OUR WORK LEADS US TO: Collaborate with others working in similar areas or with the same methods; Disseminate our work to the professional and general community; Seek opportunities to apply our practice in new areas; Be flexible and responsive to new research findings and the applications to natural settings; Evaluate our effectiveness, cost effectiveness and consumer satisfaction; and Attract creative, highly competent associates.
MISSION + VISION
Hempfield Behavioral Health, Inc. (HBH) is an innovative, family-based, small business that delivers sustainable psychological and behavioral health services in the community. We ascribe to the codes of ethics of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The welfare of our clients is our primary concern.
HBH IS COMMITTED TO:
Helping people change in ways that can lead to greater personal happiness, competence and satisfaction. HBH applies effective, research-supported treatments in natural settings. We partner with our clients, their families and communities to analyze problems, design and implement change strategies, and develop mechanisms that encourage continued growth after our involvement.
Hempfield Behavioral Health began in central Pennsylvania in 1988, growing out of consulting and training activities with the publicly funded MH/MR and Child Welfare systems. In 1992, HBH was invited to open an office within the Medical Practice of Hempfield Family Practice, Ltd., and Dr. Rosen was appointed to the Allied Health Professional Staff of St. Joseph Hospital with Clinical Psychology privileges in the Department of Psychiatry.
HBH expanded its practice to include forensic work for Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth (DCSSC&Y) and in 1994 began participation in expanded Medical Assistance Services for children. In 1995 HBH began collaboration with national organizations including Homebuilders, Inc. and The National Network of Intensive Family Preservation Services. HBH hosted its first statewide conference with the co-sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Juvenile Court Judges’ Committee, and Dauphin County Human Services.
HBH expanded to Snyder and Union Counties in the spring of 1995 to provide Family Preservation Services (FPP). HBH began to focus on prevention services and in 1997 was funded by the Children’s Trust Fund Grant to work with first-time mothers at risk in a prenatal child abuse prevention program, Healthy Families Union County. In 1998 the PEACE Project, a program focused on sexual abuse prevention and education joined HBH through a contract with Adams County Children and Youth. The PEACE Project organized the second national conference on child welfare issues including a one-day pre-conference institute by the National Family Preservation Network.
HBH collaborated with the Pennsylvania State University Prevention Center to bring PATHS (a Blueprint for Violence Prevention Model) to the Harrisburg City Schools and initiate a 4-year PATHS clinical replication in the fall of 1998. HBH partnered with Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth in an after-school delinquency prevention program for at risk 4th graders. The TEN Program expanded in 1999 to 3 elementary schools and by school year 2001-02 was serving 200 at risk youth in five school sites. HBH developed an after-school delinquency prevention program based on the same empirical prevention strategies for at risk students of Latino migrant workers in Adams County. Generacion Diez was named one of only eight Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth, and Families model delinquency prevention programs.
In 2000, HBH received a grant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency to develop Healthy Families Dauphin County and a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund to expand Generacion Diez to non-migrant students at risk of delinquency. HBH opened an office in Harrisburg in 2000 and moved to larger office space in Middleburg. HBH collaborated with Bermudian Springs and Upper Adams School Districts in grants through the DOE Safe Schools grant program and focused programs on reducing and preventing school violence. In the spring of 2000 HBH attracted funding from the Gettysburg Borough and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide after school programming, education mentoring, and PATHS. In the fall of 2000, HBH purchased an office property in uptown Harrisburg to serve as headquarters. On January 1, 2001 HBH filed with the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau as an S-Corporation.
In January 2001, HBH and Widener Law School were awarded a PCCD grant to teach family mediation skills to 2nd and 3rd year law students at the civil law clinic as part of a strategy to reduce truancy among elementary and middle school youth referred to the local District Justice. In the summer of 2001, HBH applied for licensure as a foster care agency and began replicating the Social Learning Theory Based Treatment Foster Care Program of the U.S. Department of Justice Blueprints. HBH also obtained a license for adoption services and began pre and post adoptive family support services. HBH was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center, one of five awards in PA and 308 nationally. In the fall of 2001, HBH was awarded a Safe Schools grant with Bermudian Springs School District for a system-wide PATHS Program. HBH also received one of twelve statewide grants to implement a nurse-family partnership program for 125 low-income first-time mothers. HBH became a formal internship site for the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine. Late in the fall, HBH purchased an office property in historic Gettysburg to serve as hub for Adams County activities.
