The STAR, WIN and EXCEL Programs

The core of our programming is centered on three innovative treatment programs titled WIN STAR, WIN, WIN Advanced and WIN Excel. Utilizing evidenced based practices, the program was created in 1987 by Patrick K. Lacey, M.A. and Dennis Williamson; both former executive directors of the Christian Home. All are geared toward specific age ranges, and are designed to provide structure in the lives of our residents and teach them to become more accountable for their own behavior. The programs are targeted to four age-appropriate groups, and residents are assigned to one of the four groups based on their Individual Service Plans.

STAR – established in 1988 is geared towards adolescent residents between the ages of 10 – 13
The STAR Program is a division of the WIN Program geared primarily towards those residents who are between the ages of 10 and 13, and/or who have special needs that are best met through a more concrete and structured program. Staff ultimately decides which program a resident starts out in, after they are assessed in terms of their current level of functioning, their needs, and their age.

The heart of the STAR Program is a daily scorecard that is kept for each resident. The tally form provides the residents with clear expectations of appropriate behavior that they need to live by, while in placement, by outlining the specific areas of behavior that staff monitors throughout the day.

Once a day the residents will receive feedback on their behavior for the day in the form of the number of stars they earned and personal discussion with staff.

WIN – established in 1987 is geared towards pre-teen residents ages 12 – 14 
The “WIN/WIN Advanced Program” operates on a Development Process.  The Development Process works hand in hand with the Earnings Record.  The number of earnings a resident receives is calculated, along with other factors, in determining the progression of a resident on the Development Process.  The Development Process is designed to reward positive behavior, while disciplining negative behavior.  Privileges increase as the development increases.  A resident’s progress in the program is evaluated by his/her place in the Development Process. Each resident enters the WIN Program on Development 3 Orientation and depending on their behavior can move either up or down the development process.

  • Development 5
    The standards of achievement are high, but not unreachable and a worthy challenge to any resident who wants to succeed. Residents are expected to demonstrate a higher-level of independence and responsibility. The Development 5 youth is expected to be an employed, self-motivated, self- sufficient role model to their peers. To be considered for this development, youth have to prove themselves trustworthy of all the benefits of this level.
  • Development 4
    Development 4 youth must also show good anger management, maturity and positive leadership abilities.
  • Development 3 Orientation
    Is a “get to know” period designed for new residents entering the Program. For the first week, there is no out of house activity permitted and all residents must remain with staff both in house and out of house. After completing orientation, the following two weeks must reflect Development 4 earnings and behavior in order to request Development 4.
  • Development 3
    This Development is to prepare the residents for the increased responsibilities of Development 4 and 5. Staff will observe behaviors to determine if residents are mature and trustworthy to advance through the Development Process.
  • Development 2
    Is a restrictive Development designed for residents who display unacceptable, untrustworthy behaviors and are not accountable for their actions. Residents must be supervised at all times. They are only permitted to participate in supervised physical activities.
  • Development 1
    This is a short term disciplinary Development for those residents who exhibit negative behavior, such as:

    • Leaving the Home without permission
    • Physical outbursts against staff or other residents
    • Serious damage to property
    • Suspension from school
    • Drug and Alcohol use
    • Use of Tobacco product
    • Constant disregard for CHJ rules

    WIN Advanced – established in 1992 is geared towards teenage residents ages 15 and above.
    The WIN Advanced component of the WIN program was established to provide guidance, supervision and support to adjudicated children making the transition from more restrictive care to independent living.

    The goal of our WIN Advanced program is to prepare those residents who do not have alternative living arrangements to live successfully on their own once they are discharged from agency care.

    The Excel Program –Established in 2009 for youth over 18 who have graduated high school, participating in a higher education program and/or seeking, obtaining and maintaining gainful employment.

    The residents will be evaluated on their daily behavior and responsibilities, by completing a weekly Responsibility Sheet. They receive a weekly stipend based on their ability to follow the rules of the program. The program offers a level of freedom expected for college students and/or employed older youth. An Excel resident must be a responsible, self-motivated, self- sufficient role model to their peers.