Welcome to GJR in PA

We welcome you and your child to George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania (GJR in PA). Understanding this may be a very difficult time for you and your child, we will do everything possible to make this transition a pleasant experience for all involved parties. We are here to listen to both you and your child as you adjust to our treatment environment. Your input is very important to us in regard to your child’s history, goals, and treatment objectives, as well as how you, as the parent/guardian, experience our services and staff. We encourage families to offer ideas or suggestions that may be helpful to you or your child while at GJR in PA.

Please take time to review the Parent/Guardian Information Guide as it will provide you with an overview and understanding of the services offered while your child is being provided treatment services at GJR in PA. We strive to keep parents/ guardians informed about their child’s adjustment and progress during their stay and commitment to treat your child with the highest level of responsibility throughout your child’s stay.

Prior to your child’s arrival, please contact the admissions department at 724.458.9330 x2161 with any questions that may arise. Shortly after your child’s arrival, you will receive a list identifying names and phone numbers of your child’s treatment team. This staff will be working with your child daily to ensure treatment needs are met. You may contact those staff listed at any time to discuss your child’s progress or have any of your questions or concerns answered.


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GJR in PA serves youth between the ages of 8 -21 who are currently involved in the dependent/delinquent court and/ or behavioral health systems. Youth are placed at GJR in PA through the court system, an insurance company, or through a private placement by their family. Youth placed at GJR in PA often struggle with significant behavioral and/or mental health issues and are displaying symptoms of significant trauma and attachment disruptions. These youth require consistent, supportive environments to address disruptions and assist in gaining a more secure attachment to those involved in their lives. Behavioral and mental health assessments are conducted to determine specific behaviors or concerns that are to be targeted through measurable, strengths-based goals and objectives.

Each youth will work with an individual therapist on a weekly basis. Youth are then referred by their therapist to group therapy based upon their GJR in PA assessments, mental health diagnosis and/or YLS goals. Family therapy will be conducted with youth and their natural support system bi-monthly unless otherwise indicated.

Other services available to assist youth in their overall physical and mental healthcare include: life-skills training, behavior modification, recreational development, educational interventions, vocational training, therapeutic art programming, behavior management through adventure (indoor adventure and challenge course) and relationship-building activities.


GJR in PA has various levels of specialized programming, including Intensive Supervision, Special Needs, Special Needs RTF, General Residential, Inpatient Non-Hospital Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Residence for Adolescent Complex Cases (TRACC).

Acceptance into a program is based upon past history, current issues, mental and emotional stability, as well as consideration of other important factors. The GJR in PA program is fluid, and youth can move throughout programs based upon progress or need for structure.

Within 30 days of arrival, individualized treatment and educational goals are developed. The identified goals for each youth will be implemented within the structure of our trauma-informed milieu.

The identified goals will be reviewed at weekly team meetings where the treatment team discusses your child’s progress and how to best assist him in working toward achieving his goals leading to discharge.  It is important to understand that each child’s progress will vary, and it is common for a child to initially struggle in new environments. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s Campus Director.

Child's First 30 Days

Youth admitted to GJR in PA will begin their stay within an assigned home or unit based upon the identified program. You, the parent/guardian, will receive a call upon your child’s admittance to provide assurance of safe arrival to the program. If you are unavailable, your child will be provided the opportunity to continue to call until the call is successfully received.

Weekly home phone calls will be scheduled to assist with maintaining family engagement. During these first 30 days, your child’s adjustment is closely monitored to assist in this transition time as your child is oriented to the identified program. Your child will begin academic and/or vocational education, be introduced to treatment staff, begin the therapeutic process, and identify discharge resources. GJR in PA welcomes you to visit your child as defined in Section 5 of this guide.

You, as the child’s parent/guardian, along with the referring agency, will be invited to an initial treatment team meeting for the purpose of developing your child’s goals, discussing progress, and identifying discharge resources. The team may also include other supports identified by you or your child.

Although we realize many families must travel a great distance to our campus, your participation is requested. If you are unable to be present, you may participate via telephone using an access code provided to you in your meeting invitation letter or through a pre-arranged video meeting platform.