In the spring of 2002, HBH and Professor Mark Greenberg (PSU) co-sponsored the 1st International PATHS Interactive Conference in Harrisburg, PA. As summer 2002 approached, HBH was awarded a 4-year grant for Multisystemic Therapy, the third Blueprint for violence prevention that HBH operates. During the summer of 2002, HBH became the first and only Medical Assistance program provider to incorporate the “best practice” neuropsychological methods of the PATHS Program in home and community-based mental health services. In 2003 HBH partnered with Dauphin County, PA CASSP, and the PSU Prevention Center to write and field test PATHS lessons for use in community-based behavioral health programs for children. HBH became licensed to conduct child and family profiles for adoption and began participation in the SWAN Program. In the summer of 2003, HBH was awarded a 3-year, PA 21st CCLC grant in collaboration with the Harrisburg School District to expand TEN after school services to 180 additional elementary students. In the fall of 2003, HBH co-sponsored a Prevention Science Conference together with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the PSU Prevention Center. In our Snyder County office, HBH initiated a Parents Anonymous group and offers continuing professional support.
In 2004, HBH added an after school program for at-risk, middle school students in the Harrisburg School District funded by Dauphin County. The after school program in Adams County added a component addressing abstinence for Latino youth with funds from PALO, a Latino organization that was awarded a competitive federal grant.
In 2005 we expanded our MST services into Elizabethtown (Lancaster County) through a 4-year PCCD grant in collaboration with the E-Town Community and Economic Development Corporation and the local District Justice Office. We also expanded Nurse-Family Partnership to Carlisle (Cumberland County) through a grant from the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation. This project was the first PA initiative to be funded solely through non-governmental funding.
Hempfield’s collaboration with PSU’s Center for Families in Diverse Context lead to funding in 2006 from the Wallace Foundation to examine the potential of migrating the Good Behavior Game from the classroom to the after school setting. When this pilot project showed settings level effects of youth behavior as well as collective efficacy, the National Institute of Drug Abuse funded PSU for a larger, three-year clinical trial of GBG in afterschool with HBH responsible for the implementation component.
In 2007 Hempfield was invited to establish NFP in Franklin County. HBH was also awarded that year, a Pennsylvania Department of Education grant in collaboration with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to teach and coach all preschool teachers in the PATHS Curriculum. A four-year grant to teach and coach all the elementary grade teachers in Treddyfrin-Easttown School District through the PCCD meant that HBH spent considerable time in Chester County in the latter half of the decade. In 2007 the HBH MST Team was competitively selected for the SAMSHA Fidelity Award, and were the only MST team nationally selected.
2008 saw HBH again collaborating with the Prevention Research Center of PSU on a four year PATHS project funded by the PA Department of Health. This project was a long-term study focused on preventing criminal development of high-risk youth. The study looked at the behavioral and neuro-developmental impact of the PATHS Curriculum in a randomized trial. The role of HBH was development and delivery of PATHS-based parenting education. HBH collaborated with Elwyn, Inc. of Philadelphia funded through a PEW Foundation grant to teach and coach HeadStart staff in North-East Philadelphia the PATHS Preschool Program. Also in 2008, two of our dedicated MST therapists received national recognition for fidelity to the model.
In 2009 our award-winning MST therapists were honored by national MST for repeating their accomplishments.
HBH saw a significant milestone achieved in 2010 when the MST Project Director co-authored a chapter on MST with our consultant. 2010 also marked the 5th Annual PATHS conference co-sponsored with the PSU Prevention Center.
In 2011, our MST program was featured in the sentencing project’s (Washington, DC) documentary, “unlocking justice” as part of their 25thanniversary celebration.
2012 was a year of major growth and activity. In May we hosted our 6th Annual International PATHS conference with our long-term colleague Mark Greenberg from PSU. Two other collaborations occurred. We served as training and technical assistant consultants for the PAXIS institute to a national cohort of 20+ implementation sites of Good Behavior Game (GBG) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. We also collaborated with Communities-in-Schools of PA in implementation of the Incredible Years Series (an evidence-based program for young children with conduct problems and their parents) in Dauphin and Adams Counties. HBH was successful in getting IYS approved as a Medical Assistance funded program, the first organization in PA to do so. This effort provides sustainable funds for the new service. In our Snyder County office, we applied and were awarded a Communities-That-Care grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. That planning grant led to receipt of a grant for Aggression Replacement Training (Goldstein) which is group therapy for aggressive adolescents which in the lifetime of the grant added an ART Train-the-Trainer to our HBH staff.
2013 saw us returning to our roots as we were invited to manage an innovative adult day program for individuals with disabilities that operates on a working farm. Hope Springs Farm was licensed and operation for 40 individuals began on July 1. We also entered the residential services sector with a group home in Hershey for two young women. We expanded Aggression Replacement Training into Dauphin County on a grant awarded from the PA Commission on Crime and delinquency. We were then awarded a grant to implement the PAX Good Behavior Game, which we delivered in the Shikellamy School District in three of their elementary schools and three Pre-K Counts programs through the CSIU.
A milestone was reached in 2014 when we created the position of Development Officer. This position marks our first serious attempt at marketing and disseminating. This year we started our presence on social media, having a new page for Hempfield. Plans to add one additional working farms for individuals with disabilities rapidly moved forward in Cumberland county with a property being purchased in Newville, PA. We received grant funding from PCCD to implement the Incredible Years Programming (IYS) in Adams County.
