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In 1979, Pennsylvania Judges sent the first PA youth to Arizona to join the VisionQuest Wagon Train. VisionQuest then made its way to Pennsylvania from Arizona in 1980 when PA boys and girls traveled over 2,000 miles on the Wagon Train. That same year, VisionQuest opened its first Pennsylvania residential program in Franklin and its first community-based HomeQuest program in Erie.

Residential Services

VQ Academy Programs – Boys

Standing Timbers

Standing Timbers Academy is a 32 bed residential program and emergency shelter for adolescent males located in the Pocono Mountains near Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania. The program provides youth an opportunity to achieve their goals in a safe and secure environment that focuses on respect and positive interaction with staff and their peers.

The primary objective of Standing Timbers Academy is the successful reintegration of the youth back to his family and/or community. A comprehensive life and social skills program is designed to provide youth the skills necessary to return home and be positive members of their community. Standing Timbers Academy has an alternative education program on-site. The program also offers onsite clinical services that focus on family therapy/mediation and a drug and alcohol component with a certified addictions counselor providing weekly group and individual sessions.

Evidence-based services offered at Standing Timbers include: Cognitive Behavioral Self Counseling Skills, Sanctuary Model, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), and Casey Life Skills.

 

Lee Prep Programs – Young Adults

Lee Prep South Penn

The Lee Preparatory Academy at South Penn located in Franklin, Pennsylvania offers a 32 bed program for young men. Lee Prep South Penn is a program specifically designed for young adults with a strong emphasis on career development and vocational skills.

At Lee Prep South Penn, youth have the opportunity to experience and achieve success through hard work, vocational skills, entrepreneurial development, and psycho-educational groups and activities. The primary objective of the program is the successful reintegration of the youth into his family and community

Evidence-based services offered at Lee Prep Meadville include: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Sanctuary Model, and Casey Life Skills.

Lee Prep Philadelphia

The Lee Preparatory Academy located in Philadelphia, offers young adults an opportunity to overcome obstacles and prepare for life in the community. The 24 bed program houses 12 males and 12 females.

Lee Prep offers age-specific programming including: vocational skills development, BARJ, community reintegration, educational services, community service, ART, Sanctuary Model, and Drug and Alcohol counseling. These services allow young adults to develop and put into practice the skills they need to be successful.

Evidence-based services offered at Lee Prep Philadelphia include: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Sanctuary Model, and Casey Life Skills.

Lee Prep Hudmont

The Lee Preparatory Academy at Hudmont located in Franklin, Pennsylvania offers a 32 bed program for young men. Lee Prep Hudmont is a program specifically designed for young adults with a focus on drug and alcohol education. The program features two components: 30 day short term sanctions and 3-6 month program.

The Lee Prep Hudmont program offers programming including: drug and alcohol education, vocational skills development, Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ), educational services, and other evidence based programming. These services allow young adults to develop and put into practice skills they need to be successful.

Evidence-based services offered at Lee Prep Meadville include: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Sanctuary Model, and Casey Life Skills.

 

Bucks County Group Home- Bensalem

The Bucks County Group Home in Bensalem, Pennsylvania provides high-quality, evidence-based services to help prepare young women ages 14-17 for independence.

This program serves 10 delinquent and/or dependent girls through trauma-informed practices, aggression reduction, community service, and a vocational and educational focus. Depending on the specific needs and progress of each young woman, the average length of stay is approximately six to twelve months. Aftercare will be provided for youth and families or familial supports to ensure a smooth transition back into the community.

VisionQuest utilizes best practices for gender-specific programming. Research shows that girls thrive developmentally through building relationships and increasing connections with others. These relationships are promoted among peers, with staff and with families. Gender specific programming is represented in all services and activities offered.

Evidence-based services offered at Bucks County Group Home- Bensalem include: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Sanctuary Model, and Casey Life Skills.

 

Community-Based Services

FFT

FFT (www.fftinc.com) is an in-home therapeutic service that helps family members to strengthen their ability to work together and successfully solve problems of concern to the family. It is a front-end program that works to divert at-risk youth away from residential treatment entirely.

VisionQuest offers FFT services in Philadelphia and Chester Counties.

Philadelphia HomeQuest

The Lighthouse Program provides housing, case management and life skills services to displaced adjudicated and non-adjudicated youth. The goal of the program is to assist youth with acquiring the skills necessary in order to obtain and maintain self sufficiency.

The In-Home Detention Program serves as an alternative to detention in a more restrictive setting for pre-adjudicated youth and youth awaiting disposition. We ensure youth’s accountability by providing three contacts per day in the form of visual and phone contacts.

The Reintegration Program provides case management services to youth returning to the community from residential placements.

LodgeQuest Outpatient Clinic

VisionQuest operates the LodgeQuest mental health clinic in Pennsylvania.  The LodgeQuest Outpatient Clinic serves VisionQuest’s residential programs in Pennsylvania and members of the community. All services are provided under the direction of a Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.  This program offers the following services:  individual, group, and family therapy, psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychological services, and medication management.

Visit LodgeQuest’s website for additional information or to make a referral!

New Directions Shelter

New Directions Shelter provides protective care and around-the-clock supervision to teens awaiting adjudication by a court or in the midst of a family crisis.  Youth participate in daily group sessions that address topics including academic problems, anger management, drugs and alcohol, cultural diversity, and life skills.  They also participate in a variety of on-site athletic and recreational activities.  Registered nurses are available around the clock, and a physician is always on call. Separate locations serve boys and girls.

Monroe County HomeQuest

HomeQuest is an intensive, highly supervised, non-residential program designed to treat at-risk youth while they continue to live at home.  The services are designed to prevent out-of-home placement, reduce the time in out-of-home placement, and enhance family functioning by improving the safety and well-being of children living in the home.  A Centering Performance Plan is developed with the youth, parent and VisionQuest staff which incorporates the YRS Case Plan.  Services provided include: weekly face-to-face contact, intensive monitoring of school progress and attendance, assistance in job placement, crisis intervention 24/7 by phone, linkage to other agencies and community-based treatment services, voluntary parent support group meetings, drug screening, electronic monitoring, prevention education, and incentives to acknowledge positive performance.