Treatment Team

The treatment team at GJR in PA consists of a collaborative group of professionals with experience in various areas who work directly with your child and your child’s best interest. The team meets weekly to develop, implement, and review the individualized treatment goals and modalities. Shortly following admission, you will receive a document titled, “Introduction to Your Child’s Treatment Team.” You and your child’s treatment team will have open communication regarding your child.

In the General Residential and In-Patient, Non-Hospital Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation programs, the GJR in PA treatment team consists of the following people:

  • Youth
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Counselor/Parents (live-in married couple) or Behavior Health Technicians
  • Therapist (provides individual and family counseling)
  • Case Manager (oversees youth’s case and is a point of contact)
  • Residential Manager (oversees the daily operation of the living unit)
  • Campus Director (supervises the team)
  • Psychiatrist and/or psychologist who will consult with the treatment team if necessary
  • Other supports identified by you or your child

In the Intensive Supervision, Special Needs, Special Needs RTF, Diagnostic and TRACC programs, GJR in PA treatment team consists of the following people:

  • Youth
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Treatment Team Coordinator (provides individual and family counseling)
  • Case Manager (oversees youth’s case and is a point of contact)
  • Residential Manager (oversees the daily operations of the living unit)
  • Behavioral Health Technicians (oversees the daily management of the unit)
  • Campus Director (supervises the team)
  • Psychiatrist and/or psychologist who will consult with the treatment team when necessary
  • Other supports as identified by you or your child

Both you and your agency representative will be invited to attend treatment review meetings to discuss your child’s treatment progress. If you are unable to be present, you may participate by phone using the access code provided to you in your meeting invitation or through a pre-arranged video platform.

CARE - Child and Residential Experiences

George Junior Republic in PA implements CARE, a trauma-informed model created by Cornell University.  CARE is trauma informed, family involved, competency based, ecologically oriented, relationship based and developmentally focused. The CARE Theory of Change outlines the pathways that lead to the child’s improved social, emotional and developmental outcomes.  Treatment and environmental goals are tracked on a daily basis.

We understand that changing individual behavior is not always easy, and you may notice that your child begins to experience difficulty due to the structured treatment environment. While this is not uncommon, it is essential that your child has family support throughout the various transitions that occur within the treatment process. Your child’s case manager/residential manager/treatment team coordinator can answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s progress.


Our goal is to have youth function successfully in the most appropriate level of care. As your child’s needs are assessed, both daily and weekly, it may become evident that he could benefit from a different setting within the GJR in PA continuum of care. This change in setting will afford your child the opportunity to better address his needs and work towards greater responsibility for his own behavior.  Parents/ guardians will be kept informed of their child’s progress within our system and notified of any changes or transfers by the treatment staff.

Discharge Criteria

To complete GJR in PA’s treatment program (not including those in the Diagnostic program) and earn a recommendation for discharge, your child will be expected to:

  1. Address treatment goals in individual, group and family therapy (when applicable).
  2. Maintain positive progress to goal attainment.
  3. Maintain educational and vocational
  4. Earn step-down transfers within the program, if applicable.
  5. Complete successful home visits prior to

Additional treatment issues may be identified and addressed by the treatment team, and your support in these areas is critical. At each review hearing, if placed by the court, GJR in PA will make recommendations to the court. The court’s decision is regarded as final.

Clothing and Personal Items

GJR in PA prefers that youth arrive on campus with the clothing items, in good condition, listed below. If this is not possible, GJR in PA will provide each youth with appropriate and adequate clothing. If you are sending clothing, please do not send expensive, name brand clothing or any clothing items that have inappropriate print or pictures. If identified, expensive name brand clothing may be returned to you via US Mail and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. For youth admitted to Diagnostic and Intensive Supervision, khaki pants and blue shirts will be provided.

It is encouraged that youth bring with them basic hygiene products.

For youth who do not arrive with hygiene items, these items will be provided or purchased in the student store. Prohibited items include alcohol-based items (i.e., cologne and mouthwash), items in aerosol propelled cans, and electronic devices.

We ask that you consult your child’s staff if you have any questions or concerns regarding acceptable items. Keep in mind GJR in PA is not responsible for any items your child may have brought into placement. All items brought to GJR must be given to the home or unit staff for inspection prior to being issued to your child.

