Devereux PA Children’s Services launches new residential treatment program for youth
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania Children’s Services recently launched a new residential treatment program for youth who are living with emotional and behavioral challenges and require intensive services.
Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services’ Mapleton Intensive Program serves females, ages 12 to 17, from Allegheny County.
“This program meets a critical need in the community,” said Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services Executive Director Patricia Hillis-Clark, Psy.D. “We continue to experience a statewide shortage in the number of residential placements that are available to provide much-needed services. We were approached by Allegheny County to serve as a critical partner in addressing this issue, and therefore, creating a highly specialized unit as part of our continuum of behavioral health residential treatment. We have been working closely with the county for the past several years, and they chose us based on our clinical expertise in providing specialized residential services for youth with complex treatment needs.”
About the program
The Mapleton Intensive Program features 10 single bedrooms in a newly renovated wing of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Behavioral Health Center, an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The program provides 24-hour, out-of-home residential services for youth who have not responded to treatment in traditional community-based or residential settings.
The program’s primary treatment modality is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, is designed to help individuals manage their emotions and behaviors more effectively so they can lead meaningful, productive and socially-connected lives at home and in the community. DBT focuses on supporting individuals by teaching, reinforcing and coaching skills in four key areas:
Youth who participate in the program receive educational services based on their individual education plans. These services are provided by Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services, in conjunction with local school districts.
“The length of stay for youth enrolled in our Mapleton Intensive Program will range from three to 12 months, based on the needs of each individual,” explained Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services Assistant Executive Director Dan Eichelberger, M.S., who helped roll out the program. “Our ultimate goal is to assist those in our care in acquiring the skills needed to achieve success in their homes, schools and communities, and return to those settings as soon as possible.”
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