohol, drugs, violence, racism, satanism, hatred, biker or gang related behavior

·         Face masks, bandanas, or other gang-associated items

·         Outrageous or inappropriate hair styles

·         Pornography of any kind

·         Lighters, matches, incense, candles, oil lamps, lighter fluid, or other flammable materials or open flames in any building at any time

·         Tampering with or disabling fire or smoke alarms

·         Horseplay or roughhousing

·         Causing damage to the facility or the property of other juveniles

·         Leaving the property after curfew or without permission

·         Yelling at or gesturing to people off property or being disrespectful to others

·         “War-storying” or glorifying past acts of violence, criminality, sexual conquests, drug use or alcohol use


You will need to adopt habits and practices that promote good personal hygiene and sanitary conditions.  The following is required of you:

·         Keep your room neat and clean at all times

·         Shower at least once daily using soap, shampoo etc. – never go to bed dirty

·         Wash clothes regularly, as needed and bedding at least every other week

·         Wear clean sleeping clothes when you go to bed

·         Make your bed when you get up

·         Brush your teeth with toothpaste at least once per day or more often if needed

·         Use deodorant / antiperspirant

·         Facial hair will be regulated on an ‘overall appearance’ test and must be appropriate and neatly trimmed

·         Maintain your hair in a neat, clean, and appropriate style – if in doubt, ask

·         You must be fully dressed at all times outside of your apartment


All clothing should be neat, clean and in good repair.  As a general rule you will need to have the following:

  • Cotton socks
  • Underwear
  • Cotton T-shirts
  • Sweatpants or shorts
  • Sweatshirts or sweaters
  • Shirts (at least one dress shirt)
  • Jeans and/or slacks (at least on dress slacks)
  • Shoes (at least one dress shoes)
  • Warm jacket
  • Sleeping clothes of some type


Basic psychological, medical and some dental and vision services are available to you through the Oregon Health Plan.  If you require these services, it is your responsibility to bring it to the attention of the staff on duty.  If it is not a serious problem, staff will discuss possible treatment options or if you need to see a doctor, an appointment will be made, as appropriate.  If the problem is serious, staff will take appropriate action.

If you are prescribed a new medication or a change has been made to your existing medication, let staff know immediately.  You will drop off your prescription and staff members will pick up the medication when it is ready.  You may also purchase certain non-prescription medicines with staff permission, to use as needed.  All medication, over the counter or prescription, must be held and administered by staff.  Any medication that is taken without staff permission or not taken according to the package directions may be considered drug ABuse (see Drug and Alcohol Policy).   You are responsible for taking your medications at the proper times and as prescribed.  If you are having difficulty with your medication, would like to consider stopping or adjusting your meds or have any questions, ask staff immediately.

If you are feeling sick, you will need to notify staff immediately.  You will get up in the morning, check-in, complete your room cleaning duties and return to bed, with staff permission.  You will stay on grounds and preferably in your room until the following day or until you are given permission to be up.  You will be checked on hourly.  If you are obviously seriously ill, staff will excuse you from morning check-in and room chores.


If you are under 21, there will be none – it’s the law.  You will not use or possess tobacco products of any kind.  ORS 167.400 states that you can be ticketed and fined up to $100. This applies to snuff, loose tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, or chew.  If you are 21 or over, you may smoke if you choose, provided you do so off property and as your program level and curfew times allow.  Note:  ORS 163.575 states that anyone 21 or over who sells or gives tobacco products to minors can be fined from $100 to $500.


Contraband is any item or items that are inappropriate or pose a safety or health risk to you or others.  Program policy requires regular clothing and room searches to control access to and the spread of contraband.  Items that are found will be removed and stored in a secure location for disposal or to be turned over to your JPPO, as appropriate. 


This program is absolutely drug and alcohol free.  Possession, distribution, or use of drugs, alcohol or related paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.  In order to uphold a high standard, random urine-testing procedures are in effect at all times.  The presence of agents used to hide drug use or invalidate the test, or a dilute specimen, will result in a failed test, and will be considered dirty.  If you have used, notify your treatment team immediately.  You will present your situation and begin to work through your consequences.

Distribution of a controlled substance within a thousand feet of a school is a felony.  Since our entire facility is within that buffer zone, any controlled substance brought on property and distributed to or shared with others may fall under this law.

Distributing a controlled substance on grounds may result in your removal from the program.  See the D&A Use Policy that is posted in the office for further information.


This is a transition program and as such, you are allowed to leave the property within certain guidelines.  We are required to account for your whereabouts at all times.  You are required to ‘sign-out’ with the staff-on-duty.  You may sign out, with staff permission, to approved locations for a short time (see Level System).  When you leave the property, you should go directly to the location you signed out to and return from there at the designated time.   You are required to use the approved routes of 6th Street and Ivy Street only when checked out in Junction City.  You must have your Haag Home ID with you when checked out in Junction City.