Youth Telephone Calls

GJR in PA’s policy on youth telephone calls is as follows:

  1. Youth are permitted to make outgoing calls to parents/ guardians, placing agencies, attorneys, and/or any other approved parties. At no time are youth permitted cell phone usage. 
    • Parents/guardians are to discuss their schedules with their child in order for phone calls to be scheduled
    • Youth may request a phone call with their agency representative or attorney
    • Youth may receive incoming calls from the placing agency, attorney, or other ancillary agencies working with the youth. Parents/guardians are permitted to make incoming calls to speak with staff regarding their child’s progress or in the case of a family emergency
    • Any variation of the above guidelines must be approved in advance by the campus director

Youth Mail

Your child has the right to receive and send mail unless otherwise restricted by court order. A court order may require that all incoming mail may be monitored for contraband. Please make sure you use your child’s first and last name as identified below:

George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania

ATTENTION: First Name Last Name

233 George Junior Road

Grove City, PA 16127

Youth Accounts

Your child is permitted to have money sent from family members. Large sums of money are not permitted and at no time is money to be given directly to your child. All money received will be placed into your child’s student account that is established by GJR in PA at a local bank. Your child’s name will be assigned to an individual account. This money may be withdrawn from this account upon request; however, approval by the staff is required. Youth are not permitted to carry money on their person.

Educational Opportunities

The partnership between GJR in PA and the Grove City Area School District (GCASD) provides educational opportunities for your child. A variety of educational and vocational services are offered based on the needs of the individual student while continuing education in a public school setting.

The on-campus school is fully licensed and accredited, and all credits received by students are transferable to the student’s home school. GCASD education offers elementary school, middle school, and high school levels, and conforms to state standards. The school day includes studies in reading, English, math, social studies, science, art, physical education, and library.

Vocational education is also offered to students in grades 9 -12 at the William H. Gladden Career and Technical Center located on the campus. Skilled trade programming includes automotive technology, auto body, carpentry, food service, and welding. GJR in PA provides funding to support student testing opportunities to earn nationally-recognized certifications.


GJR in PA offers a variety of recreational and athletic outlets for youth. In addition to several indoor gymnasiums, an outdoor swimming pool, track and field, movie theaters, billiards, and multiple basketball recreational areas/facilities throughout campus, GJR in PA offers a 25,000 square foot indoor recreational center.

Various clubs are offered throughout the year that allow youth to participate in an activity that interest them such as golf, weight-lifting, ping-pong, basketball, billiards, soccer, tennis, reading, swimming lessons, flag football, bird watching, video games and character development.  The goal is to provide each youth with various recreational outlets to improve personal well-being, assist in the skill development of peer relationships, and enjoy structured recreation, leisure time, and positive socialization.  


GJR in PA recognizes that spirituality plays an important role for youth prior to and during placement. A number of non- denominational religious activities are available to your child on a voluntary basis. Religious services are conducted in our chapel every Sunday and open to all youth.

Grove City College students involved in the New Life program provide games, refreshments, and informal bible study on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Our campus chaplain is available for spiritual counseling and visitation upon request and can support youth spiritual needs, regardless of their religious preference. Please feel free to provide your child with written spiritual material, but understand that use of this material and participation in religious activities is completely voluntary and must remain a personal choice while in placement.

Health Insurance & Medical Needs

GJR in PA will maintain health insurance information throughout your child’s placement, which includes any private health insurance coverage provided by an employer. Your child may also be eligible for medical insurance benefits as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Questions regarding these benefits should be directed to your child’s juvenile probation officer, caseworker, or mental health case manager.

GJR in PA offers comprehensive medical care for your child while your child resides in placement. The nursing staff works with a variety of consulting physicians to provide quality medical, dental, vision, and psychiatric care when needed. Emergency medical services are provided by Allegheny Health Network- Grove City, located a short distance from the GJR in PA campus.

Each youth will have a written health and safety assessment completed within 24 hours of admission, including a hearing and vision screening. A physical examination will be completed within one week after admission, and annually thereafter. A thorough dental exam, including teeth cleaning, is scheduled biannually while in placement. Many youth require specialized care for specific injuries or illnesses, and we will work to keep you informed and included when this care is indicated.

