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HOLLY HILL CHILDRENS HOME INC

Rooted in Hope

aka Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions   |   California, KY   |  www.hollyhill-ky.org

Mission

Holly Hill Child and Family Solutions strengthens the lives of children through its programs and services focused on the child. At Holly Hill Child and Family Solutions, we help plant the seeds for growth. We strive for each child to grow both roots and wings to thrive and flourish.

Ruling year info

1953

Chief Executive Officer

James Sherry

Main address

9599 Summer Hill Rd

California, KY 41007 USA

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EIN

61-0461729

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most of our children are affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or significant trauma that could have a long-lasting impact on their lives. As a result of their experiences, our children need a variety of interventions. Some of the children we serve need help learning appropriate behaviors at home and in the community. Some of our children need help managing behavioral health challenges that may keep them from remaining in their homes. We also serve families that need help ensuring that both parents can have positive, nurturing interactions with their children. And some of our children can't live at home, but need to stay with us for a time to receive the intensive help they need to eventually return home or transition into independent living. Throughout our programs, Holly Hill strives to provide trauma-informed care, in which the physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers is paramount.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Treatment

The Residential Treatment program at Holly Hill provides support for adolescent girls ages 11-18 with severe emotional and/or behavioral needs. Residents live at our 24-bed facility on our California, KY campus for an average of 6-9 months where they receive intense therapy services in a highly-structured environment and attend local public schools.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Licensed Therapists conduct sessions with the client, their parents or guardians, and siblings in the home, at school, or our office to help improve the quality of life for everyone involved. Children in this program have severe emotional and/or behavioral issues and are at risk for being hospitalized or placed outside of their homes. This program encourages positive interactions with the child in a community setting in ways that allow them to learn how to interact appropriately within their environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Case Management program at Holly Hill serves children and youth, up to age 21, who have complex behavioral healthcare needs and are at risk of being removed from their homes. Case Managers coordinate services for the child that focus on stabilizing the home environment and preserving the family unit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Holly Hill’s Supervised Visitation program provides an opportunity for visiting parents/guardians to maintain contact with their children in a safe, neutral setting. These supervised visits take place at our office in Highland Heights.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

An embedded day treatment program provided to middle and high school students in collaboration with Gallatin County Renew Academy. Licensed therapists utilize evidence-based therapeutic practices, as well as evidence-based curriculum, to provide group therapy services Monday-Friday.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Students

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member

United Way Member Agency

Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Throughout our programs, Holly Hill strives to provide trauma-informed care, in which the physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers is paramount, with the goal of helping survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Research has found that children who experience extreme negative situations or ACEs have a better chance of living healthy lives if they can develop resilience. Fortunately, the ability to build resilience, by counterbalancing negative experiences with protective experiences and coping skills, can be taught at any age (Harvard.edu).

The programs and services that Holly Hill provides help children build resilience. The four key positive influences affecting children's resilience are:
1. Facilitating supportive adult-child relationships;
2. Building a sense of self-efficacy and perceived control;
3. Providing opportunities to strengthen adaptive skills and self-regulatory capacities; and
4. Mobilizing sources of faith, hope and cultural traditions.

All of Holly Hill's programs (therapy services, day treatment programs, case management, supervised visitation and residential treatment) incorporate these four principles. For example, our therapy services and supervised visitation help build supportive adult-child relationships through communication and play; our residents at Holly Hill's residential campus attend local schools to give them a sense of self-efficacy, perceived control, and to strengthen their adaptive and self-regulatory skills. Finally, our staff honors the traditions of our clients in all of our programs; and residential treatment clients receive transportation to faith-based activities.

Holly Hill has been teaching children resilience throughout its history. Our current programs and services are designed to be the most effective and least restrictive, putting the welfare of children first and helping families rebuild. As a result, we have developed a reputation for quality and caring, while remaining cost-effective. For example, the ratio of our program staff to non-program staff is high which contains administrative service costs. Yet Holly Hill spends more on residents than the state requires, for example purchasing new personal clothing for each child. Challenges still remain but Holly Hill is fortunate to have continuity of its staff, with many therapists and intervention specialists working for the agency for decades.

At the end of 2015, there were 955 children in residential treatment in Kentucky and thousands more in treatment foster care or receiving other behavioral health interventions. Even as the need for services increases, the business of providing care for these children continues to grow in complexity and cost. Government support for behavioral healthcare has not increased in recent decades and may decrease further due to changes at the federal level, making expensive interventions like inpatient care (hospital psychiatric treatment) and residential treatment (such as Holly Hill's program for adolescent girls) less desirable in comparison to less expensive options like treatment foster care. As a result, any child who can succeed in treatment foster care is placed there, leaving only the most difficult to treat children in the care of treatment centers. Over the past few years, the needs of girls referred to Holly Hill has increased, with those requiring the highest level of care growing from 30% of those referred to 70%.

The State of Kentucky would like to eliminate out of home care completely, but this is not possible since higher levels of care are needed by many children. Since the number of beds is insufficient to meet the needs, some of the children who have been removed from their homes are being sent across the state for treatment due to lack of services in their immediate area, creating an additional hardship for families. In order to serve all their clients, behavioral healthcare organizations must adapt to serve larger markets in broader geographic areas, requiring for-profit business principals to manage the organizations correctly. Some organizations have this skill set and others do not, leading some to fail. As a result, for-profit entities have come in to fill the void left by organizations that fail. These for-profit organizations are inherently driven by profits for shareholders and most focus on containing costs versus providing quality services or producing high level outcomes for their patients.

By contrast, at Holly Hill's residential campus, children are afforded the dignity and respect that every child deserves. It's part of Holly Hill's culture to treat residents as children who are facing hardships, not “bad kids" in need of rehabilitation. In fact, Holly Hill provides more than the state requires, going well beyond basic housing and care to make residents feel special. Holly Hill residents are provided opportunities that other kids have for enrichment activities and meaningful play through daily activities and chances to learn outside the classroom. Our food service is also higher quality than the state requires, ensuring proper nutrition and a homelike dining experience. We do this while remaining focused on producing high-level outcomes for our residents and employing sound business practices to contain costs.

Financials

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HOLLY HILL CHILDRENS HOME INC

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erin Wilkins

Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins

Term: 2021 - 2024

Scott Grothaus

Messer Construction Co.

Jim Luersen

Campbell County Clerk

Michelle Snodgrass

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Rachel Hils

Fidelity Investments

Erin Wilkins

Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins

Debbie Cannatella

Artist

Julie Kuhnhein

Campbell County Schools

Drew Bach

Michael P. Bach CPA

Amy Kreutzer

Kroger

Alex Regina

PWC

Russell Winters

Tender Mercies

Shannon Starkey-Taylor

Learning Grove

William Knoebel

Attorney

Sarah Bryant

Welcome House

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data