The Board of Child Care’s Campolina Way group homes are a licensed behavioral health, level II children’s facility located in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Services at Campolina Way are designed to help youth who are at a critical and vulnerable time of their lives. By overcoming emotional, psychological, educational, and behavioral issues, the ultimate goal is to help youth achieve family reunification, adoption, or transition to independent living and adulthood.
The homes in Martinsburg currently have a capacity of 15. There are two homes for boys, housing five each, and one girls home, housing five girls. As a rule, staffing is generally two staff per five residents/participants, but can be as many as two staff up to 10 residents. For example, if there is an outing and two staff go with a group of eight residents who have shown enough stability to be on the outing, this ratio of four kids to one staff member would remain an acceptable ratio.
The program provides residential treatment services and academic and therapeutic support to male and female youth, ages 12 to 21, who have co-existing mental/behavioral health and intellectual or developmental disability diagnoses. Each of the three campus houses, built to specifically serve each gender, contain five bedrooms, four bathrooms, an open concept kitchen/dining/living area, a laundry room, and recreation and game rooms.
The small, group home setting allows residents to receive therapeutic and supportive experiences that are individualized and crafted to their personal strengths and interests. Each resident participates in family-style activities like preparing meals and doing chores, as well as individual lessons such as menu planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, laundry, and making healthy eating choices.
Residents also enjoy more traditional recreational activities such as going to the movies, miniature golfing, playing basketball, passing a football, hiking, or swimming in local pools.
Youth at Campolina Way attend public school in the Spring Mills school district. If a resident has been attending an area school outside of the district prior to admission, BCC can make arrangements for them to continue at that school if he or she so chooses. Board of Child Care believes that academic success serves as a strong therapeutic intervention. Therefore, we work in close collaboration with the school system to link residents to appropriate placements and advocate when necessary for additional assessments and classroom accommodations.
By being in a community-based setting and attending public schools, youth in the program have many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities. In addition to attending school dances and sporting events, residents also participate in school club activities such as FFA and Junior ROTC. They can be seen marching in area parades, making and selling apple butter, giving tours at local museums, presenting at state-wide meetings and competitions as well as many other exciting activities.
Campolina Way Admissions:
Victoria Brooks, LGSW