5712 Iroquois Avenue, Harborcreek, PA 16421
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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 a 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 state-of-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.
  • 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.
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring for behavioral health conditions.
    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. 
  • Family therapy, to help youth and their families be connected and address home issues and future planning. 
  • A growing Expressive Therapies program that includes our longstanding Writers’ Group, and: 
    • 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. 
    • Movement Therapy, in the forms of Trauma Release Exercises and Yoga. 
  • Problem Sexual Behavior Counseling, which focuses on motivational factors for problem sexual behavior, the Good Lives Model as a means of designing individualized treatment, and increasing protective factors while decreasing risk. 
  • 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. 


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

  • Tim Borgia, Admissions Coordinator: 814-899-7664, extension 329 - cell: 814-434-4700 - tborgia@hys-erie.org
  • Kirsty Bross, Intake Coordinator: 814-899-7664, extension 312 - cell: 814-434-4670 - kbross@hys-erie.org
  • Gary Mack, Intake Coordinator: 814-899-7664, extension 322 - cell: 814-434-4696 - gmack@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.