AMIkids Piedmont was founded in 1996 to operate South Carolina DJJ’s Piedmont Wilderness Institute. In response to the changing needs of DJJ, AMIkids has transformed its program to AMIkids WINGS Piedmont, a female-only residential program with a 20-bed capacity.
Programming for adolescent girls is uniquely different than programming for boys. Research has shown that girls are more likely to be committed to residential programming for less serious offenses than boys, and a majority of girls who are committed have diagnosed mental health problems, a history of trauma and loss, and have suffered sexual or physical abuse. Providers of residential care for girls must have a deep understanding of the differences between girls and boys in the juvenile justice system, and offer research-based programming that directly responds to those differences.
AMIkids WINGS Piedmont uses the evidence-based, research-driven AMIkids Personal Growth Model © in offering dynamic programs and comprehensive services to treat each kid's unique issues, primarily focusing on education, behavior modification, and treatment.
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