This is a non-secure community residential facility; no program staff will ever attempt to physically detain you if you decide to leave -- however you will be considered AWOL.  In most cases you will be considered on the run or ‘AWOL’ if you leave the property without permission; leave the property after your curfew; or are absent from a location you have checked-out to.

Being AWOL means that:

·         You have committed a parole/probation violation

·         A warrant will be placed for your arrest

·         Your placement here may be revoked

·         You will be held responsible for your actions

·         The Haag Home will not be responsible for any items you leave behind


Everyone is required to search for and maintain employment while at the Haag Home.  We view the responsibility of earning and budgeting money as extremely important and the money management skills you learn now will be used for the rest of your life.  A number of local employers count on us to provide workers on a short-term basis.  You may be given the opportunity to work, even if it is your day off or you have already worked.  Remember, this is a short-term program and you will benefit from the experience and the money earned.

All of the money you earn is placed in a Haag Home trust account.  You are allowed a minimum “work draw” each day that you go to work.  In addition, you will have money “available” to you according to how much you work, your level in the program, and the amount you have accumulated in savings.  The remainder is saved toward your transition (and any restitution/fines/fees, etc.), so that you will have adequate resources to make it on your own after graduation. When you get paid, you may not cash any checks or spend any money paid to you unless you have specific permission from staff prior to doing so.  In most cases your account balance must be at least $2000 - $3000 to graduate the program.

You are eligible to take a draw against your account each time you work.  The computer will give you an “available” amount based on things such as your level, hours worked and amount saved so far and sobriety status.  Be careful how you budget your money.  As clients get closer to transition, a budget and community bank account may be set up if approved by the treatment manager and JPPO.


The Haag Home encourages mail to and from significant people in your life.  No one will be opening or reading your mail without your permission.  However, all packages and mail that may reasonably contain contraband must be opened in the presence of staff.  A small amount of paper and envelopes may be provided for you if you do not have your own.

There is a student phone available for your use (local, calling card, or collect calls only).  Please be respectful to others and limit your calls to a reasonable length.  Please be appropriate and respectful when you answer the phone, as it may be family members or potential employers.  The phone will be off limits until 5:30am, during groups and turned off at lights out.  You may use the office phone to notify your parent or guardian of your placement in this program, any additional long-distance calls can be made by calling collect or using a pre-paid calling card.  Calling cards are usually available from the program for a minimal fee.


We encourage family visits whenever possible -- there will not typically be off-campus visits for your first few days.  After this time, how often you may go home will depend on your family situation, treatment needs, and your level status.  Your parole agreement remains in effect and the following rules will apply during all home visits:

·         Obtain prior approval for the visit from program staff, parole officer and others, as needed -- five days notice usually is sufficient

·         Provide a phone number and address where you can be reached

·         Remain in the care and control of your parent or visit resource

·         Obey all Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances

·         Not possess any weapon or dangerous materials of any kind

·         Abstain totally from the use or possession of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia, including prescription drugs not prescribed to you, and non-prescription drugs not given to you by a designated responsible adult

·         Follow reasonable instructions and directions at all times

·         Participate in appropriate family activities

·         Assume responsibility for household chores

·         Take and complete a Home Visit Report form

Failure to follow these rules may affect your ability to take visits in the future.  You will be screened for drug use upon your return.


When you arrive, we recommend you mark your belongings with your initials. If you purchase or receive any other items, you should bring them to staff so they can be inventoried. When you leave the program, you will take only the items that you own.

We strongly discourage you from bringing in anything of significant value as it may be damaged or stolen.  Please be aware that the Haag Home is not responsible for the loss or damage of any item.  If you have a question as to whether an item is appropriate or not, ask before you bring it.


Dating is a normal experience for teens; however, your primary goal during your placement here is to work toward your treatment goals and successfully move on with your life.  Rules regarding dating will depend on your age, maturity level, progress in the program and other factors.  If you have any questions, ask.

You will not initiate or prolong contact with anyone more than 2 years younger than you.  Some students may have additional and/or more restrictive requirements. (See your primary staff or the Treatment Manager)  In all cases, staff will need to meet the people you wish to spend time with either as friends or dating.  In addition, if you wish to spend time with people under the age of 18, a program representative will need to speak with their parents.


The following is a partial list of privileges you may have at the Haag Home.  They are earned by appropriate behavior and they can and will be restricted as a means to help you comply with your treatment plan.

