The QUEST program is designed to improve the quality of life for female offenders through counseling, treatment and education.
The QUEST program is located on the grounds of the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy south of Custer.
The living area is designed in a dormitory style for girls between the ages of 14 and 17.
The girls that are served by QUEST have all been placed in the custody of the DOC by the court system for a variety of reasons. Both Delinquent Children and Children in Need of Supervision may be placed at QUEST at the direction of the Director of Placement. The girls are primarily non-violent offenders. Any girl that fails to abide by the rules of the program may be dismissed from the program and placed in a different environment consistent with their correctional and treatment needs.
QUEST serves girls that have in many cases been physically or sexually abused or have significant chemical dependency issues requiring a level of treatment that is generally not available within a community setting. A typical stay at QUEST will be 6 to 9 months and involves the girls participating in counseling, life skills development, educational classes, physical activity, learning structure and self discipline.
Each girl is placed on an Individual Treatment Plan within 30 days of entering the program. The student, parents, guardians, JCA and counselor are all involved in identifying strengths and needs of each student. Each plan consists of goals and objectives for the student to address during their placement. Specific time frames are established to allow students to measure their progress against the established plan.
Students are provided with clothing and essentials during their stay at QUEST This prevents students from potentially identifying with any gang or social status groups based on the type of clothing they may wear. Students are encouraged to maintain contact with their family, if appropriate, during their stay. Each student is provided one phone call per week to family members at no cost. Additional phone privileges are available to upper level students as approved by the program manager. Students may also have visitors on a weekly basis in accordance with the DOC visitation policy. Family members are also encouraged to participate in additional visitation and family activities such as open house or holiday activities.
The amount of personal property a student may possess during the program is limited due space availability. Parents should contact program staff prior to sending any items through the mail transporting them during a visit to ensure it is an allowable item. Students may have written communication with family members as often as desired. The DOC will provide each student with 3 stamps and envelopes each week.
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