Our residential program was established to assist both youth and their families with eradicating barriers to reunification while offering our residents a safe, healthy home-like setting where they can work with staff members to develop positive peer and adult relationships, receive academic, behavioral and emotional support and become adequately equipped for adulthood.
Licensed by the State of Pennsylvania in July 2016, our 24,000 sq. ft. residential treatment facility is Title IV-E approved and nestled away in the downtown business district of Chester, Pa. Equipped with sleeping dormitories, a full service kitchen, classrooms, gymnasium, hair salon, theatre and lecture hall, we provide a safe, nurturing, inclusive, environment in which all residents can thrive and feel at home.
The Chambers Foundation uses The Sanctuary Model for Trauma Informed Care as the framework for our organizational philosophy. With our ultimate goal in our residential program being family reunification, our programmatic approach is built upon the Strengthening Families model; a research-informed program practice established by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, that seeks to increase family strengths, enhance youth development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
Our program also offers intensive case management and ISP development to ensure that we are meeting the individualized needs of our resident population. The ISP highlights the individual treatment goals for our youth and the shared goals for the family. Once created the ISP serves as a roadmap to reunification or for the purpose of preparing our youth for successful transition to independent living when reunification is not a feasible option.
In addition to our core therapeutic services, we also offer supplementary age and culturally relevant services to assist our residents with future planning, socialization and technical skill development. These services currently include workforce and leadership development and pro-social and recreational opportunities.
Residents entering our program must be adjudicated delinquent and/or dependent as defined by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. General enrollment criteria suggests that youth possess a full scale IQ of 70 or above and a minimum of 2nd grade reading level. We employ this approach to ensure that youth are able to fully participate in treatment, without severe physical and mental restrictions. However, understanding the impact that trauma has on the cognitive and behavioral development of young people, we assess qualifications for general enrollment on a case-by-case basis.