Special Needs Program
Special Needs facilities are self-contained, staff secured and provide highly structured programs for males, 8 to 18 years of age who display moderate to severe behavioral health needs. By addressing the youth’s treatment needs in small peer groups in a therapeutic and nurturing environment, each youth is provided with opportunities to develop skills that will enable him to function in a less restrictive environment. The objective of the program is to provide comprehensive care in order to improve the ability of the youth to regulate emotions and behavior to ultimately function in the least restrictive environment.
Immediate focus is placed on developing therapeutic relationships to foster healthy attachments, a sense of safety and support the treatment process. Individual counseling by a master’s level therapist and group counseling are provided to foster positive changes within the youth and assist them in regulating emotions and behaviors. Some units employ the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) trauma recovery framework and utilize sensory rooms to assist younger children in gaining a sense of safety and to learn to process sensory input while maintaining emotional regulation. Family counseling is implemented as determined to be appropriate.
The Special Needs Program does have an educational classroom within the facility which is operated by Grove City Area School District. 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.