RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT AND EMERGENCY SHELTER ADMISSION PROCEDURE: The admission process is initiated by either a telephone call or a written referral. For emergency shelter, pertinent information is screened over the telephone. For residential placement decisions the treatment staff uses social histories, psychological evaluations and educational information.

The facility is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion or national origin. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write to: Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.

CONTRACTS: Our contract with the Division of Family Services is for emergency, moderate, severe and psychiatric need care through residential funding payments. Other contractual arrangements are made on an individual case-by-case basis, including the Division of Youth Services and the local courts.

POPULATION: We serve boys ages 12-18 for whom there is no community resource; abused and neglected children; teenagers who have violated a state law or municipal ordinance; and teenagers who exhibit behavioral problems. A boy must have sufficient intellectual capacity to be able to assimilate educational and problematic material.

TREATMENT: Recreational, equestrian, individual, group and family therapy are provided as integral components of the treatment program. Four separate Safe and Secure Units are available for residents requiring a higher level of structure.

Each resident is placed in a therapeutic living environment which, coupled with the many responsibilities and experiences he will incur, is expected to enhance his emotional, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. The living environment uses behavior therapy and peer group interaction which is closely guided by staff.

EDUCATION: Special education classes are provided in the on-ground classroom. Each Safe and Secure Unit has its own self-contained classroom. Boys are mainstreamed into the regular public school program if they do not require special services.

OWNERSHIP: The Boys Ranch is owned and operated by Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Inc. under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens.

GOOD SAMARITAN BOYS RANCH IS LICENSED AND APPROVED BY: The Missouri Division of Family Services and the Missouri Division of Youth Services.

Call the Ranch office of admissions, (417) 376-2238, or e-mail for more detailed information and specialized situations and concerns. Rest assured that whatever your decision, our team of professionals is totally devoted to the founding principle of giving a child the opportunity for a better life.