Construction for the farm and licencing as an adult day program was completed in early 2015. Red Tomato Farm & Inn opened on May 11, 2015 and continues to take referrals for the day program. In our Snyder County office, we applied and were awarded a Communities-That-Care grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency which started in January 2015. In 2015, we continued to implement the CTC Grant, which created the Shikellamy Youth Pride CTC Coalition. In September 2015, a successful town hall meeting was held for the CTC grant which brought community members around the table to join our CTC initiative. HBH was successful in getting Aggression Replacement Training (ART) approved as a Medical Assistance funded program. This effort provides sustainable funds for this service.
In 2016 we continued to make positive changes for youth through grant funding as we successfully applied for and received a continuation grant for the Shikellamy CTC through funding from PCCD. For a completely new idea, we teamed up with the Penn State Cooperative Extension to offer the PROSPER Program in the Shikellamy School District. The concept of adding PROSPER to a functioning CTC is fairly new and we were proud to be part of this experimental initiative. This year we also explored the opportunity to bring Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) to the Midd West School District and we were awarded a two-year grant from PCCD that started in July 2016. During the first year of the grant we trained all of the kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers in the PATHS program and provided weekly coaching during that school year. Their implementation was of very high quality. In mid-2016 Red Tomato Farm & Inn opened it's bed and breakfast to the public and started offering a Respite Program. Shortly after that, we started to offer a Pre-Vocational Program in addition to the Day Program. The Pre-Vocational Program focuses on housekeeping, hospitality, retail sales and event planning, utilizing the Inn. The farm added new initiatives to their daily programming including the Guest Chef Program which brings community members to the farm to share their favorite recipe in our kitchen offering participants the opportunity to serve as sous-chefs and taste testers. We have teamed up with a yoga instructor to offer chair yoga classes monthly at the farm with our participants. During the summer, we enjoyed our first annual Backyard Bash at the farm, featuring a live band and a fall festival featuring artisan vendors and a blue grass jam. HBH received an updated look in 2016 with a new logo and tag line: Innovation, Community, Experience and updated website. Additionally, we added a second Facebook Page focused on the community aspect of our Inn.
We continued our work with the Shikellamy CTC in 2017 as the coalition continued to work through the five phases of the model by completing the Risk and Protective Factor Report and Resource Assessment Report and started their training for the Community Strategic Plan. In year two of the PATHS Grant, teachers in grades 3-5 received their training for the PATHS program and received weekly coaching during the school year. In November 2017, Midd West School District was evaluated by a PATHS Master Trainer and Program Consultant for the PATHS Plus Program and received a recommended as a PATHS Model School for their exemplary implementation. Red Tomato Farm & Inn continued to see new initiatives added to their daily programming including the Arts Live Program which is a creative collaboration between Hempfield Behavioral Health and local artists hosted at Red Tomato Farm & Inn from March-October. We also partnered with Carlisle Area School District to have a student art show, which served as the first of many art shows to come at our Inn.
As we near the end of our very successful PATHS Grant, in 2018, we are excited to send several representatives from Midd West School District and an Hempfield representative to the International PATHS Conference in Chicago to present at several break-out sessions, offer insight on a round table discussion on the implementation of the PATHS Program and discuss best practices with other members of the PATHS Community. Approaching the end of the CTC grant, the mobilizer has successfully secured a home for the Coalition post-grant with the local United Way who will provide oversight in the CTC model and continue to foster a high-functioning Coalition in the Shikellamy Community. In March, we launched a new Community Participation Supports Program (CPS) called Hempfield Hubs which is 100% in the community in the Harrisburg area, Newville/Carlisle, Selinsgrove, Lewisburg and Sunbury and are currently accepting new referrals for this program. In July PCCD awarded us with a two-year grant for Aggression Replacement Training. We will implement the program in Steelton-Highspire and Mount Carmel Area School Districts for their middle school students. In September we held our first fundraiser at Red Tomato Farm & Inn, a Chili Cook-Off to benefit Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). We raised $1000 and our RTF farm participants presented a check to CALC. In October, we re-branded our Red Tomato Farm tag line to: Home Grown, Community Minded. In December, we launched our second fundraiser to benefit the Newville Fire Co. called Christmas Trees with a Cause. We partnered with a local tree farm to take orders for fresh trees to be picked up at the farm. We donated $500 to the fire company.
In early 2019, we were awarded a grant from The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder for the implementation of Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) for Midd-West School District. The grant will provide training and technical assistance, as well as curriculum materials, for the LifeSkills Training program for a period of
three years, beginning in Fall 2019.
Over the next few years, HBH will continue to increase the availability of our services. We will continue to apply effective methods in innovative ways. We will work in both the public and private sectors to offer flexible, responsive services delivered in natural settings. We will continue to attract associates who share our beliefs and have a passion to satisfy our clients by providing effective, competently designed and delivered services.