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Forest Ridge


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PO Box 515,
Estherville, IA  51334 Phone: 712-362-5608

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PREA Report for Forest Ridge

Forest Ridge was established in 1983 as a residential foster care facility for at-risk youth. The 140-bed program is located in rural Northwest Iowa and offers specialized Gender Responsive Services for adolescent girls ages 13-17 at admission. Girls in the program focus not just on behavior change but also on positive thinking patterns, healthy belief systems and the development of a positive value system that will provide internal guidance for the students when they leave the program. Students in the Forest Ridge Program live in a socially interactive environment where girls learn to give and receive help from others in a caring way with the guidance of trained staff, through positive role modeling and mentoring.


Programs Offered

Community Residential Treatment

Residential treatment designed for girls with significant patterns of multiple, unresolved emotional and behavioral issues. Common diagnoses include: Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Depression, Substance Abuse and others.

  • Gender Responsive programming
  • Skill-Building Services: Individual, Group, Crisis, and Family
  • Forest Ridge On-Campus School
  • Socially Interactive Environment
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Recreation and Leisure Opportunities and Interscholastic Sports
  • 1 to 8 Staff to Student Ratio
  • 6 to 12 month treatment design
  • D160-D190 Community Level Residential Treatment

Comprehensive Level Residential Treatment

Residential treatment designed for girls with significant patterns of multiple, unresolved emotional and behavioral issues. Common diagnoses include: Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Depression, Substance Abuse and others.

This program contains all of the components of Community Residential Treatment, with the following differences:

  • 1 to 5 Staff to Student Ratio
  • Increased Community Service Opportunities
  • D260—D290 Comprehensive Level Residential Treatment

Emergency Shelter care, CWES Services

Child Welfare Emergency Services for 10 Northwest Iowa counties.

Shelter service components available to any jurisdiction include:

  • 45 bed capacity, male and female in separate units
  • Staff secure
  • AEA education
  • Ages 12-17

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Jennifer Sievert
Executive Director Phone: 712-362-5608
Nikki Lawson
Admissions Department Phone: 712-362-5608