A.R.C.’s Residential Services are the hallmark of the agency’s continuum of service.  These staff-secure residential programs have provided rehabilitative services to juveniles whom the courts have either considered for secure care or residential placement.  The programs are highly structured, peer oriented, and located in a community setting.  Programs provide Individual Service Plans (ISP) to each student in addition to providing individual and group counseling, individual and group education, recreation and group living skills.  A.R.C. has been a pioneer in providing staff-secure programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and this model has been replicated throughout the State.

The A.R.C. Residential Program at Woodlawn was our first program opened providing residential services to juvenile offenders and continues to provide this service today.  The Transitional Living Component which develops a workable plan geared to fostering independence.  Counseling staff provide job readiness training which includes: workforce preparation skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, life management skills, decision making skills and customer service skills.  These skills include employment interview techniques, how to write a resume, dress for success, job readiness kills, budgeting/banking skills and the opportunity for feedback and advice from his peers and counselor.  This TL component is available at all our residential sites.

The A.R.C. Residential Program at Susquehanna Trail provides additional components to address the special needs inherent within Latino cultural backgrounds while providing environmental, emotional, sociological and psychological learning styles that meet their needs.  This includes language barriers in either the student or the family members.

The A.R.C. Residential Program located in Carlisle, is known as Gloria J. Zimmerman Memorial and was developed to serve female juvenile offenders.  This program includes all the regular residential components tailored to meet requirements of female youth.  Yoga and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group are two components which have been tailored for these youth as well as Girls Circle.

A.R.C. Residential Programs offer multiple components and one of which has an emphasis on drug and alcohol issues.  Each student participates in daily drug and alcohol education and counseling.  The program includes: an ISP developed in conjunction with juvenile probation and the family; 12-step D & A meetings at A.R.C. and in the community; Cognitive-Behavioral and Evidenced-Based Curriculum’s on Addictive Thinking; Curriculum’s on Relapse Prevention; The A.R.C. Boys to Men Curriculum; Celebrating Sobriety Group; Pre-Release Service Plan; and Discharge Service Plan.

Specialized Residential Service Line

Our long history of working with juveniles in conjunction with statistics and research we have completed while providing care, demonstrated that many youth being referred to our agency had special needs requiring additional care.  Classified as Group Homes, these programs represent out of home placements for court adjudicated youth with special issues.  They are: court adjudicated adolescents with sexual behavior problems and court adjudicated youth-mental health issues.    We are not an RTF or medical facility and do not provide medical care as part of our service; these services are provided by community health centers or independent contractors who are paid by medical assistance for their services.

The A.R.C. Residential Program at Canal Road focuses on Youth with Mental Health Issues and the Residential Program at Mulberry focuses on Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems.  These programs were developed to provide specialized care and assistance that is required for youth experiencing these problems.  The program structure duplicates every aspect of our residential program with the inclusion of specialized counseling techniques required for sexual related problems, such as Pathways model, and mental health issues.  Lastly, extended psychological/psychiatric services are provided at these facilities to lend support to both staff and students in dealing with the unique aspects involved with these students.

Shelter Care Service

The A.R.C. Schaffner Shelter Care Program was developed to provide services for short-term, shelter care to any County in Pennsylvania for dependent, pre-adjudicated and delinquent males and females ages 11 to 18 with a maximum of 24 beds.  We provide emergency care and short-term services in an open environment in accordance with the statutes and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Closely supervised setting fosters the physical, intellectual, social and emotional support of the residents.  It is designed to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect at the hands of others and from harming themselves.

Neighborhood Reporting Centers

The A.R.C. Dauphin County Neighborhood Reporting Centers will serve adolescent males between the ages of 15-18 who will be released from the Schaffner Youth Center in order to participate in this program.  These students will be from Dauphin County and A.R.C. will provide 90 to 120 days of treatment.  The goal of this program is to keep youth in their homes, under constant supervision, so they can be brought to court without having to be placed in a secure detention facility.  All aspects of this program will strive to accomplish the goals of Balanced and Restorative Justice: community protection, accountability and competency development by juvenile offenders.

Our Neighborhood Reporting Centers have been fortunate to provide summer work experience for the students.  The skills learned vary and have included horticultural, agricultural, landscaping and painting skills.  The students are paid and their income is used to pay fines, make restitution and purchase clothing to be worn at school.

The Neighborhood Reporting Centers operate from 3:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Monday through Friday and 10:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. on Saturday.  The Center’s program will include transportation, education, individual and group counseling, family counseling, recreation, dinner, community service and field trips.

Diagnostic Service

All students placed at A.R.C. are afforded diagnostic services by our Director of Treatment, a licensed psychologist as well as a certified school psychologist.  In addition, a complex psychiatric evaluation is completed by a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist providing services to our youth since 1995.  The student’s progress is monitored by staff and monthly visits are scheduled with the psychiatrist to review concerns from staff and regulate medication.  In addition to the Child Psychiatrist and Director of Treatment, A.R.C.’s School Psychologist regularly visits the programs and meets individually with the students in addition to facilitating groups such as A.R.T.