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Referring a child to New Life

Upbring New Life Children’s Center offers severely troubled girls a safe place to heal. If you know of a child who would benefit from the personalized therapy, on-campus education and structured environment of New Life, you can refer them following the steps below.

Who can make a referral?

The child’s caseworker can make a referral to New Life.

Which levels of care does New Life serve?

New Life serves three levels of care:

Specialized Service Level: A treatment setting in which caregivers have specialized training to provide habilitative, medical and therapeutic support and interventions.

Intense Service Level: A highly structured environment that limits the child’s access to certain environments for their protection. Caregivers at this level have specialized training to provide intense rehabilitative and therapeutic supports and interventions with limited outside access.

Intensive Psychiatric Transition Program (IPTP): This is a short-term therapeutic placement in a structured environment. This program is for children in DFPS conservatorship still struggling with psychiatric issues and acute behaviors when they are released from a psychiatric hospital.

What is expected of New Life residents?

Click here to download the New Life Resident Handbook.

Can families visit the girls?

If it is deemed in the best interest of the child, the family is encouraged to visit. The Humana House on campus is a multi-purpose residential building where families of the girls can stay for longer visits, allowing them to participate more fully in their child’s treatment. This also improves the chances of success and future reunification. Visitors to the Humana house have to be previously authorized by Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Juvenile Probation Department (JPD).

How do I make a referral to New Life?

  1. Check the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) site for vacancies at New Life.
  2. Send the Common Application, current Level of Care and a psychological evaluation (not older than 13 months) to Martha Chichil-Zepeda, Clinical Director at New Life. Note: The child must have an IQ of 70 or higher.
  3. Send school enrollment records to Rhonda Guinn at Trinity Charter Schools. This is the on-campus school at New Life.

Referral for an IPTP placement requires a few additional steps. The caseworker must also:

  • Complete the IPTP Referral Form 2245 Word Document.
  • Complete an updated Common Application for Residential Care in the child’s sub care stage in the IMPACT system.
  • Obtain the discharge paperwork from all psychiatric hospital stays within the preceding 12 months.

Private Pay

New Life also welcomes private pay residents in addition to referrals. Private pay rates are set on a case-by-case basis and you can receive more information by contacting Martha Chichil-Zepeda.

New Life office hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admissions are accepted Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upbring New Life Children’s Center
650 Scarborough
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
830-964-4390

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