5712 Iroquois Avenue, Harborcreek, PA 16421
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About Harborcreek Youth Services in Erie, PA

One Agency, Three Programs

Located just outside of Erie in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, Harborcreek Youth Services has been serving families since 1911. Originally founded as the "Catholic Boys Protectory," the agency has changed with the needs of the community over the years serving for a time as an orphanage, a juvenile probation facility, and finally today as a progressive, trauma-informed Behavioral Health provider for Pennsylvania families and youth. We have a 60-acre campus that houses our Residential Treatment Program, and two community programs for Erie County residents that serve both boys and girls from ages 5-18 and their families.

Residential Treatment at Harborcreek Youth Services

Harborcreek Youth Services (HYS) provides Behavioral Health treatment to approximately 190 young men and their families each year, from counties all over the state of Pennsylvania. HYS is proud to be certified as a Sanctuary Organization. This means HYS recognizes that virtually all of the youth we serve have experienced significant trauma in their lives, and that their unfortunate circumstances have, in part, evolved from these traumas. We foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and concern for the well-being of others, and model this for the youth in the program. We strive to provide a therapeutic environment that provides safety and security for the participants to avoid re-traumatizing the youth who come here for treatment.

Harborcreek Youth Services is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Using Sanctuary practices and principles, we help youth and families overcome adversity and build positive futures within a safe, Christian environment that respects and promotes individuality and strengthens community. Learn more about our Residential Treatment Program here!

Community Programs in Erie County through Harborcreek Youth Services

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family-centered and community-based treatment which teaches evidence-based interventions to parents to increase family functioning by reducing behaviors such as adolescent truancy, disrespect, violence, and substance abuse. The MST program equips participants to independently address problems using support and skill building to increase responsible behavior for the entire family. MST Services defines successful discharge when the families meet the Three Ultimate Outcomes: when the youth is living at home, there are no new charges by the youth during their time in treatment, and the youth is in school.

The MST model continues to provide evidence that there are families with improved functioning by the end of the MST treatment. When families rely on their own network of supports, they are less dependent on mental health professionals and are better prepared to resolve issues and solve problems on their own. As a result, MST benefits not only the identified youth initially referred to the program but the entire family as well, including the other children in the home. For more information about Multisystemic Therapy, please click here.

The Community Residential Rehabilitation (CRR) Host Home Treatment Program is a therapeutic foster care program designed for children and their families who are located in Erie County. The Host Home Treatment Program is a community-based, out-of-home program in which the child lives with a trained Host Home Parent (foster parent) while receiving individualized mental health treatment. Once a child is placed, their treatment team provides complete support to the Host Home Parents and treatment services for the child and their family. The child receives individual and family therapy, ongoing case coordination services, and consultation with a child psychiatrist. The end goal is to reunite them with their family or transition them to a lower level of care. To reach this goal, we put an emphasis on therapeutic visits and family therapy sessions, so everyone is involved. For more information about the Host Home Treatment Program or becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent, please click here.