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PREA Audit 7-17-17

PREA Survey 2015



  • Daily behavioral rating assessment of core areas, such as:
    interactions with others, attitude, school / quiet time, chores, hygiene,
    personal room care, daily routine, mealtime, communication,
    treatment involvement, and community conduct
  • Personal accountability
  • Group treatment
  • Therapeutic recreation, such as: Art Therapy Program, Mindful Yoga, Drum Circle,
    Pastoral Program, community activities, Key Club Community Service

THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION (individual and group components):

  • Adolescent Development and Preventative Treatment (A.D.A.P.T.): Treatment for youth exhibiting inappropriate sexual behaviors or who have received charges for sexual behavior. Treatment goals include:
    • review of youth's comprehensive developmental history
    • interpersonal cycle of offense constructs
    • completion of victim letters
    • development of a comprehensive relapse prevention / life plan
  • Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.): Evidence-based program using a cognitive behavioral approach to teach pro-social skillsto youth through Moral Reasoning, Skillstreaming, and Anger Control groups
  • Balanced and Restorative Justice (B.A.R.J.) - utilizes the Victim Impact Listen and Learn Curriculum to address victim impact, community safety, and accountability.
    Progress is assessed through completion of requirements:
    • Disclosure and processing of the offense and behavior
    • Address of developmental history through autobiographical account
    • Mediation through the clarification letter to the victim
    • Construct of interpersonal cycle of offense
    • Development of the relapse prevention / competency plan
    • Restorative focus is placed on completing community service hours,
      paying towards restitution costs, and giving back to the community
      through volunteerism
    • Also: Family Work is offered to provide a forum for support,
      improved family interactions by addressing existing difficulties,
      and defining home expectations / boundaries
  • Interactive Journaling
    • The Forward Thinking Journal series is recognized by SAMSHA as an evidence-based program which uses a cognitive behavioral approach to cognitive skill building,
      criminal thinking, and behavior change
    • structured and experiential process designed to motivate and guide
      participants to develop a personalized plan for realistic change and to achieve their goals for responsible living.
  • Seeking Safety: a present-focused therapy to help clients attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. This research-based approach is designed to teach concrete coping skills as well as increase coping and stabilization. The curriculum is divided into 25 topics which address cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal domains. Practical tools and techniques are provided to engage clients in treatment. The "safe coping skills" apply to both trauma and substance abuse recovery. These skills seek to restore the client's ideals of respect, care, protection, and healing.

TRANSITION SERVICES: As a PACTT affiliate, Hermitage House aids clients in the development of career / vocational planning, enhanced employability competencies, and improved educational outcomes in alignment with PACTT standards. Casey Life Skills are taught in the residential units.

  • Discharge Planning
  • Career assessment and research
  • Pursuit of post-secondary education / training
    • College / training program tours
    • Entrance applications
    • Standardized testing
    • Financial aid and scholarship application
  • Community Resource development and referral
    • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
    • CareerLink
    • Temp Agencies
    • Job Corps
    • Military
    • Recruiters
    • G.E.D. Programs
    • Individualized Needs
      (Drug & Alcohol, Housing, Childcare, MH/MR, Medical, Leisure time, etc.)
  • Employment
    • Job Applications
    • Job Interviews
  • Independent Living Needs
    • Identification documents / Social Security Cards
    • Driver's Permit / license / State I.D. card
    • Banking Services
    • Selective Service registration
    • Transportation
    • Income Tax form completion

TRAUMA THERAPY: Treatment is offered to help a client or patient recover from
traumatic experiences. Individual and group counseling are offered in conjunction with a licensed professional counselor. Residential units utilize trauma-informed practices, policies, and procedures. Mindful Yoga and Drumming are offered in conjunction with individual and group therapy.

MOTIVATIONAL PROGRAMMING offered to supplement therapy includes:

  • NYPUM (National Youth Project Using Minibikes): builds leadership skills, empathy, and care for the environment
  • Art Club: builds self-efficacy and encourages creative expression through a variety of media
  • Mindful Yoga: involves simple postures and movements with a meditative awareness
    • linked to improved well-being and mental health
    • offered to all clients and trauma clients are encouraged to participate
  • Drumming
    • repetitive drumming changes brain wave activity and induces a state of calm
      and focused awareness
    • offered to all clients and trauma clients are encouraged to participate
  • Key Club: targets community service and leadership training while building self esteem
  • Chaplain Program
    • Weekly Chapel Service
    • Bible Study
    • Pastoral Care
  • LEAP (Learn, Earn, And Payback): designed for youth entering the job market as well as
    those who may owe restitution
    • Youth learn valuable life and employment skills while earning a stipend
    • Youth receive hands-on training under guided supervision
  • Hermitage House Enterprises: allows youth to gain employment experience and skill development through education and hands-on training
  • Credit Recovery: Classes offered through cyber program for youth in need of credits toward graduation


At Hermitage House Youth Services, each resident’s safety is of the highest importance and we have Zero Tolerance for any act of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment against any resident in our custody.  This is consistent with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Department of Human Services (DHS), and agency policy.  Residents have the right to be free from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse from other residents and staff; be free from fear of retaliation for reporting an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse; and receive medical, mental health, and victim services, at no cost to them, after experiencing such an incident.  Residents are provided multiple ways to report such incidents; however, if you are aware a resident has experienced such an incident, there are also various ways you can report this on their behalf:

Notify a Hermitage House staff person
File a report with Childline: 1-800-932-0313
Contact the resident's county worker
Contact Crawford County Children & Youth Services: 814-724-8380
(or weekend / after 4:30 p.m. at 814-724-2548)
Contact the Pennsylvania State Police: 814-332-6911
Contact Women's Services: 814-333-9766




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