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A message from President Jerilyn Keen-Katherman

   PA Treatment & Healing was founded in the Central Susquehanna Valley   in 1983, beginning with a start up grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The organization originated as a community-based program, designed to provide the intensity of a residential facility without removing the youth from their home or community.  Only providing day treatment services at a single location initially, the agency has been blessed to have expanded to eleven treatment centers located throughout the state, offering a vast menu of counseling and educational programs.

From its inception the strength of this agency has been due to the talented, committed staff members, who give so unselfishly of themselves to helping each client, student and family heal from the inside out.  As supervisor, Assistant Director, Managing Director and as President for the last 13 years, I have had the privilege and honor of leading a very effective team of sincere and committed managers and therapeutic staff.  Without reservation I can say the future of this agency is exciting, bright and full of unknown challenges we are determined to face and conquer together!

Over the years we have expanded geographically throughout Pennsylvania.  Presently, PA Treatment & Healing operates licensed treatment programs, in Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Hawley, 2 locations in Honesdale, Lehighton, Milton, Pottsville, Scranton, South Montrose, State College, Turbotville and Williamsport.  From these locations we serve 27 counties and over 70 public school districts.  The agency is privileged to serve 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 is proud to provide one of the most comprehensive, quality program structures in the state, offering:

·        Licensed After School Evening Day Treatment;

·        Intensive Adolescent Day Treatment (Mental Health licensed/MA approved);

·        Outpatient Drug and Alcohol counseling (Mental Health licensed/MA approved);  

·        Licensed Specialized Foster Care;

·        Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth;

·        Licensed Outdoor Mobile Program (Be Challenged);

·        Community Service Programs for Youth;

·        Outpatient Individual, Marital and Family Counseling;

·        Parental Supervision Services;

We have instituted a system of program compliance to further develop and carefully systematize each of our program services to ensure each location is offering the highest quality treatment and education. Our treatment programs are licensed by the following state agencies, the Department of Public Welfare, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Office of Medical Assistance Programs and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Our reputation with each of these entities remains remarkably positive.

It is hard to believe we have been providing services as a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation for more than 30 years.  PA Treatment & Healing has received a number of state and national awards including the honor of being named a national model program by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs of Justice for three consecutive years beginning in 1991.  The staff and clients of PA Treatment & Healing have been featured in the following national television documentaries: 

·        Breaking the Cycle of Violence, produced by the National Education Service;

·        Stick and Stones, produced by George Rivera Productions;

·        Victory Over Violence, produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions and hosted by the legendary Walter Cronkite;

·        ABC World News – featuring youth from the Day Treatment program participating in the H.O.P.E for Life Program;

·        Bad Dads produced by Arnold Shapiro productions and commentated by Heavyweight Boxing Champion, George Foreman.

Developing healthy relationships with our clients, among our team of staff and with the community has been and remains our primary focus. We are continually encouraged and thankful for the unending support of Judges, Probation Officers, Teachers and Administrators, Children & Youth Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Interns, Volunteers, Contributors and our Esteemed Board of Directors and Statewide Advisory Committee.  These individuals have steadfastly partnered with us in our mission of “guiding people on the path to change” and we are forever grateful for their support.

To God be the Glory for all we have been able to achieve so far and for all He will guide our steps to accomplish in the future.  

Very Sincerely,                                               


Jerilyn Keen-Katherman, M.A.



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