Arrowhead residents are referred through probation departments, the Department of Children and Family Services, school districts, and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.  Private family placements are also accepted.  Adolescents who are placed at Arrowhead have experienced difficulties at home, in school, and in the community.  They are of normal intelligence and have no serious organic, physical, or emotional handicaps.

Arrowhead does not accept individuals who are diagnostically considered high homicidal or suicidal risks, inclined to commit violent acts against another person, or who have been involved in arson.

Prior to admission, referral sources should contact the Placement Director by phone (309) 799-7044, ext. 272 and must submit the following written material:

• Cover letter indicating the child’s current need for residential placement
• Program identification of all previous placements including hospitalization
• Medical history/records including immunization history
• Most recent psychological and psychiatric reports (and older copies, if pertinent)
• Psychosocial history/assessment.
• Most recent court order
• Other pertinent court orders (delinquency/probation orders)
• Copy of medical card
• Most recent school records (IEP, if applicable)
• Copy of birth certificate.
• Copy of Social Security (if unavailable, Social Security number will be provided)
• Sexually problematic or aggressive Protection Plan/Sexual Behavior Assessment.
• Parents’ name, address, and telephone number.

If the written referral material characterizes the youth as appropriate for Arrowhead’s residential programs, a pre-placement interview is then scheduled.  The pre-placement interview is conducted by the placement director and begins the assessment process to determine the client’s potential need for Medicaid Community Mental Health Services. The interview consists of diagnostic questioning, a maturity rating scale based on question responses, an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) exam to determine substance use, and a DSM-IV Diagnosis.  The clinical director, therapist, and case managers may participate in this interview, and the school principal may also be part of the decision-making process.

If the interview is conducted at Arrowhead, a tour of the facilities may be offered.   The pre-placement interview concludes with a final discussion of the tour, explanation of client’s rights, explanation of confidentiality and HIPAA issues, responsibility of the agency and of the client regarding treatment issues, and behavior management acknowledgement.  The placement director will contact the referring agency in writing with Arrowhead’s acceptance or rejection of the adolescent.