was founded in the Central Susquehanna Valley in 1983, beginning
with the support of a start-up grant from the Pennsylvania
Commission on Crime and Delinquency. President Jerilyn Keen-Katherman
began her career with PA Treatment & Healing, in 1985 as a
Caseworker. From Caseworker to Supervisor, Mrs. Keen-Katherman grew with
the demands of the agency and eventually became Managing
Director and Vice President of the company in 1995. On July 1,
2000, Mrs. Keen-Katherman was confirmed as President of PA Treatment &
Healing. With over 28 years experience in counseling and
juvenile justice field, President Keen-Katherman leads a very effective
team of managers and therapeutic staff.
October of 1983, the Agency was incorporated and was
subsequently granted the status as a private, non-profit,
501(c)(3) corporation in 1986. Under the direction of the
President, the Chairman and very astute Board of
Directors, the organization originated as an intensive
community-based program designed to provide the intensity of a
residential facility without removing youth from their home or
community. We achieved national model status with the U.S.
Department of Justice for three consecutive years beginning in
1991. The program has continued to develop and grow to
provide a comprehensive menu of youth services. Our target
population is both male and female, dependent and delinquent
youth, ages 10-18. The average length of stay for each
client is six to nine months. Although clients are
referred to PATH mostly to avoid more costly residential or out
of home placements, our services are also utilized as a means of
providing prevention and aftercare services as well.
the years our focus has expanded throughout Pennsylvania.
Presently, PA Treatment & Healing operates ten licensed
treatment facilities located in Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg,
Honesdale, Lehighton, Middleburg, Milton, Pottsville, Scranton,
South Montrose, State College and Williamsport. From these
locations we serve 27 counties and over 70 school districts.
The agency serves a daily population of more than 400 youth.
The success and growth of PA Treatment & Healing is
attributed to the high quality of services provided to the
clients, parents and referring agencies by a trained and
committed team of staff. The Agency provides one of the
most comprehensive program structures in the state, with a
multi-faceted service menu designed for many types of need.
is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare to provide Day
Treatment, Foster Care, “Be Challenged” Outdoor Weekend, and
Group Home services. In addition, PATH is licensed by the
Department of Health and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs
to provide Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Counseling for Youth and Adults which is also
Medical Assistance approved. The Alternative Education
Program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Agency also has a mental health license to provide Intensive
Adolescent Day Treatment services, a Medical Assistance approved
utilizes intensive counseling, education and, community service
to hold youth accountable for their actions while healing their
heart. Youth are encouraged to evaluate the consequences
of their actions through the four-fold goal. The primary
goal of our Agency is to intervene with each youth and family
with the least restrictive form of treatment, at the proper
level of intensity. As an Agency, we have diversified our
services in order to offer a broad range of interventions
focused on “guiding people on the path to change.”