Residential Programs

Unit Two

Components

With the promise of providing quality programming to meet the needs of the youth served, HHYS operates group homes and transition living services for the youth entrusted to our care.  Youth are court ordered through dependency or delinquency court to receive therapeutic services as required for a successful return to the community. 


In working to achieve the fundamental goals of community protection, offender accountability, and competency development, Hermitage House will address the core components of competency development as indicated by research to aid youth in being successful in school, work and life and decreasing continued involvement with the juvenile justice system.  These include a range of Pro-Social Skills, Moral Reasoning Skills, Academic Skills, Workforce Development Skills, and Independent Living Skills.  In addressing these core components we utilize proven practices and evidence based programs that employ written curriculum, short term but goal oriented, use process group components as well as individual counseling, and can include pre and post- test measures to assure outcomes. As part of the daily milieu, youth workers address the competencies in the areas of chores, interactions with peers and staff, independent living skills, response to redirection, group activity interactions, and behavior/academics in school.

Along with the teaching of competencies, we address the areas of Restorative Justice, Victim Awareness, Community Safety, and Accountability in individual and group format.  Evidence based and promising practices will be utilized in treatment of presenting problems as well as the criminogenic factors of personality/behavior, attitudes/orientation, peer relations, family circumstances, substance abuse, education/employment and use of leisure time will be targeted on an individual basis as needed for clients.  The Youth Level of Service will be utilized to guide treatment planning for those delinquent youth.


For each of the residential programs listed below, adjunct programming available can include one or more of the following:

  • ADAPT Services
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Seeking Safety
  • Interactive Journaling
  • Balanced and Restorative Justice
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Independent Living Skill Development and Transition Service
  • Educational Services
  • Group Processing
  • Family Involvement and Visitation
  • Family Sessions
  • Community Service
  • Restitution Work
Programming to enhance service delivery, respond to trauma needs, aid in restitution payment, complete community service hours and provide leisure activities leading to social and emotional growth can include:

  • NYPUM: National Youth Project Using Mini-bikes
  • LEAP: Learn Earn and Payback
  • Therapeutic Art Club
  • Key Club
  • Therapeutic Drumming/HealthRHYTHMS
  • Mindful Yoga
  • Hermitage House Enterprises
  • Chaplain Program.

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Unit One

Unit One

Specialized Treatment Unit

Provides a safe, child-supportive, trauma responsive, staff-secure residential environment within a community setting for up to 8 males (ages may range from 12 to 20) with specialized needs that may include: cognitive deficits, autism spectrum disorders, and/or significant social, emotional, or behavioral issues. Youth are court adjudicated dependent or delinquent or pending court adjudication. Emergency shelter services are provided dependent on bed availability. Youth served are those in need of skills for successful living including an identified array developed from the following: competency development, social and emotional services, victim and/or offender services, transition to the community, balanced and restorative justice, family reunification, future planning, education enhancement and planning, and other individually established needs. Services are adapted to the functional level of the client served. The service goal may also include to provide an independent living track to the Transitional Living Program for those clients who are at least 16 years and older and able to function in the less structured environment.

Admission restrictions include significant assaultive behavior, significant psychiatric diagnosis, actively suicidal, substantial danger to peers or community.

Unit Two

Unit Two

Male Residential Group Home and Emergency Shelter

Provides a safe, child-supportive, trauma responsive, residential environment within a community setting for up to 12 males (ages may range from 13 to 20) who are court adjudicated dependent or delinquent or pending court adjudication. Referral sources include Children and Youth county agencies and Juvenile Probation Offices. Youth served are those in need of skills for successful living including an identified array developed from the following: competency development, social and emotional services, victim and/or offender services, balanced and restorative justice, transition to the community, family reunification, future planning, education enhancement and planning, and other individually established needs. The service goal may also include to provide an independent living track to the Transitional Living Program for those clients who are at least 16 years and older. Emergency placement services are conducted on an as needed basis and availability of bed space.

Admission restrictions: significant assaultive behavior, significant psychiatric diagnosis or psychosis that would hinder treatment

Unit Three

Unit Three

Intensive Supervision, High Impact Program and Emergency Shelter Services 

Provides a safe, child-supportive, trauma sensitive, staff-secure residential environment within a community setting for up to 12 youth (ages 12 to 20) who are court adjudicated dependent or delinquent or pending court adjudication.  This setting will also include short term treatment intensive services and transition services.   Referral sources include Children and Youth county agencies and Juvenile Probation Offices. 

Youth referred for intensive supervision group home services (HIP) or longer term group home services are those who are Court adjudicated dependent or delinquent and have one of the following needs: committed an act of delinquency or are participating in inappropriate acts within the community that may lead to an adjudication of delinquency, need transition from a more secure environment to the community setting, to prevent a foster care disruption, as well as individual needs as designated by the county representative.    Issues can include but are not limited to truancy, school problems, drug and alcohol issues, theft, disorderly conduct, and foster home/adoptive home disruption.  Clients served for transition services can also include those exiting other residential services that would benefit from re-entry planning and service provision.

Emergency Shelter clients are those that need a safe, staff-secure placement, usually for 1-30 days, for various reasons such as; immediate protection from an abusive or neglectful situation, a violation of community based probation, awaiting an opening at a placement facility, awaiting a hearing date, etc.

Youth are provided education through the Northwest Intermediate Unit 5 classroom. Classroom milieu will address required academic subject areas, life skills, and social skill development at a level appropriate for individual clients. Within the unit, youth will experience individual and group counseling which addresses their needs as well as incorporating coping skills, social skills, separation/loss issues, decision-making skills, drug and alcohol discussion, and relationship skills. Youth will be referred for community-based therapy when needed.

South Campus

South Campus

Female Residential Unit and Emergency Shelter

Provides a safe, child-supportive, trauma responsive, staff-secure residential environment within a community setting for up to 12 females (ages may range from 12 to 20) who are court adjudicated dependent or delinquent or pending court adjudication.  Referral sources include Children and Youth county agencies and Juvenile Probation Offices. 

Youth served are those in need of skills for successful living including an identified array developed from the following: competency development, social and emotional services, victim and/or offender services, balanced and restorative justice, transition to the community, family reunification, future planning, education enhancement and planning, and other individually established needs.  The service goal may also include to provide an independent living track to the Transitional Living Program for those clients who are at least 16 years and older. 

Emergency placement services are conducted on an as needed basis and availability of bed space.

Admission restrictions: significant assaultive behavior, significant psychiatric diagnosis or psychosis that would hinder treatment

Referrals

Group Homes and Transitional Living
Carla Hromyak
(814)734-4951

Emergency Shelter and Intensive Supervision/High Impact Program:
Kristy Cole-Prenatt
(814-734-4951 or, after hours: 814-734-9909)