Parents/guardians are required to sign a general medical consent for the provision of routine health care. In the event non-routine treatment is required, a separate, specific consent form signed by the youth’s parent/ guardian or an order from the court is necessary. Consent for emergency medical care or treatment is not required. If a youth needs emergency medical care or treatment, medical personnel do not need consent to provide treatment for life-threatening conditions. In any emergency, every effort is made to contact the youth’s family immediately.

The Health Services staff are committed to providing excellent care for your child. Nursing staff is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A nurse may be reached by calling 724.458.9330 x2400.

If a nurse is not immediately available to take your phone call, please leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Child Nutrition & Summer Food Programs

Each youth will be encouraged to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle by being provided with nutritional and well-balanced meals, learning about proper nutrition and learning about and participating in physical activity. Youth will be taught good alternatives to any dietary or food restrictions and/or how to manage these dietary needs. 

Notice of Direct Certification

GJR in PA participates in the Child Nutrition Program, also known as the National School Lunch Program. Please be advised that both the breakfast and lunch served to your child will follow the requirements outlined in the Child Nutrition Program.

While residing in GJR in PA, youth will be served meals that meet the daily requirements as recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. Dietary alternatives will be available for a child with special health needs, religious beliefs requiring dietary restrictions, and/or vegetarian preferences. In these instances, substitutions to food choices and selections are available via the Permissible Substitution List. Youth requiring additional portions at mealtime will have these available.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact your child’s campus director.

Summer Food Program

GJR in PA, as a participant in the Child Nutrition Program, understands the importance of proper nutrition and access to food during the entire year, including the summer.

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 years and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Locations for participating sites are updated in the spring prior to the end of the school year.

To locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer, parents and guardians can take one of the following action steps:

Please be advised that as a participant in the Child Nutrition Program, GJR in PA is required to provide you with the above information regarding the Child Nutrition Program as well as the Summer Food Program that can assist you in locating free meals for the children in your care post-discharge and during the summer months.

Visitation Policy

GJR in PA encourages parents/guardians and supportive resources to visit youth while in placement. Visitation is important in encouraging communication and ongoing support in preparation for your child’s transition back into the community.

Visitation Guidelines

  • The “Family Visitation Authorization” provided to you prior to your child being admitted to GJR in PA, must be completed and signed by you and your child’s placing agency. Only visitors approved by you and your child’s placing agency will be permitted to visit your child. Additions to this list must have prior approval by the placing agency. These guidelines are for the protection, privacy and confidentiality of your child.
  • Family visits may be scheduled by calling the visitation appointment line: 724.458.9330 x2163, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Only immediate family members are permitted to visit a youth (i.e., parents, siblings, grandparents, or guardians). Extended family members may visit with approval from the parent/guardian and placing agency of the youth.
  • No more than four family members are permitted to visit at one time. Siblings must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
  • It is requested that you, as the parents/guardians, contact the case manager/residential manager before scheduling transportation and/or hotel accommodations to ensure that your child will be available for the visit.
  • Any requests outside of the identified visitation hours must be approved by your child’s Campus Director one week prior to the anticipated visit.
  • Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are prohibited. Visitors suspected to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol are not permitted on GJR in PA grounds and will be asked to leave. If a visitor is clearly impaired, alternative arrangements may be made to ensure safe departure of those involved.
  • No weapons are permitted on GJR in PA grounds. Possession of weapons on GJR in PA grounds is a threat to the safety of youth and staff, and is prohibited by law.
  • No smoking is permitted in the Visitation Center or in any campus building. The Visitation Center and all campus buildings are non-smoking facilities. Designated smoking areas are available for guests.

Arrival of All Visitors

  1. Visitation hours are from 9:00 m. – 5:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Visitors must:
    1. Enter campus from Irishtown Road (see directions). Please do not drive through campus or enter via George Junior Road.
    2. Park in the designated parking lot. Handicap parking is reserved for those with handicap passes.
    3. Upon arrival:
      • Go through check-in at the Visitation Center for the safety and protection of youth.
      • Check in with the receptionist at the Visitation
      • Present identification and make/model of
    4. If you brought items for a youth (e.g., money, clothing, etc.), you must leave the items with the Visitation Center receptionist. The receptionist will provide you with a receipt for these items.

