Excelsior Announces Evolution to Community-Based Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 
July 7, 2016                                                      

Excelsior announces evolution to community-based care
Long-standing treatment facility will transition youth off Aurora campus to focus on community-based services

(Aurora, CO –July 7, 2016) Excelsior, a 43-year-old residential and community-based treatment facility for at risk youth based in Aurora, will begin focusing exclusively on supporting and expanding its network of responsive, community-based services for youth and their families where they live.

As already provided by Excelsior across the Denver metro area and in Logan County, community-based services assist families and youth in crisis while building a sustainable network of support to preserve family unity where possible and encourage a positive path forward for the at risk youth and their families.

The current 18 youth residents will transition off the campus on East Oxford Avenue in Aurora by August 31 to other appropriate care. This realignment of services will require a reduction of the workforce of approximately 90 of the non-profit’s more than 150 employees. The school on the campus will be closed and educational services will be provided in community settings. Aurora campus space not used by Excelsior have been and will continue to be leased to institutions that share the organization’s goal of supporting youth and their families.

“While this will be a very difficult transition for our staff who have worked so hard to support the best outcomes for the youth we serve, it has become evident to us that a model where youth and their families can be supported in their community is the clearest path to permanence and healing for the youth we hope to help and for the long-term sustainability of our organization,” said Susan Hébert, Chief Executive Officer of Excelsior. “In everything we do, we have to keep as our highest priority helping the youth we serve create successful futures.”

Starting on September 1, all treatment will be provided through community-based services across the Denver metro area and in Logan County. Expansion to the northern region including Weld and Larimer counties as well as across the Front Range will continue.

“While we know this staff transition will be a difficult one, we on the board believe that this model is the only one that will both provide the comprehensive treatment we want for every child we reach as well as be a sustainable, flexible business model as we seek to serve the youth who need our support,” said John Farnam, chairman of the Excelsior Board of Directors. “In the end, we must stay focused on helping our vulnerable kids chart a course to the better future they deserve.”

After much careful examination, Excelsior has determined that its care model with the inclusion of residential care is not sustainable in this rapidly changing health care environment. Additionally, this change is ultimately in keeping with the long-term vision adopted by the operations and foundation boards, endorsed by current research on best practices in treatment options and trends within the industry and in alignment with direction from state and federal agencies.

For 43 years, Excelsior has strengthened and educated youth and families. Specializing in a wide range of behavioral health care services, Excelsior achieves lasting success through a continuum of innovative treatments and solutions. Excelsior’s Community-Based Services focus on helping families in crisis develop the capacity to successfully address challenges at home. By providing resources and strategies aimed at strengthening the family, Excelsior is able to preserve family unity and support at-risk youth before more intensive interventions are needed. The Excelsior team specializes in working with boys and girls who are a high risk for out-of-home placement, focusing on enhancing safety, improving relationships between family members and creating sustainable community support.

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