The Short-Term Treatment and Evaluation Program (STTEP) accepts children from all over the state of Alabama for a variety of behavioral problems that could not be managed or resolved within their home communities. They range in age from 6 to 12, and most reside in the STTEP unit, a 10-bed unit comprised of both boys and girls, between 30 and 90 days. These children typically have received services from local mental health centers or private therapists/physicians, or have had DHR involvement (for example placement in foster care or therapeutic foster care), but have so far not shown the desired level of improvement, suggesting that a higher level of care may be warranted.

The mission of the STTEP Unit here at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center is to

  1. Prevent the hospitalization of clients
  2. Provide a comprehensive assessment to facilitate the proper plans for discharge including input from the child and from their legal guardian
  3. Resolve the child’s mental, emotional, and behavioral problems so that the child may be moved to a less restrictive environment, ideally to their home community
  4. Support the child’s strengths and interests
  5. Support and enhance the child’s adaptive living skills, including coping skills
  6. Maintain the child’s academic achievements
  7. Provide quality services to the child, their caretakers, and all stakeholders who share the best interests of the child

Each child referred to the STTEP is closely examined by each member of the treatment team which includes a consulting psychiatrist, social worker, nurse, teacher, and other mental health professionals.  Most referrals have at least one Axis I diagnosis such as ADHD, ODD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, or other diagnoses defined by the DSM IV-R.

The STTEP is a jointly funded program by both the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and the Department of Human Resources, so all referrals to the STTEP Unit have had contact with either agency.

More Information

Visit our Residential FAQs for answers to common questions about our residential programs.

Look up contact information for the STTEP.

Use our intake appointment checklist to make sure you bring all required items.

Follow our packing list as you prepare for your child’s stay at Brewer-Porch.

View a typical daily schedule for this program.

Read about your child’s rights while at Brewer-Porch