On-Campus Visits

  1. Areas within and around the Visitation Center will be provided for visits. Visitors are not permitted to walk around campus or sit in parked vehicles.
  2. Youth are not permitted to participate in or have the following in the Visitation Center:
    1. Pets
    2. Haircuts
    3. Tobacco related products and/or controlled substances

Departure of All Visitors

  1. Visitors must check out with the Visitation Center.
  2. If you purchased any items for a youth (i.e., clothing, etc.) or are leaving money, you must leave the items with the Visitation Center receptionist. The receptionist will provide you with a receipt for these items.
  3. Visitors must exit campus via Irishtown Road.

Sibling Visits

GJR in PA recognizes that more than one sibling may be placed out of the home at the same time. For those siblings placed at GJR in PA together, regular visitation is provided. This visitation can occur during the week for only the siblings as well as during weekend visits with parents/guardians. For siblings placed at different facilities, GJR in PA will coordinate regular visits with the sibling’s facility. These visits may occur in person and/or via video visitation (due to location, distance, and safety).

Therapeutic Home Visits/Day Visits

Youth placed at GJR in PA have the right to therapeutic home visits and day visits; however, requirements and length of visits vary based upon the placing agency and county. As it is important for each youth to show progress in the home and community settings, home visits are very useful in measuring this progress. If a youth has the opportunity for a home visit, they may be home for several days at a time.

Home visits can be approved in several ways:

  • Your child’s placing agency may request a visit at any time. GJR in PA does require that proper documentation from the placing agency be provided to the treatment team regarding the request and approval.
  • Your child’s treatment team may recommend a home visit if your child is demonstrating consistent progress in treatment, displays emotional stability, and has the agreement of the placing agency and any other necessary parties.

Please note: Youth are to return to campus from a home visit with clothing items in the provided duffle bag. Any non-clothing items may be confiscated or discarded, including food items and hygiene products. All items are thoroughly searched and heated for the protection of all youth and staff.

Directions to GJR in PA

EAST AND WEST: For those traveling Interstate 80, exit at the Grove City/Sandy Lake exit, #24. Follow Route 173 South towards Grove City for approximately .50 miles. Turn right onto George Junior Road. At the traffic light, make a right onto Route 58 for .25 miles. Go through next traffic light (at Walmart); go approximately .5 miles, make right (past the first car dealership) onto Irishtown Road. Go 300 yards and make a right. The first building on your left is the Visitation Center.

PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE: For those traveling the PA turnpike, exit at the Perry Highway/Cranberry exit, #28. Follow signs for Interstate 79 North. Once on Interstate 79 North, follow directions for those traveling North and South.

NORTH AND SOUTH: For those traveling on Interstate 79, exit at the Grove City exit, #113. Follow Route 208 east 1.5 miles. Turn left onto George Junior Road (near Katie’s Korner). At the first light, make a left onto Route 58 for .25 miles. Go through next traffic light (at Walmart); go approximately .5 miles, make right (past the first car dealership) onto Irishtown Road. Go 300 yards and make a right. The first building on your left is the Visitation Center.

Please understand that GJR in PA is 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh International Airport and the Pittsburgh Greyhound Station. If utilizing a shuttle service, please add an additional 2 hours to your travel to allow appropriate time to arrive at the airport or Greyhound station.


Erie, PA – 1 hour

Cleveland, OH – 2 hours

Harrisburg, PA – 4 hours

Morgantown, WV – 2.5 hours

Philadelphia, PA – 6 hours

Pittsburgh Greyhound Station – 1 hour

Pittsburgh International Airport – 1.5 hours

Media & Photography

As a parent/guardian of a youth residing at GJR in PA, you have the option to consent* to reproducing, publishing or otherwise making publicly available your child’s name, video image, likeness, voice achievement or similar information about your child and/or activities at or relating to GJR in PA (Personal Information). This release of information includes but is not limited to press releases, newsletter, photographs, videos including audio components, recordings, fundraising materials, broadcasts, and/or other information dissemination provided as, on, or in television, radio, computers, phones, social media, blogs, podcasts, mobile devices, apps, the GJR website or online services, and other existing or future ways to release information.

