The Orion House is a 17-bed residential group home for male adolescent youth between the ages of 11 and 20. As a recognized Private Non-Medical Institution, the Orion House carries certification by the State of New Hampshire’s Department for Children Youth and Families and is accredited by CARF. Our services are designated “intermediate” in nature. Youth are typically referred and funded through the Department of Health offices of Child Protection, Juvenile Justice or Behavioral Health and must be committed to personal change and invested in taking personal responsibility for their actions, their treatment and their future. Referrals are screened based upon previous diagnostic assessments as well as their current level of need. Should a youth present as requiring a higher level of need, the referral team is notified of the reason for the denial and provided recommendations based on the Orion House’s review of the youth’s needs.
Orion House provides a structured and nurturing environment that addresses: behavioral, emotional, familial and adult living needs of the resident. With the use of a treatment team and experienced residential counselors, Orion House offers a trauma informed approach in developing individual skills sets that promote the independence and wellbeing of our residents. Our clinical staff are trained in Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Methodologies and our residential counselors are consistently trained in trust-based approaches as well as Handle with Care de-escalation techniques.
The Orion House, Inc is a residential treatment facility that has provided effective treatment services for more than thirty years. Over these thirty years, The Orion House has remained deeply committed to providing the very best treatment and services for our clients, their families, and our community. Historically, The Orion House began in the 1970’s as a group home for children ages 11-19. During this time the adolescents in the program needed someone to listen to them, three nutritional meals a day, a warm bed, and a safe place to turn to when in need of help. Our present day clientele are different: Typically, an adolescent enters the program demonstrating a variety of needs, both emotional and educational.
These needs may include any combination of the following; social-behavioral issues, educational challenges -such as emotionally handicapped or learning disabled; clinical diagnoses -such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD), Major Depression or drug and alcohol abuse. In most cases these behavioral, educational or emotional issues have not been addressed for many years. The program has evolved with a continued commitment to the therapeutic progress of the adolescent and their family: The Orion House works closely partnering with families to best meet individual treatment needs