Residential Services

At George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania, we offer a variety of residential services to best fit the needs of our youth.

The 90 Day Residential Treatment program is designed to provide early and structured intervention for youth who have not successfully responded to court intervention. Youth reside with counselor/parents in a home-like setting where strict behavioral contingencies serve to assist in redirecting the youth, providing accountability, improving decision-making skills, and teaching social responsibility to attain a successful return to the community. The goal of this program is to interrupt negative behaviors and faulty decision-making to avoid extended placement. All academic and vocational programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The Diagnostic program provides a 45-90 day comprehensive evaluation within a staff-secure, self-contained environment. A multidisciplinary approach is used to complete psychiatric, psychological, behavioral, substance abuse, and educational assessments. The Diagnostic program is highly structured and utilizes reinforcement schedules to assist youth in readjusting their behaviors. The goal is to provide a complete evaluation identifying strengths, needs, and service recommendations that may include residential placement. All academic programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The General Residential program provides a consistent and nurturing environment where youth can build and reinforce pro-social behaviors. Counselor/Parents, who are part of the treatment team, provide a home-like environment, teach appropriate socialization skills, and reinforce alternative behaviors. The goal of this program is to integrate appropriate behaviors into the youth’s daily routine so the youth can be successful in a community setting. All academic and vocational programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The Inpatient Non-Hospitalization Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation program provides education, intervention, and treatment and is dually licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Youth reside in a home-like residential setting with counselor/parents. A master’s level drug and alcohol intervention specialist provides individual or family therapy weekly and group therapy twice a week. Individual therapy is supported through weekly group therapy in-house as well as through Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous community meetings. The goal of the program is to prepare youth to reintegrate into their communities and families with confidence in their sobriety and relapse prevention plans. All academic and vocational programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The Intensive Supervision Unit program provides a highly structured and staff-secure residential environment for youth who demonstrate severe high-risk behaviors and/or present a threat to abscond. Individualized treatment is supported with high staff-to-youth ratios and provides maximum supervision while involving youth in pro-social routines and activities. By addressing youth behavior patterns in a structured manner, reinforcement schedules aimed at social skills address individual needs. The goal of the program is to transition youth to a less restrictive residential or community based program. All academic programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The Shelter Care program is designed to provide a temporary staff-secure, self-contained setting for youth awaiting court disposition or placement, requiring sanction, or in need of short-term respite. Youth will receive routine daily care and supervision, supportive counseling, education, and therapeutic recreation. Services provided at additional cost include: IQ testing, psychiatric evaluations, psychological evaluations, or other requested support services. The goals of the program are provide temporary care in a safe setting and referral recommendations as requested. All academic programming, when applicable, is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

The Special Needs program provides a staff-secure, self-contained, and highly structured environment for youth who display moderate to severe mental health treatment needs or persistent/recurrent disorders that can be managed through intensive treatment and therapy. By reinforcing positive behavior and assisting youth in developing coping skills, youth can begin to stabilize dysfunctional behaviors. The goal of the Special Needs program is to support youth to attain emotional stability and the skills needed to function successfully in a less restrictive setting, such as a group or foster home, returning to family, or an independent living environment. All academic programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

For youth 8 to 18 years of age who have experienced chronic trauma that often begins at an early age, trauma focused care is available. Specifically trained staff create a trauma sensitive and safe environment in conjunction with evidence-based therapy approaches. This specialized environment is equipped with a sensory room.

The Special Needs – Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) program offers medically necessary psychiatric treatment for youth who are moderately to severely mentally ill and in need of structured residential care. Licensed by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, the program provides a highly structured, staff-secure setting for youth to focus on individual treatment goals within a small peer group. Reinforcement schedules are utilized to foster positive changes and assist in regulating emotions and behaviors. The goal of the program is to provide intensive mental health services to improve the ability of youth to self-regulate and ultimately function with success in the least restrictive environment. All academic programming is provided through a partnership with the Grove City Area School District.

For youth 8 to 13 years of age who have experienced chronic trauma that often begins at an early age, trauma focused care is available in one of our RTF programs. Specifically trained staff create a trauma sensitive and safe environment in conjunction with evidence-based therapy approaches. This specialized environment is equipped with a sensory room.

Nursing staff is on campus from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. and on-call from 10 p.m.– 6 a.m., 7 days per week. Comprehensive medical care is provided to address physical health, dental, and vision needs in the Wellness Center. Safety plans are developed for medical and other conditions that could place youth at risk.

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