Media releases are made for the purpose of educating, supporting, advertising, fundraising, and otherwise promoting or providing information about GJR. Information may involve the organization’s mission, programs, youth, community activities, and outreach efforts. Releases may be local, regional, national, and international and include all possible existing or future media types.

* Please note that some referring agencies prohibit the use of Personal Information regardless of parental consent.

Search & Seizure

GJR in PA places great value on the safety and security of all youth, families, staff, and visitors. To ensure the safety of all, youth and their belongings will be searched upon admission, upon return to campus after home visits and other community outings, and when there is strong reason to suspect possession of dangerous or illegal items. These searches will be conducted by trained staff in a private and respectful manner and be approved by an administrative staff member.

Items that are not permitted or present a danger to self or others will be confiscated.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Youth in the GJR in PA residential programs will be tested for the presence of drugs and alcohol at admission, at the request of placing agencies, and randomly if there is reasonable suspicion of substance abuse. Drug and alcohol testing will be conducted by trained staff in a controlled and private environment, with the permission of an administrative staff member.

Restrictive Procedures

The safety of youth and staff at GJR in PA is a primary concern, and every effort is made to anticipate and respond to situations to avoid potential harm. At times, the safety of youth and staff requires the use of restrictive procedures. Restrictive procedures may only be used when all other attempts to de-escalate and calm a youth have not worked, and the youth presents as a danger to physically harm self and/or others.

De-escalation measures may include redirection, sensory interventions, providing a safe and quiet space, reflective listening to youth’s concerns, finding an outlet for excess energy, music, and any of a number of other individual options. Youth are encouraged to work with staff and their support systems to create a plan that outlines the strategies that work best in helping them gain and maintain emotional and behavioral stability.

Restrictive procedures include the use of time out and passive physical restraint. Time out is defined as separation of a youth from others for a period of time, with at least one staff member present at all times in a designated area from which the youth is not physically prevented from leaving. The purpose of time out is to reduce stimuli, allow youth time to reflect, and to gain control of thoughts, emotions, and behavior.

A passive physical restraint is defined as application of physical force by one or more individuals that restricts or reduces a youth’s ability to move freely. Restraints are used to interrupt behavior when it becomes dangerous to self or others and in order to assist in regaining personal control. GJR in PA teaches skills and provides supports to assist youth in managing their own behavior in stressful times. By developing and building upon these skills, youth will decrease the need for restraints.

Restrictive procedures will respect the dignity and rights of youth and will only be used by trained staff. By signing the Parent/Guardian Information Guide Acknowledgment, you understand that you are providing consent to use the restrictive procedures described above.

Smoking, E-Cigarette, Vaping & Tobacco Products

Youth are not permitted tobacco products and/or products associated with vaping.

Pennsylvania law prohibits the sale of tobacco, in any form, to any minor under the age of 21-years. PA law further prohibits the purchase, gift, or other means of furnishing tobacco, in any form, to a minor under the age of 21-years.

In accordance with this law, GJR in PA has a no smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping, or use of tobacco in any form policy for youth. Youth are not permitted to smoke or use tobacco products in any form. Tobacco is not sold on the campus, and staff members are not permitted to purchase or supply youth with tobacco, e-cigarettes, or vaping products. Parents, guardians, and visitors are not permitted to provide youth with tobacco or vaping products, of any kind.


As a parent/guardian of a child residing at GJR in PA, you understand that your child may be provided transportation both on and off the campus of GJR in PA for appointments, home visits, activities, court hearings, etc. All transportation will be provided by licensed drivers who are employed, trained, and supervised by GJR in PA. All transportation will occur in vehicles owned and maintained by GJR in PA.

Youth Rights

A youth has the right to file a grievance/complaint with the facility for any alleged violation of a specific civil right and/or behavioral health treatment plan violation.

