About A&E

This voluntary, short-term residential program provides temporary structure, stabilization and treatment readiness for youth who require a staff-secured, out-of-home placement.

The goal for this program is to provide a safe place where youth can quickly enter and begin receiving services while those working with the youth and family can make longer term plans for the youth. 

Participants receive a comprehensive assessment administered by a licensed mental health professional, as well as a service plan — specifics for how the program will address the youth's issues — developed by the mental health consultant, parent (guardian) and the youth. Additional assessments (alcohol and drug, psychological, psychiatric, psychosexual) may be provided as indicated. 

The core philosophy of the program is to provide holistic, trauma-informedclient- and family-focused services for young people and their families, engaging youth in an array of services with consideration given to their developmental levels, gender needs, cultural background, community support, parental involvement, and other social support. The program follows best practices for trauma-informed care and emphasizes strength-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Services also include individual and group counseling in a culturally-responsive environment, skill training, and parent training.

Senate Bill 710

The A&E staff are committed to providing youth and their families with the best care, and we're committed to transparency. We're grateful that the people of Oregon and its lawmakers feel the same way. Senate Bill 710 changed the laws about restraints and seclusion, and it requires every Child Caring Agency, like A&E, to post quarterly reports detailing each instance of restraint and seclusion. Please get in touch (503-988-3460) if you have any questions about the bill or A&E's day-to-day practices. If you have concerns about a youth's safety or quality of care, you can also contact the Joint Commission.