The primary objective of the Diagnostic program is to complete a 75-90 day comprehensive evaluation while the youth, 8 to 18 years of age, reside in a self-contained, staff secure environment. The final evaluation includes an individualized list of treatment goals and objectives with corresponding recommendations for the level of care necessary to meet the needs of the youth and his family when applicable.
Diagnostic Services include:
- Behavioral observations
- Compilation of an in-depth social history
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Comprehensive psychological evaluation, including IQ as needed
- Educational testing
- Substance abuse assessments
- Psycho-sexual evaluations as needed
Supplementary evaluations are available at an additional cost which must be specified by court order and include the following:
- Fire setting evaluation
- Neuro-psychological evaluation
- Neurological testing
The Diagnostic program has a classroom within the facility which is operated by Grove City Area School District (GCASD). The GCASD is held to the Pennsylvania state standards for education and has joined the PA Academic Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Alliance. The GCASD works in conjunction with the youth’s home school to ensure each youth is appropriately placed in the most suitable curriculum.
Nursing staff are on campus 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Comprehensive medical care will be provided to address physical health, dental, and vision needs in the medical center on campus. Safety plans are developed for medical and other conditions that could place a youth at risk.