2013-08-27 23:08:44 - Lancaster was recently named the new Chief Executive Officer for Krause Children’s Center located in Katy, Texas.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has named Steven Lancaster as Chief Executive Officer for Krause Children’s Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for children ages 12-17 and an affiliated program of Lutheran Social Services of the South. The announcement was made by President and COO of LSS Betsy Guthrie. Lancaster brings extensive experience in psychiatric care and administration of residential children’s centers gained from similar centers around the country.
“We are thrilled to have Steve join our efforts as we work together to improve the lives of the children at Krause,” said Guthrie. “His expertise as a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the executive behavioral health care industry makes him a true asset to our
team. Steve is dedicated to revamping our treatment model and overall structure in order to provide the best care and help for these kids.”
As CEO, Lancaster’s focus is to continue creating clinically sophisticated residential treatment programs for these at-risk adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders.
“This is a place for children who have been removed from their homes because of extreme physical, emotional and sexual abuse,” said Lancaster. “It’s our job at Krause to ensure they get the clinical treatment they need to cope with and heal from their painful pasts effectively in order to live productive and happy lives in the future.”
Lancaster received his Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral health and science and his Master of Science degree in clinical social work from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the staff at Krause Children’s Center, Lancaster worked as an executive director for a residential treatment facility in Virginia for severely abused and neglected children ranging in age from 5-14 years old. Before that, he successfully managed multiple psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Mississippi and Utah implementing valuable programs and treatment plans to help children get the therapy they need.
“When kids come to Krause, they are at a fork in the road and often arrive with anger, fear and a sense of hopelessness and abandonment,” said Lancaster. “But during those few months that we have them in our care, we work to restore their hope and offer them another chance in life and a better outlook on the future.”
ABOUT KRAUSE CHILDREN’S CENTER
The mission of Krause Children’s Center is to improve the lives of children who have been removed from their homes because of extreme physical, emotional and sexual abuse and are brought to receive clinical treatment in order to cope with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Krause, an affiliated program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), is a psychiatric residential treatment center located in Katy, Texas, that has been positively impacting the lives of boys and girls ages 12-17 from all over the state since December 1995. The staff evaluates and addresses social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of each child to provide individual, family and group therapy through an individualized treatment program.
Children are placed with Krause through the Juvenile Probation Department, post-adoption services and Texas Child Protective Services having been identified as “at-risk children” based on their behavioral and emotional problems that make them difficult for foster parents and school administrators to handle.
With an on-site LVN, RN and contracted psychiatrist, Krause is one of two facilities in the Houston area that offers a secure treatment facility for the safety of the high-risk children. In addition, Krause provides on-site education through its Trinity Charter Schools exclusively for Krause kids with a full range of electives including art and music as well as sports activities. Students also may participate in credit recovery programs.
Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with roots tracing back to 1881, and today Krause Children’s Center houses 60+ children at a time, regardless of their religious beliefs and denomination affiliation, ethnicity or gender. It is supported by private donations, state and federal contracts, volunteer time, grants and fees collected for services.