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 fpr 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 stainable 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.
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 in both school districts in Snyder County as well as the local Head Start agency. This marked the first county-wide implementation of the Good Behavior Game in PA. 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. Plans to add two additional working farms for individuals with disabilities are rapidly moving forward this year in Snyder and Cumberland counties. 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.