·         Draws

·         Store runs

·         Telephone/Cell Phone use

·         Computer/Game System use

·         Home visits

·         Visitors

·         Community activities


Consequences result from failure to comply with program rules, your treatment plan, or direct instructions of your PO or Haag Home staff.  Inappropriate behavior and/or poor attitude will result in the removal of some or all of your privileges and may result in additional consequences.

Whenever possible, the consequence will be logically associated with the violation and be effective immediately (See the graduated consequences list).  Consequences you may receive include but are not limited to the following:

·         Loss of privileges

·         Extra chores

·         Early curfew time

·         Grounds restriction

·         Problem solving projects



Student rooms are set up for simulated dorm or apartment-style living and having roommates is part of the program.  You are expected to get along with your peers, treat each other appropriately, and respect each other’s property, and personal space.

Apartments C and D are for new students and house up to 4 students each.  Apartment A is for upper-level students and house up to 3 students.  Apartment B is set up as a transition apartment with additional benefits and responsibilities and house up to 2 students.  These rooms must remain reasonably clean at all times or you may be asked to move out.


You may listen to the music you choose within the following guidelines:

·         Your stereo is turned off when you leave the room and during lights out

·         The volume is kept at a level so that it is not heard outside your room

·         Music containing offensive, vulgar or racist language may be restricted according to your individual treatment plan, and will not be played out loud (headphones only)

When involved in certain outdoor activities, you may bring an audio device with ear buds.  While most people enjoy music, they may not enjoy what you listen to – please be respectful of others.


In order to develop the skills necessary to live independently, you will occasionally assist staff members in developing menus, shopping for, preparing and serving meals.  You are responsible for preparing your own breakfast and lunch and will work together, as assigned by staff members, to prepare and serve brunch and dinner.

Meals will be available during the following times.  If your work schedule conflicts with these times you should make other arrangements with staff, prior to the conflict.

Breakfast (weekdays)                     Fix Your Own                                    6:00 – 10:00am

Brunch (weekends)                        Fix Your Own or Prepared                  8:00 – 10:00am

Lunch                                            Fix Your Own                                    10:00 – 1:00pm

Dinner                                           Prepared Meal                                   6:00 – 7:00pm  


Your level will determine your check-in time (typically by 8:00 am if not employed).  You are required to check-in at the office, clean, dressed, and ready for the day.  Your chores should be completed before you may check off grounds.

The level system and the residents in each apartment will also determine lights-out.  You should plan to have your activities completed before this time (chores, exercises, letter writing, reading etc.)  You may complete your laundry (but not start new) as long as it does not disturb your roommates or neighbors.  You must be in your own apartment and have your lights turned off by this time and in your own bed and quiet within 15 minutes.

If you have someone in your room that works late or needs to get up early, please be respectful of those who are trying to sleep.  Remember that you may be the one that wants to go to bed early or sleep in next time.


The level system is used to help clarify how you are doing and what kind of supervision and support you need in order to successfully complete this program.  Levels are reviewed weekly in response to your overall attitude, behavior, and how effectively you are working your program.  See Level Description Quick Reference Guide for specific expectations, privileges and the most current updates.

Program Rewards and Punishers.  Rewards are privileges that are given as a youth advances up the level system.  Punishers are the removal of rewards as a youth moves down through the level system. 

Level A:  When you arrive at the Haag Home, you enter on Level ‘A’ for Administrative Status.  This is designed to last 7 to 8 days, (until you complete you’re A - sheet).  You will have a number of things to accomplish during this time.  Most of your time will be spent on grounds learning the rules, doing assessments designed to help develop your treatment plan, completing all required paperwork and scheduling appointments as needed.  Your time will be structured as you follow your orientation schedule and have staff sign off as each objective is met. You will continue to work on your treatment plan and identify issues you want or need to work on.  With permission, you may host your family on-grounds and/or leave for a short period of time if approved.  When you have completed your orientation sheet, and you have shown you can operate within the boundaries of the program, you will be evaluated as follows:

Level D (dependent):   

This level indicates that you are not meeting the minimum standard in one (or more) areas of the program for the week.  It is also an indicator that you may require additional staff assistance in the management of your day-to-day functions and activities.  If you do not have a job, you will look for work a minimum of 3 times per week.  Your time off grounds will be supervised by program staff.  With permission, you may host your family on/off-grounds as our schedule allows. 

Level I (independent): 

This level indicates that you are meeting/exceeding the standards for the week.  You have demonstrated that you do not need additional staff assistance in the management of your day-to-day functions and activities.  Your time off grounds can be independent of staff supervision providing you have an approved plan.


This handbook is designed to familiarize you with general program guidelines.  You are responsible for learning its contents.  On day 7, you will be given a quiz that will show us that you know and understand what is in this handbook.  These are general guidelines only.  You must consistently consult and follow your treatment plan and the guidance of your primary staff for additional rules and requirements that apply specifically to you.










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