Our Story

 

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PA Treatment & Healing (PATH) 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. In October of 1983, the agency was incorporated and was subsequently granted the status as a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation in 1986. Under the direction of the president, chairman and 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 homes or communities. PATH 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 services. 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. You can learn more about our programs here.

PATH is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare to provide day treatment, foster care, and the “Be Challenged” outdoor weekend services. In addition, PATH is licensed by the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to provide outpatient drug and alcohol services for youth and adults which is also Medical Assistance and BC/BS 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.

PATH utilizes intensive counseling, education, and community service to hold clients accountable for their actions while healing their heart. Clients 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 client 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 a more positive path in life.

PATH’s history, a foundation for its future:

 

2016

PATH’s Milton center is relocated to a new Turbotville facility.

2015

Opened a new Drug & Alcohol center in Honesdale, with the capacity of 200 clients.

2015

Credentialed with BC/BS (First Priority Health & First Priority Life)

2014

Credentialed with AmeriHealth Connect (Perform Care)

2013

Celebrated 30 years of success. (1983-2013)

2012

Opened a new facility in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

2007

On July 1st, we officially became PA Treatment & Healing (PATH), to better represent the multitude of services we provide.

2007

Opened a new facility in State College, Pennsylvania.

2007

Granted Partial Hospitalization Mental Health licensure by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Approved as Medical Assistance Provider for the Intensive Adolescent Program.

2006

Participated in the “Life Skills at the U” collaborative program between the junior occupational therapy students and the students from the AEP in Scranton.  Advisory Committee Member, Dr. Elizabeth Ciaravino of the University of Scranton was awarded a Diversity Initiatives grant from Mission and Identity to fund the program.

2005

Approved as Medical Assistance Provider for the Drug & Alcohol Program.

2005

Selected as an “Innovative Educational Program” by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

2005

Agency client received the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission “Outstanding Achievement” Award.

Received a Community Service Award from Bucknell University (three consecutive years).

2004

Started the Competency Class at the Lehighton Center

Initiated the Community Service Program at the Montoursville Center.

Established the Outdoor Weekend “Be Challenged” Program from the Montoursville Center.

Launched the Healthy Parenting Program at the Scranton Center.

2004

Client honored by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission for the Written Expression Contest.

Received a donation from the Fifth Annual One Million Penny Campaign of the Fraternity and Sorority System from Bucknell University.

Received a Young Entrepreneurs Award from the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development for the South Montrose Center.

2003

Opened a new facility in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Agency Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Approved as an Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for several Agency locations to provide community service.

2002

Awarded the “Stellar Site Award” by Bloomsburg University, Office of Academic Internships (Bloomsburg Center).

2001

Opened “The Lighthouse” an Adolescent Group Home for males in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.

2000

Awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to replicate the day treatment program in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.  In 2002, the Mifflintown Center relocated to Lewistown.

Approved as a Private Provider of Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

1999

Featured in the Koch Crime Institute Guide to Community-Based Alternatives for Low-Risk Juvenile Offenders.

Featured in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program Bulletin.

1998

Started a day treatment program in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In 2000, the Williamsport Center relocated to Montoursville.

1998

Awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to replicate the day treatment program in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

1997

The Program Development and Evaluation Systems (ProDES) completed their four year recidivism study of the Philadelphia Center.  The recidivism rate was determined to be 28%.

1996

Featured nationally in Bad Dads, a one-hour special on the Agency’s Parenting Program, on the FOX TV network; produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions, hosted by George Foreman.

1996

Started a new day treatment program in Berwick, Pennsylvania.  In 1998, the Berwick Center relocated to Bloomsburg.

1995

Featured in Sticks and Stones, a national documentary; produced by George Rivera Productions.

Featured in the OJJDP Guide to Implementing the Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders.

1995

Awarded “Best Community-Based Program in the State of Pennsylvania” by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (Philadelphia Center).

Student awarded “Best Youth with Character Development in the State of Pennsylvania” by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

1994

Featured throughout North America via satellite in Breaking the Cycle of Violence, a documentary by the National Educational Service Foundation.

Featured nationally in the Victory over Violence documentary; narrated by Walter Cronkite, produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions.

1993

Awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to replicate the day treatment program in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  In 2000, the Hawley Center relocated to Honesdale.

Presented with a Citation for Exemplary Service by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

1993

Featured on the Montel Williams Show.

1992

Awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to replicate the day treatment program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Received the Gould-Wysinger Award for “Exceptional achievements in advancing juvenile justice at the local level” by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Recommended by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for an OJJDP National Award of Excellence.

1991

Received “National Model” status from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for three consecutive years.

1990

The original program relocated to Milton, Pennsylvania.

1989

Started new program in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.  In 1995, the Brodheadsville Center relocated to Sciota.  In 2006, the Sciota Center relocated to East Stroudsburg.

1988

Opened new day treatment center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

1987

Opened new facility in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Recognition for Outstanding Service to Youth and Community by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.

1983

Incorporated the first PA Treatment & Healing Program, operating at Susquehanna University.

1982

Award for an Outstanding Education Program by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Recognized for Outstanding Service to Youth and Community by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.

 

 

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