Life-changing. That’s how Claudia describes her stay at Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center. “Without Sarah Reed, I don’t think I would be where I am today. Sarah Reed gives people chances to shine and do their best. It’s a life-changing experience. Each of us takes so much out of Sarah Reed: coping skills, life skills, social skills … just about everything.”
Claudia is one of the 52 children, ages 5-18, who currently resides at Sarah Reed’s Residential Treatment Program in Millcreek Township. This program provides round-the-clock medical, behavioral and educational support to children with mental health and behavioral health challenges. Sadly, 90 percent of the children in this program have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, which oftentimes is the source of their mental and behavioral issues. Sarah Reed’s Residential Program serves children from 43 counties across Pennsylvania, including: Erie, Crawford, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Dauphin and Philadelphia.
“It takes a highly trained staff to work with traumatized children, and Sarah Reed is one of the few agencies in the region that is certified in the highly effective Sanctuary® Model,” explains Center President and CEO James Mando. “This evidence-based treatment plan creates a safe, therapeutic environment where staff members focus on the severe
effects of trauma, asking the question ‘what’s happened to this child?’ rather than ‘what’s wrong with this child?’ “
This high standard of care sets Sarah Reed apart. The Center’s team of psychiatrists, psychologists, medical staff, instructors and behavioral staff are trained in trauma-informed care. They also utilize the latest cutting-edge therapies to help children heal, strengthen their families and teach them the necessary skills to succeed at home, in school and in the community.
Read more in the August 2018 edition of the Business Magazine!