WXVU MAINLINE NEWS MINUTE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13
Written by Gabriella Raful on November 15, 2023
By: Gabriella Raful
For young people with serious behavioral health challenges, a new report says Pennsylvania’s congregate-care settings may be the best option. The report authors surveyed 20 providers of congregate care, in facilities that can house about a dozen kids to almost 300. Co-author Jaclyn Kreshock – with the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services – says there’s a growing movement to transition youth to more community-based and home-like settings. But feedback from the survey shows many young people still require the more comprehensive help that congregate care can offer.
:15 “One of the key findings is that all of the services that the youth can access are located within that congregate care setting. And if it’s not within that congregate care setting, the staff in that setting set services up with outside providers. “
Tag: Kreshock points out that these settings can be a comprehensive treatment option for young people when less restrictive services either aren’t available or have already been tried. The report says for kids with complex needs, this may be the only level of care at which they can thrive.