The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth
is to be committed to promoting personal growth and achievement of those
we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff
development, and the use of evidence-based practices.
CEO and President
815 Orphanage Rd
Littlestown, PA 17340 USA
Mental Health, Youth
Children's and Youth Services (P30)
Mental Health Treatment (F30)
IRS Filing Requirement
This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
Programs + Results
What we aim to solve New!
Hoffman Homes, Inc., is a private, nonprofit 501c(3) organization in PA, related to the United Church of Christ. The purpose of Hoffman Homes is to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, treatment, and education to children and their families. Hoffman Homes is committed to providing services that are cost effective and responsive to the unique needs of each child; always in close cooperation with the parents/guardians, referring agencies, managed care organizations, school systems, and funding sources.
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children
Hoffman Homes for Youth (HHY) is a nonprofit, 501c(3) psychiatric residential treatment program for children, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JTC). The purpose of HHY is to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, treatment, and education to children with severe mental health diagnoses and behavioral issues due to trauma, abuse, neglect, and loss. Hoffman Homes is committed to providing services that are responsive to the unique needs of each child, always in close cooperation with parents/guardians, referring agencies, case management organizations, school systems, and funding sources. Hoffman Homes for Youth treats the needs of boys and girls ages 6 to 17 throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The residential treatment program is licensed to provide behavioral and cognitive therapy, physical health care services, and a safe and comfortable home for up to 95 children on our campus. Children are referred to HHY by psychiatric hospitals, public agencies, case management organizations, local educational agencies, and private practitioners. The children placed at HHY are considered very "high risk”: -99% have been patients in a psychiatric hospital at least once -83% have a history of significant aggression -50% have attempted suicide at least once -45% have been sexually abused -50% have run away from home -44% have been physically abused -32% have a history of truancy -19% have a history of drug abuse -19% have a history of alcohol abuse Children admitted to Hoffman Homes for Youth are able to benefit from the wide range of therapeutic activities provided, such as talk therapy, art therapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and equine-assisted therapy. Hoffman Academy is a private academic special education school on-site. Hoffman Homes Inc. is licensed by the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) and approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and by the Department of Health. Clinical seminars are delivered regularly on-site, through McDaniel College. Employees represent HH as members of the following: Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Gettysburg/Adams County Chamber of Commerce Joseph K. Mullen Training (JKM) Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) Quality Assurance Committee, Board of Directors of CCBH Adams County Council of Community Services Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) Community Care Behavioral Health Quality Assurance Committee Social Work Advisor Council at Shippensburg University Adams County Tech Prep Consortium Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) PA Council of Children Youth Family Services (PCCYFS-PA) We are very proud of our success rate! In FY 2017, excluding those discharged for circumstances outside of Hoffman Homes control, 88% of the children discharged met their treatment goals while at Hoffman Homes for Youth and successfully returned to the community.
K-12 (5-19 years)
Creative therapies at Hoffman Homes for Youth offer alternative methods of building healthy emotional connections. Art therapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and equine-assisted therapy are found at Hoffman Homes. Traditional "talk” therapy, while vital, is not sufficient to reach the emotionally withdrawn and vulnerable children admitted to our program. Children participate in 10-week sessions of the creative therapy(ies) of their choosing. Each creative therapy is run by a therapist with specialized certifications in the particular area. Art Therapy: Helps children safely express and process emotions and feelings that they are struggling with, so they can begin their journey of recovery. Hoffman Homes' Art Therapist guides children through the creative process, helping them find insight into their creations and understand aspects of themselves and their past experiences that can encourage thoughtful conversation, self-discovery, and healing. Photography, painting, jewelry-making, and pottery-making are included in Art Therapy. Equine-Assisted Therapy: Children learn to properly care for and respond to horses, then discuss related feelings and behaviors. The repetitive movement of a horse at a walk can help to relax a child, while the quick movement of a trotting horse can energize a child with a dulled affect. The physical benefits include improved balance, coordination, and muscle tone, all of which can affect self-perception. Employing the human-animal bond in the therapeutic process is one small step in developing simple, humane, as well as environmentally and scientifically sound approaches to achieving mental health. Animal-Assisted Therapy: Gives children the opportunity to learn about and interact with a variety of animals. Each session begins with a therapeutic activity to help facilitate discussion. The session moves on to caring for the animals such as feeding and cleaning cages. The session ends in "free time" with an animal of the child's choosing. It is during this time the youth bonds with the animals. Being with the pets creates a non-judgmental "safe space" in which to talk about and process feelings with the Pet Therapist. Animals and their behavior are used as metaphors for the child's life situations. It addresses flight, fight, and freeze response and herd instinct. It addresses how humans and animals are alike and different in their response to danger and safety. The child is asked to create a safe environment for themselves and the animals. It addresses animal abuse and encourages social interaction and problem solving. Working with the animals helps these children build confidence and to redefine themselves as caring individuals. Very often, children are able to express themselves more freely and feel more relaxed with an animal than they do with human beings. Music Therapy: A variety of instruments and styles of music are used to explore and understand the child's state of mind and offer a creative outlet for feelings of pain, anxiety, anger, and aggression.
