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The Phoenix Program is a day treatment program for students with emotional and behavior disorders run by Black Hawk Area Special Education District (BHASED) cooperatively with Bethany for Children and Family Services Inc., a local social service agency operating in The Illinois Quad Cities.

Untitled designThe Phoenix Program serves students between the ages of 11 and 22 years old who have not been successful in their home school districts due to the severity of their behavioral and emotional problems. Local districts within the BHASED cooperative place students at The Phoenix Program for pooled, specialized services to address specific needs as identified through the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) process. The mission of The Phoenix Program is to improve the learning and functioning of referred students; maintain these students in their homes and communities by avoiding residential placement; and improve individual students learning outcomes to help students get to high school graduation and productive post-secondary lives. The Phoenix Program has been providing specialized services to identified students since 1983.

The Phoenix Program successfully helps to support over 90% of placed students in their homes and in the local community. Through a combination of specialized educational services and extensive counseling and therapeutic supports, the graduation rate for freshman is 85% after 4 to 5 years, which is well above the usual rate graduation rate of 40% to 50% cited by most research of behavior day treatment programs. A core special education curriculum of academics adjusted to individual student needs as well as a strong emphasis on social skills training is presented by dedicated and skilled special education teams of teachers, paraprofessionals, and social work/counseling staff.

With the partnership and support of the Bethany services, The Phoenix Program is also able to provide extensive individual and family counseling. Family counseling can take place in the home and outside of traditional school hours, if necessary. The Phoenix Program also maintains a strong emphasis on case coordination through maintenance of relationships with mental health systems, private agencies, DCFS, court, probation, and parole. A great deal of effort is put into treatment planning with these agencies and community services in order to support the best possible outcomes for students enrolled in The Phoenix Program.

If you have questions about The Phoenix Program, please call 309-796-9000.