Our Values: Evidence Based

Integrity, Compassion, and Respect

The mental and behavioral health literature underscores and has demonstrated the clinical importance of several underlying variables that particularly pertain to the treatment admission process for both adolescents and adults. Importantly, the adolescent's (or adult's) perception of these underlying factors has been found to impact and predict how the adolescent experiences or views the admission process and entering treatment in general. Consequently, the adolescent's or adult's view of the admission process can carry implications beyond the time of admission or intake. For instance, an adolescent's experience during admission (positive vs. negative) can impact (a) his or her affective or emotional state (e.g., hostility, negativity, positivity, fear) at admission, (b) his or her initial openness to the program, (c) his or her satisfaction with treatment, and (d) his or her willingness to seek treatment again in the future, among other things. In essence, our founding values--Integrity, Compassion, and Respect--represent a compilation of these clinically relevant and empirically established admission principles.

Therefore, methods involving unnecessary acts of overt force, intimidation, deception, and physical restraint are not only shunned by most parents and professionals, but are not clinically appropriate techniques to rely on during an admission, including a transport admission. Rather, integrity, compassion, respect, combined with professional expertise and training in the appropriate crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques, are the building blocks of a therapeutically conducive and safe transport admission.

In conjunction with the research, New Start Transports believes that Integrity, Compassion, and Respect are fundamental to the transport admission experience and can also carry further clinical implications to subsequent aspects of an adolescent's treatment. Founded by parents and former teenage residential and wilderness program participants, New Start holds the perspective that these three principles must be integrated (and perceived by the adolescent) from the initial transport intervention to the release of the adolescent client at the selected program, and throughout the rest of the admission (and perhaps treatment) process.

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