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Covid-19 Update: Starting July 6, 2020, we will resume in-person services for: Multisystemic Therapy, The Incredible Years, Psychological Evaluations, Supervised Visitation, Family Check-Up and Two Families Now with the option to continue operating via telehealth per families' preferences where applicable. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 717-221-8004.
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests.
Supervised visitation is when the noncustodial parent can visit with the child only when supervised by another adult. It is used to keep the child safe and support the parent/child relationship at the same time. If supervised visitation is necessary, the court will order it and it will be a part of the parenting plan. A special type of visitation is a Supervised Therapeutic Visit. In these visits, the parent has developed goals and receives coaching and feedback during and after the visit to help them reach their parenting goals. Hempfield supervised visitation and supervised therapeutic visitation can be provided on-site or in the community.
The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.
First-time pregnant women living in the Harrisburg area are offered the opportunity to have their own bilingual, bicultural social worker with specialized training in prenatal and early childhood education. Healthy Families Dauphin County is both free and voluntary. Home Visitors assist a pregnant woman and her family with many issues that may include: providing the mother with information that will lead to a successful pregnancy and delivery, helping the mother find necessary resources and teaching about the care, development, health and safety of infants and toddlers, teaching the mother to engage in activities that help her baby grow and develop, and performing ongoing screenings that can let everyone know if there are matters that needs special attention or referrals.
The Family Check-Up is a strengths-based intervention that reduces children’s problem behaviors by improving parenting and family management practices. The Family Check-Up provides parents with the tools that they need to manage their children’s behaviors effectively and to build a strong and positive relationship with their children. Any family (biological, foster, or kinship) raising a child/children that have been impacted from caregiver drug use can be eligible. Referrals accepted from agencies or families in Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Divorce is a difficult process. It can be especially hard for children. Investing in a co-parenting curriculum can strengthen and develop better communication channels, normalize emotions, and keep focused on the goal of maintaining a relationship with a co-parent that will foster a nurturing, and healthy environment for children. This class will help to shift the focus from personal to family; keeping kids safe and strong.