George Junior Republic has been awarded a new residential program!
George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania (GJR in PA) has been awarded a program to provide a Long-Term Structured Residence (LTSR) program on the Grove City campus. LTSR consumers will be referred to the program from a nine-county region: Crawford, Venango, Mercer, Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland. The LTSR program will provide a highly structured, secure residential treatment facility for men and women (age 18 and over) with a mental health diagnosis and in need of structured programming and support. Defined therapeutic services at the 15-bed facility will include psychiatric, structured therapeutic, medical and recreation.
In late 2019, the organization discussed this new opportunity with the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and Beacon Health Options. The selection of GJR in PA for the LTSR program was based on an assessment of the organization, including the current service delivery system, the grounds and facilities, well-developed safety and security features, and the organization’s ability to provide mental health treatment, nursing and peer support services to a complex consumer base. By focusing on competency restoration, GJR in PA will also assist individuals in achieving the capability and stability to address and resolve their legal issues within the adult criminal justice system.
The LTSR facility will be located on the campus of GJR in PA and will be separate and secure from youth residences. Under the leadership of a LTSR Director, oversight and supervision of the program will occur 24 hours per day/seven days per week. “Although the LTSR population is older than the youth currently served, the clinical director will be well-versed in the care and oversight of the consumers. This new service line will extend our mission and provide the organization the opportunity to serve some of those most vulnerable in our local communities. Through the provision of rehabilitative care in a safe and secure environment, GJR in PA recognizes that managing mental illness is a lifelong and life changing condition that for many begins at a young age,” stated GJR CEO Nathan Gressel.
The community will be invited to tour campus and the new program by mid to late summer.