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.
VQ Academy Programs – Boys
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.
VQ Academy at Franklin
The VQ Academy at Franklin is a 59 bed program for adolescent males who have committed chronic offenses with a history of multiple placements. The program provides youth with a highly disciplined and structured milieu that allows them the opportunity to achieve their goals in a safe and secure environment. Behavioral, education, social, and life skills goals are developed to foster transferable skills sets. Programming is designed to provide the opportunity to learn, develop, and practice skill sets.
VQ Academy at Franklin is certified in the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care. This approach coupled with VisionQuest’s unique experience based methods and its commitment to using evidence-based and evidence-supported services, allows youth to succeed in developing the pro-social values and skills they need for successful reintegration into their homes and communities.
Evidence-based services offered at Franklin include: Sanctuary Model, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Casey Life Skills, and StreetSmart.
VQ Academy at South Mountain
VisionQuest Academy at South Mountain is a 64 bed program for adolescent males located near the Appalachian Trail in South Central PA; a location that promotes both opportunities for outdoor activities and community involvement. South Mountain features two components:
- High Impact Prevention Program (HIPP): short term (30 – 90 days)
- Academy Program: longer term (3 – 12 months)
Both offer a disciplined and highly structured milieu and provide a safe and secure environment that allows youth the opportunity to achieve their goals.
Programming is designed to help youth identify the reasons they were removed from their homes and community and assist them in developing new strategies to prevent further involvement with the juvenile justice or dependency systems. Programming highlights include a 6 day school week; a Sunday enrichment program; and a strong BARJ component focusing on victim empathy and community projects.
Evidence-based services offered at South Mountain include: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Sanctuary Model, Cognitive Behavior Self Counseling Skills, Casey Life Skills, and Keepin’ it REAL D&A Prevention.
Madalyn Program – Girls
The Madalyn Program at Breezewood located in Warfordsburg, PA is a 32 bed facility that offers a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere for girls who are unable to remain in their own homes or other community placements. Girls learn life, relationship, and educational skills to ensure successful reentry into their homes and 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. A gender-specific focus is represented in all services and activities offered.
Evidence-based services offered at Breezewood include: Sanctuary Model, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Self Counseling Skills, Casey Life Skills, and StreetSmart.
Lee Prep Programs – Young Adults
Lee Prep Meadville
The Lee Preparatory Academy located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, offers a 32 bed program for young men. Lee Prep Meadville is a program specifically designed for older males that have been difficult to place. These young adults are given the opportunity to complete their education goals and overcome obstacles to prepare for successful adult living.
The Lee Prep Meadville program offers age-specific programming including: entrepreneurial business development, vocational skills development, Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ), educational services, drug and alcohol counseling, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
PLL (www.gopll.com) is a re-entry program that works with youth and their family to holistically restore families as safely and efficiently as possible. It combines parent group therapy, family therapy, and trauma-informed therapy into one system of care.
VisionQuest offers PLL services to youth statewide who are placed at its Family Strengthening Program facility.
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.
In the Center and LodgeQuest Outpatient Clinics
VisionQuest operates two mental health clinics in Pennsylvania. The In the Center Outpatient Clinic serves Philadelphia while the LodgeQuest Outpatient Clinic serves VisionQuest’s residential programs in Pennsylvania. All services are provided under the direction of a Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. These programs offer the following services: individual, group, and family therapy, psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychological services, and medication management.
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.