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Managing a group home or STRTP program is a very difficult job. Helping kids who are in crisis, dealing with staff turnover, keeping the operation of the home running smoothly and managing state and federal regulations is a heavy lift. Group home management software can make a difficult job significantly easier.

What Is a Group Home or STRTP? 

STRTP is short for short-term residential therapeutic program. An STRTP is a residential facility operated by a public agency or private organization that provides an integrated program of specialized and intensive care and supervision, services and supports, treatment, and short-term 24-hour care and supervision to children and nonminor dependents.

Group homes provide the most restrictive out-of-home placement option for children in foster care. They provide a residential option for children with significant emotional or behavioral problems who require more restrictive environments. A licensed group home is defined as a facility of any capacity which provides 24-hour non medical care and supervision to children in a structured environment, with such services provided at least in part by staff employed by the licensee. Group homes run the gamut from large institutional type environments, which provide an intense therapeutic setting, often called “residential treatment centers,” to small home environments which incorporate a “house parent” model. As a result, group home placements provide various levels of structure, supervision and services.

According to CDSS, group homes may offer specific services targeted to a specific population of children or a range of services depending on the design of their program. These services include substance abuse, minor-parent (mothers and babies), infant programs, mental health treatment, vocational training, mental health day treatment, sex offenders, wards only, or emancipation and reunification. Many programs provide more than one service and list their primary service function as reunification of children with the biological family. A high number also list their primary function as emancipation.

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What Documentation Is Required in a Group Home or STRTP?

Federal and state agencies have various documentation requirements for group homes. Documentation needed can include progress notes, incident reports, task analysis, and medication logs. Group home management software can make it possible to track documentation from any computer, tablet, or smartphone with the ability to upload and securely store documentation in a cloud for safe keeping. This gives STRTPs and group home programs the ability to let go of clunky file cabinets and paper files and have all documentation easily accessible from any location. Other benefits of group home management software include:

  • The ability to see progress of individuals in the program as well as outcomes

  • The ability to monitor staff performance and daily documentation

  • The ability to monitor organizational health through EHR analytics

About Exym Group Home Management Software

Our group home management software helps you to track and manage all data needed when running a group home. It can als be configured to the exact needs of your program and individual residences. Our software is easy-to-use for group home staff, and we will spend time understanding your program and needs during implementation so that you get the most out of the tool. To learn more about Exym's group home management software for residential treatment and STRTPs, take a look at our Residential Providers page. 

Exym is a comprehensive EHR software solution designed specifically for behavioral health agencies. Trusted for 20+ years, our intuitive and customizable software empowers providers to improve client outcomes, manage revenue cycles, and increase agency efficiency. Exym allows you to spend more time on what matters most- the clients in your care.

Jessica Carey
Post by Jessica Carey
May 30, 2023

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