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Residential Treatment at Harborcreek Youth Services

Residential Behavioral Health Services at HYS encompass aspects of treatment in which we have invested a great deal of training and effort. When a new program participant walks in the door the first time, they are joining a treatment community that embraces the Sanctuary Model. That means HYS is committed to beginning and continuing our relationship with each young person by acknowledging the importance and impact of where they’ve been. Then, we engage with them to create the safe, therapeutic space in which we can help them achieve goals and, ultimately, get where they want to go. Sanctuary is an every-hour-of-every-day treatment approach and forms the basis of treatment at HYS.

All of our program participants are referred to HYS because of Behavioral Health concerns: conditions which manifest as difficulty in regulating mood, thinking, and behavior. The HYS treatment teams help each youth to learn more about how these conditions may be influencing their actions every day. Most of the youth are seen by a psychiatrist who evaluates them and may even prescribe medication to support their efforts to improve the way they act and feel.

Every program participant is also assigned a therapist who is well-trained in a variety of models and techniques. HYS is investing deeply in techniques like Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and Progressive Counting and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which are stateof-the-art treatments to help youth overcome the devastating effects of trauma. Therapists use these and other special techniques according to the situation and needs of each youth. Special groups and family therapy are also used to educate and work through important issues. The treatment at HYS helps our youth address the traumas of their past, and progress safely toward a stronger future.

Our Residential Treatment Program emphasizes and provides:

• Trauma-Informed Care, provided by a psychiatrist-led treatment team. Learn More

• A supervised treatment milieu that follows the Sanctuary Model, with trained staff at the ready to work on individual goals and provide daily counseling and guidance. Learn More

• Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring for behavioral health conditions. Learn More

• Individual and Group therapy provided by therapists specially trained in addressing trauma and behavioral health issues. This assists youth in learning how past events and mental health concerns impact their choices, feelings and behavior. Learn More

• Family therapy, to help youth and their families be connected and address home issues and future planning. Learn More

• Music Therapy: through a partnership with Mercyhurst University, certified Music Therapists use rhythm, words and music as a unique and additional medium through which participants accomplish treatment goals.

• Art Therapy, which encourages youth to use many different kinds of media to express their ideas and feelings with guidance from our Art Therapist.

• Sexual Counseling Services which focus on accountability, empathy toward victims, community safety, and the ultimate goal of zero recidivism. Learn More

• Community Service and Restitution as a goal and focus during treatment: residents have both on and off campus opportunities to contribute to the well-being of the entire community and to make restitution if required. Learn More

• Harborcreek Youth Services has a campus education program which is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and staffed by certified teachers. The latest technology is utilized to provide academic instruction for students grades 5-12 based on home district mapping. Our agency offers a full range of pre-vocational training in our Work Experience Program for career planning, hands-on experience, teaching real life skills and preparing students for employability. The goal of teachers in our programs is to work with individual students to discover their interests, strengths, and talents. Learn More

• Medical Staff who ensure that residents receive high quality medical care. Learn More


For more information on Residential Treatment Services at HYS or to make a referral, contact our Intake Team:

  • Tim Borgia: 814-899-7664, extension 329 - cell: 814-434-4700 - tborgia@hys-erie.org
  • Kirsty Bross: 814-899-7664, extension 312 - cell: 814-434-4670 - kbross@hys-erie.org
  • Frank Porter, Southwest Family & Court Liaison: 412-585-0352 - fporter@hys-erie.org

Please note that Harborcreek Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Admissions, provision of services, and client referrals are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, or sex.