Referrals


Those young men who are appropriate for referral are between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.  They may be referred by Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) and Local Court Systems.  In some cases, private referrals are taken.

The youth who are served by Sunny Crest Youth Ranch are those who DHS and the Court System have determined need out of home placement in a structured environment that offers 24 hour a day / 7 day a week supervision by staff that have experience working with youth who are at-risk.  In addition, these young people are in need of counseling services to address issues which have necessitated their placement - specifically issues of abuse, neglect, substance abuse and trauma. 

The youth are also in need of academic support and credit recovery.  SCYR works with the youth to develop an academic plan to help them gain as much academically as they can during their stay.

Sunny Crest Youth Ranch is licensed by the State of Michigan, Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing as a Child Caring Institution.


Admission Process

Placement with Sunny Crest Youth Ranch is a 5 step admission process.

1. Initial Contact
SCYR is contacted via phone or email inquiry from a:

  • DHS caseworker
  • Court officer
  • Physician
  • Therapist
  • Family member
  • Legal guardian

An initial determination is made as to whether there is an appropriate match of SCYR services with the needs of the youth.

2. Document Request
The following documents will be required to proceed:

  • Youth Initial Service Plan
  • Most Recent Update Service Plan
  • Most Recent Psychological Evaluation
  • School Records and Information

3. Interview
An interview will be conducted with the youth in his current environment.

4. Ranch Visit
The youth will be brought to the Ranch for a staff interview and tour. An Admission Questionnaire and a completed Admission Form are required at this time. Forms

5. Acceptance
Upon determination of acceptance, the referring party is notified and arrangements are made for the youth to become a Sunny Crest Youth Ranch resident. Three additional forms are required upon the youth's arrival. Forms

  • Medical Consent
  • Medication Consent
  • Photo Release