Laradon Calabrese Youth Center Marks Its Second Anniversary
February 1, 2021
January 2021 marked the second anniversary of Laradon Calabrese Youth Center (Laradon CYC), which provides residential and behavioral services to Colorado children and youth with intensive needs who have been placed in facilities, hospitals, and other residential care facilities out of state and often away from family and resources.
Laradon CYC provides 24-hour residential services to youth ages 11-18, who have identified intellectual or developmental disabilities. The program is designed to assist youth and their families in resolving social, emotional, and behavioral problems so they can return to their home or community. Laradon CYC provides on-site Applied Behavioral Analysis, frequent opportunities for therapy, educational integration to include an on-site day treatment program, and high staffing ratios in a trauma-responsive environment.
In 2020, in order to keep Colorado children and youth in Colorado, Laradon CYC worked with young people stepping down from hospitalization, exiting juvenile justice programs, returning from out-of-state placement or experiencing disrupted placements. The program was able to provide treatment, stability, and interventions to help youth step down to lower levels of care, return to family or successfully transfer to adult services. Even during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was able to continue treatment, education and recreation activities for the children and youth in their care.
In addition to Laradon’s 9.2 acre campus, which includes a playground, basketball court and access to a gymnasium, the program incorporated additional building space for use by Laradon CYC residents for soothing and leisure.