Huntington Adolescent Safe Options Treatment Program

The Huntington Adolescent Safe Options Treatment Program (HASOTP) works with youth who have exhibited sexually reactive or aggressive behaviors. The program began in 1984 and continues to provide help and support to youth and their families in resolving issues of sexual victimization and stopping the cycle of sexual abuse.

Victims of sexual abuse:

Our main goal is to develop a trusting and therapeutic relationship with the victim that promotes safety. It is our desire to empower victims in strengthening and building their self-image.

Sexually reactive or aggressive adolescents:

The main goal of HASOTP is to lower the youth’s risk to sexually act out. We believe that sexual acting out behaviors deserve a consistent, firm and compassionate approach. HASOTP guidelines and procedures have been set up to allow youth to continue to reside in the community while at the same time be held accountable for their actions. It is extremely important that parents and youth are made aware of program guidelines and procedures before beginning treatment.

We believe that our ultimate responsibility is to victims and potential victims of sexual abuse. Throughout the course of treatment, HASOTP assesses an individual’s safety and risk level to sexually act out against others.

HASOTP helps victims of sexual abuse:

  • Develop the ability to trust others
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Realize that the abuse wasn’t their fault
  • Become more aware of emotions and how to appropriately express them
  • Increase sexual understanding and the ability to comfortably talk about difficult feelings
  • Believe they have power/control in their life

HASOTP helps sexually reactive or aggressive youth:

  • Accept responsibility for their behaviors
  • Learn about healthy sexuality
  • Understand their cycle of offending behavior
  • Understand their family dynamics
  • Gain an understanding of empathy for others
  • Build self-esteem, communication and social skills
  • Manage their anger
  • Learn to make better choices
  • Explore their own victimization and its relationship to their offending behavior
  • Create a relapse prevention and safety plan that identifies all risk areas

HASOTP helps parents:

  • Develop a better understanding of sexual abuse dynamics and hold their child accountable
  • Develop open and supportive communication
  • Establish new limits and boundaries for their child and family.
  • Develop a better understanding of how family issues and roles affect the offending behaviors
  • Establish safety plans for on-going relapse prevention

Program includes:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Specialized Groups
  • Meetings with collateral services
  • Referrals for specialized services
  • Training opportunities

Who is referred?

  • Adolescent males and females ages 6-18 that have been victims of sexual abuse
  • Adolescent males and females ages 6-18 that have been sexually reactive or aggressive
  • Youth assessed to need specific treatment for sexual acting out behaviors
  • Youth amenable to community based treatment

Who can make a referral?

  • Anyone interested in getting treatment for a youth
  • Probation Departments
  • Child Protective Services
  • Foster Care
  • Police/Sheriff Departments

HASOTP has found that with parent/family involvement in treatment, youth are better able to gain control over their behavior. Foster parents and/or legal guardians are encouraged to participate in the program.

Program Supervisor

Liz McLean