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.
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Hempfield Behavioral Health offers the following Forensic Services:
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Located 100% in the community, Hempfield Hubs strives to reduce hunger in the community, promote alternative transportation, support the arts community, and encourage sustainable practice (reduce, reuse, recycle, & re-purpose). Addressing these causes creates an avenue for adults with disabilities to engage in meaningful and inclusive community activities, develop & sustain valued social roles, increase independence, and increase potential for employment. Hempfield Hubs facilitates meaningful participation and valued roles, giving participants a sense of purpose and responsibility within their community.
PAX teaches students self-regulation, self-control, and self-management while collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health & happiness. PAX is not a classroom management program per se or about consequences and control, yet it does make classrooms joyful again for learning. PAX combines the science from PeaceBuilders®, Good Behavior Game (GBG) & other studies. PAX nurtures self-regulation in peer-contexts in order to improve attention and reduce impulsivity, thus wiring the brain during any school activity for long-term gain.
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are following the recommendations of Governor Wolf and now that we are in the green phase we will be OPENING our Day and Prevocational Programs at Red Tomato Farm on June 22, 2020 with updated policies in place. At this time the Hempfield HUBS in Harrisburg will remain closed until further notice. As soon as it is safe to resume the Hempfield HUBS program, we will let all of our participants know immediately.
Starting July 6, 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.
Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior. The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17. The program consists of 10 weeks (30 sessions) of intervention training, and is divided into three components—social skills training, anger-control training, and training in moral reasoning. Incremental learning, reinforcement techniques, and guided group discussions enhance skill acquisition and reinforce the lessons in the curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. The curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multi-year, universal prevention model. The curriculum provides teachers with systematic, developmentally-based lessons, materials, and instructions for teaching their students emotional literacy, self-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills.
Communities That Care (CTC) is an "operating system" that takes communities through a well-defined and structured process to prevent adolescent problem behaviors and promote positive youth development. CTC communities form a broad-based coalition and then collect local data on risk and protective factors shown by research to be associated with delinquency, violence, substance use, and school failure and dropout. After collecting this data the communities identifies 3-5 specific risk and protective factors to focus on, and then seeks evidence-based programs and strategies to address those priorities. After 2-3 years of implementing these strategies, the community re-assesses their risk and protective factors to measure impact and identify new emerging priorities.
The aim of Red Tomato Farm & Inn is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities meaningful work rooted in farm tasks that create opportunities to interact with the general public and community. With day and pre-vocational programming, we are able to serve a wide population of participants. Our 5-acre parcel of farm land, includes a program building with kitchen and woodworking area, barn and pastures, a greenhouse and raised garden beds and a farm house, which serves as our bed and breakfast and is open to the public. Participants interact with our farm animals, work in our gardens, participate in grounds maintenance, cook in our kitchen and complete various woodworking projects daily on our farm.