K-12 (5-19 years)
Where we workNew!
How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Number of people who received clinical mental health care
There were 127 admissions in FY17. Every child in care receives clinical mental health care.
Number of youth and families for whom the treatment and support plan is implemented as specified by the therapist
Number of youth and families for whom the treatment and support plan is implemented as specified by the therapist = 100%.
Number of youth and families for whom a cultural inventory (e.g., cultural/ethnic identity, language, values, spiritual life, family traditions, gender and sexual identity issues, other relevant preferences, etc.) is completed and used to develop the treatment and support plan
Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed
Number of treatment and support plans that include behavior support plan
Number of treatment and support plans revised within specified timeframes
Number of treatment and support plans that specify how individual and family strengths will be used and developed
Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.
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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
How will they know if they are making progress?
What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
The overarching goal at Hoffman Homes for Youth is for every child placed at Hoffman Homes to achieve their individualized treatment goals and be discharged successfully from Hoffman Homes' program.
Therapists, clinicians, and staff understand the impact of children's trauma experiences, and create individualized therapeutic treatment plans that build trust, promote self-awareness, and lifelong recovery. Hoffman Homes for Youth is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Daily operations at Hoffman Homes include the following strategies:
Hoffman Homes conducts family therapy sessions monthly
Hoffman Homes conducts individual therapy sessions weekly
Hoffman Homes conducts daily group therapy sessions with focused topics
Hoffman Homes conducts creative therapy sessions every quarter - 10 week sessions
Hoffman Homes records all psychiatric and physical health visits
Each student progresses to the next grade level at the end of the school year
Additionally, Hoffman Homes uses the evidence supported Sanctuary Model for trauma-informed care. The Sanctuary Model is an organizational and treatment intervention based on the tenets of trauma theory and an understanding of systems theory. Sanctuary addresses the ways in which trauma, adversity, and chronic stress influence individual behavior as well as the ways in which entire organizations can be influenced by trauma, adversity, and chronic stress. Sanctuary is based on a set of guiding principles as well as some specific tools that reinforce the philosophy when practiced by the employees and children on a daily basis. A trauma-informed culture has an organizing structure for thinking about how people heal and what they need in order to grow and change. The core values and guiding principles of the Sanctuary Model are honesty and integrity, safety and well-being, dignity and respect, commitment to excellence.
The residential treatment program at Hoffman Homes is licensed to provide behavioral and cognitive therapy, physical health care services, and a safe and comfortable home for children on campus.
Hoffman Homes currently employs over 200 staff, including therapists, mental health workers, medical services professionals, educational staff, management, and administrative positions.
Hoffman Homes hosts continuing education seminars on campus in conjunction with local universities and medical centers. Seminars are currently administered by McDaniel College. Hoffman Homes is a member of PA Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services (PCCYFS-PA), and has been affiliated with United Church of Christ (UCC) since inception.
The Office of Children Youth and Families (OCYF), PA Department of Health, PA Department of Human Services (DHS), Bureau of Program Integrity, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and Managed Care Organizations (MCO's), are state regulatory agencies that survey the physical campus, children's records, and staff records during regular site visits.
The rate of children successfully discharged each year will continue to be over 85%.
Creative Therapy programs provide an addition to traditional talk therapy.
Through Art therapy, Music Therapy, Pet Therapy, and Therapeutic Horsemanship, children learn responsibility, coping and relaxation techniques, group cohesiveness, and impulse control. Creative therapies help to develop confidence, increase self-esteem, and enhance communication skills, along with many other important skills. The specialized therapists who teach creative therapies report minimal to no aggressive behaviors during sessions.
Hoffman Academy is a private academic special education school for grades 1-12, with state certified special education teachers and state approved curriculum that allows students to continue their education while at Hoffman Homes for Youth. Hoffman Academy provides small class sizes, social skills education, transition planning, and differentiated instruction. Hoffman Academy offers 1:1 technology in each room, and a Makerspace Room with a 3D printer for creative projects. Staff are trained in safe crisis management.
Awards & Accreditations
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation
HOFFMAN HOMES, INC.
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Board of Directors
as of 11/20/2018
Retired from York International Corp.
President and CEO of Techport Solutions, Inc.
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Board Leadership Practices
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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION
Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?