By law (Children in Foster Care Act of 2010), children in placement have the following personal rights:

  1. You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and
  2. You may not be discriminated upon due to race, color, religious creed, disability, handicap, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, limited English proficiency, age, or sex. These issues have no bearing on the quality of services recommended or provided to you. You have the right not to be deprived of any civil, legal, or human rights due to a mental health, mental intellectual deficit, and/or developmental disability diagnosis.
  3. You have the right as a minor to not be physically or emotionally abused, mistreated, unreasonably restrained, threatened, harassed, or subject to corporal punishment. You may not be subject to unusual or extreme methods of discipline, which may cause psychological or physical harm to you. It is the policy of GJR in PA to report all allegations of child/adult abuse to the ChildLine and Abuse Registry of the Department of Human Services. Allegations of abuse will be investigated by the Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services.
  4. You have a right to be informed of the rules of the facility/
  5. You have the right to be given enough food and food of good quality.
  6. You have the right to clothing that is clean, seasonal, and age and gender appropriate.
  7. You have the right to appropriate medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health treatment. You have the right to agree or refuse any medical and mental health treatment, including
  8. You have the right to take part in developing your Individualized Service Plan, which includes medical, drug and alcohol, and/or mental health treatment, if applicable. You have a right to a copy of your Individualized Service Plan
  9. You have the right to receive and send mail unless restricted by a court order. Outgoing mail shall not be opened or read by staff persons unless court ordered. Incoming mail from federal, state, or county officials or your attorney shall not be opened or read by staff persons unless court ordered. Incoming mail from persons shall not be opened or read by staff persons unless court ordered or there is a reasonable suspicion that contraband or other information or material that may jeopardize your health or safety may be enclosed. You may open mail in the presence of a staff person.
  10. You have the right to visit your parents/guardians at least every other weekend unless prohibited or restricted by court order.
  11. You have the right to have contact with your
  12. You have the right to have all the contact information for your guardian ad litem, attorney, court-appointed special advocate, and members of your planning team. You have the right to communicate and visit privately with your attorney.
  13. You have a right to communicate with others by telephone. This right is based on a reasonable policy and, at times, written instructions from your contracting agency or court, if applicable, regarding circumstances, frequency, time, payment, and privacy.
  14. You have the right to be in a place that maintains your culture as reasonably accommodated.
  15. You have the right to attend school and be able to take part in extracurricular, cultural, and personal enrichment
  16. You have the right to have the opportunity to work and develop job skills at an appropriate age level, which may be reasonably accommodated.
  17. You have the right to get life skills training and independent living services.
  18. You have the right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure. The facility may conduct search and seizure procedures, subject to reasonable facility policy.
  19. You have a right to confidentiality and release of information with informed, written consent except as required by legal.
  20. You have the right to get notices of court hearings from your placing agency or county courthouse for your case and have the ability to attend the hearing.
  21. You have the right to practice a religion or faith of your choice, provided it is a bona fide religion, or not to practice any religion or faith. You have the right to communicate and visit with your clergy in private.
  22. You have the right to receive the agency’s grievance policy and to have your rights, and the grievance policy explained to you in a way that you understand. You have the right to lodge a grievance with the facility for an alleged violation of specific client or civil right(s) or a complaint regarding your behavioral health treatment plan without fear of retaliation.
  23. You have the right to exercise parental and decision-making authority for your child (if you are a parent/guardian).
  24. Your rights may not be used as a reward or punishment. 
  25. You have a right not to participate in research projects. Program services shall be made available to individuals with disabilities through the most procedural and economically feasible methods possible. Child Rights 26 through 32 do not apply to delinquent youth.
  26. You have the right to live in the most family-like setting that meets your needs.
  27. You have the right to be placed with your kin and relatives, if possible.
  28. You have the right to be placed with families who have supported you before, if possible.
  29. You have the right to be placed with your siblings or visit with them at least every other week as arranged by your placing agency. GJR in PA will make available to you phone contact with your siblings per the placing agency’s family service plan or written permission.
  30. You have the right to be able to stay in the same school when you change placements.
  31. You have the right to a permanency plan that you helped create and that you can review.
  32. You have the right to get notice that you can ask to stay in care after you turn 18 years of age.

While GJR in PA supports Child Rights for dependent and/or dependent/delinquent youth*, they are outside of GJR in PA’s jurisdiction to enforce; therefore, you must file a grievance with your placing agency should you believe one or more of these rights has been violated. If you need assistance in completing a grievance form to your placing agency, the GJR in PA therapist or case manager can help you.

* This information is provided to and reviewed with each youth upon admission.

Youth Grievance Procedure

Upon admission, staff will review the Youth Grievance policy with your child. Outlined below are the action steps to take if youth believe rights have been violated. Submitting a grievance will in no way impact the defined treatment goals, plans for youth transfer, discharge, or scheduled youth activities.

  1. Once a grievance is identified, youth are encouraged to discuss the grievance issue with the involved staff member. Youth will also have the opportunity to complete a written grievance form immediately.
  2. If youth are not comfortable with this approach, they will be encouraged to speak with another staff person they trust— this may include a recreation staff member or teacher.
  3. If the discussions do not assist in resolving the issue, and youth have not yet completed a grievance form, they will be encouraged to do so. Grievance drop boxes are located across the GJR in PA campus.
  4. The campus director is responsible for reviewing and discussing the grievance with the youth.
  5. If youth believes the issue has not been resolved, they will have the opportunity to meet with the vice president of
  6. If the meeting with the vice president of operations does not assist in resolving the issue, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled within ten days. Meeting participants will include the vice president of operations, the youth, the campus director, and the placing agency.*

** Youth have the opportunity to include their parent or guardian in grievance related meetings and to send the grievance form to the placing agency.

Family Grievance Procedure

Each child and parent/guardian have the right to lodge grievances without the fear of retaliation. The Family Grievance Procedure at GJR is as follows:

  1. If a problem, question, issue, or situation arises regarding the youth’s care or treatment, it should first be handled by the youth’s counselor/parents or residential manager.
  2. If a problem, question, issue, or situation arises regarding the youth’s care or treatment that cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the youth’s counselor/parents or residential manager, it should then be discussed with the youth’s case manager or treatment team coordinator.
  3. If a problem, question, issue, or situation arises regarding the youth’s care or treatment that cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the youth’s case manager or treatment team coordinator, it should then be discussed with the youth’s campus director. The campus director is an administrative staff person and the direct supervisor of the staff working with your child.
  4. If a problem, question, issue, or situation arises regarding the youth’s care or treatment that cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the youth’s campus director, it should then be discussed with the vice president of operations. The vice president of operations is the immediate supervisor of all campus directors and treatment staff.
  5. If a problem, question, issue, or situation arises regarding the youth’s care or treatment that cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the vice president of operations, it should then be discussed with GJR’s chief executive officer.

Sources of Parent Advocacy/Support

Parental support, advocacy, educational groups, and informational resources are available to you in your local community. Your child’s caseworker, juvenile probation officer, or local community mental health case manager can provide you with phone numbers of the groups or informational resources in your area.

Privacy Policy

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.


You have the right to:

  • Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
  • Correct your paper or electronic medical record
  • Request confidential communication
  • Ask us to limit the information we share
  • Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared your information
  • Get a copy of this privacy notice
  • Choose someone to act for you
  • File a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated


You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

  • Tell family and friends about your condition
  • Provide disaster relief
  • Include you in a hospital directory
  • Provide mental health care
  • Market our services and sell your information
  • Raise funds


We may use and share your information as we:

  • Treat you
  • Run our organization
  • Bill for your services
  • Help with public health and safety issues
  • Do research
  • Comply with the law
  • Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
  • Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
  • Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
  • Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

Your Rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
Ask us to correct your medical record
  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
Request confidential communications
  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable
Ask us to limit what we use or share
  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
  • If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
Get a copy of this privacy notice

You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Choose someone to act for you
  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
  • You can file a complaint if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting the risk officer.
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1.877.696.6775, or visiting hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • Include your information in a hospital directory

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example, if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

In the case of fundraising, we may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

Our Uses & Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

Treat you

We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.

Run our organization

We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary. Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.

Bill for your services

We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.

Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.

How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information, visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/ privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html

Help with public health and safety issues

We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
  • Do research
  • We can use or share your information for health research
Comply with the law

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Our Responsibilities
  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.
  • We never market or sell personal
  • We never share any substance abuse or mental health treatment records without your written permission.
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Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our website.

Effective Date of this Notice of Privacy Practices is November 1, 2023

Privacy Officer: Sandy Dillon-Dick Phone: 724.458.9330 x2182

Email: [email protected]

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