Ashler Manor

Ashler Manor is situated on 33 acres in the heart of north central Pennsylvania. Our Virtual Tour provides an inside look at our campus and facilities. The facility also provides an ideal setting for residents to take advantage of the many community resources that are available to meet their social, recreational, and educational needs. The program site location is accessible to transportation, community amenities, and cultural opportunities.

Community Based Home Services

Residents accepted for group home services are provided with safety, support and supervision. A comprehensive assessment will be completed during the first 30 days of placement to include a Health and Safety Assessment, Behavioral Support and Safety Plan, psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial evaluation, educational assessment, a drug and alcohol screening, a group socialization study, and complete medical/dental evaluations.

Outcome Focused Group Home Level 1 services include weekly Individual counseling, weekly Anger Management Group counseling, family counseling, education offered through the Muncy School district, Case Management, daily living skills, recreation, Medical and Dental Care, medication monitoring, family involvement efforts, community outreach exposure, safety assessments, and Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Services if required.

Residents that are receiving Outcome Focused Group Home Level 1 services may also have a need for services specifically focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and abuse/sexual abuse or pregnancy/parenting education. Case coordination and service delivery will include targeted individual and group therapy, community outreach and Individualized Life Skills Planning as applicable.

Ashler Manor Dormitory Outcome Focused Group Home Level 2

Residents that present with multiple service needs in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and abuse/sexual abuse or pregnancy/parenting education will receive services as a Level 2 designation. A recommendation for Level 2 services will be made by the 30th day of placement, following the completion of a comprehensive assessment.

Ashler Manor Dormitory Emergency Shelter Care Services

Families United Network provides services for residents who are in need of temporary placement, typically under 30 days. A Basic Assessment is completed by a Residential Therapist within 3 business days for service planning and/or referral for services. An Emergency Placement Plan (EPP) is developed to outline service needs and exit planning. Residents will receive the following services on a short-term basis: safety, support and supervision, on grounds schooling, Case Management, Emergency Placement Plans and Updates, daily living skills, recreation, Medical and Dental Care, and discharge planning.

Shelter care residents do not receive enhanced services offered through group home programming as the program is designed only to provide a safe environment and does not include evaluations, extended transportation, or individual or family counseling.

Ashler Manor Life Readiness Program Outcome Focused Group Home Level 1

The Life Readiness program serves youth ages 15-20, offering an opportunity to develop confidence, dignity, and the skills to function independently. Experiential living skills are used on a daily basis to strengthen existing skills and develop new skills. Areas of focus include money management and consumer awareness, food management, personal appearance, health issues, housekeeping, transportation planning, educational and career planning, job seeking skills, job maintenance skills, emergency and safety skills, knowledge of community resources, interpersonal skills, legal skills, leisure activities, housing arrangements, and spirituality.

Residents generally must demonstrate a certain level of social maturity and motivation; must be eligible for enrollment in an educational program, including the public school system, alternative education, higher education or GED preparation classes; and have consistently utilized appropriate social skills and coping mechanisms to maintain appropriate interaction with their peers, staff and the community. Residents are expected to maintain gainful employment or to volunteer in the community while in the program. Residents are also responsible to complete life skills assessments, career/vocational interest inventories, life skills curricula, and demonstrate hands-on skill development.

A phase (level) system, including stipends for phase advancement, curricula completion, and skill evaluation is utilized. The resident will prepare for discharge by seeking employment, housing, and community support services in their chosen community following discharge.

Residents that are receiving Outcome Focused Group Home Level 1 services in the Life Readiness Program may also have a need for services specifically focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and abuse/sexual abuse or pregnancy/parenting education. Case coordination and service delivery will include targeted individual and group therapy, community outreach and an Individualized Life Skills Planning as applicable.

Ashler Manor Life Readiness Program Outcome Focused Group Home Level 2

Residents that present with multiple service needs in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and abuse/sexual abuse or pregnancy/parenting education will receive services as a Level 2 designation. A recommendation for Level 2 services will be made by the 30th day of placement, following the completion of a comprehensive assessment.

Ashler Manor Transitional Living Program Outcome Focused Group Home

The Transitional Living Program serves youth ages 17-21, offering an opportunity to develop the personal, vocational, and tangible resources necessary to begin independent young adulthood. Clients practice established independent living skills on a daily basis to participate in a variety of activities. Support is provided pursuant to client need in order to maximize client ability to build competency and function successfully within the various systems that exist in society. Primary areas of emphasis include employment, education, and personal development via participation in enrichment and/or support service activities. Residents that demonstrate a need to participate in a support service (as a means of mitigating/ameliorating risk evidenced in behavior) will be expected to connect with support services on their own – as they will have to do in their independent young adulthood. Program staff/admin provide guidance as requested by the resident.

Eligibility for placement is commensurate with client ability to function in the program milieu with minimal need for external supervision and behavioral management. Residents must also demonstrate motivation and ability to utilize available and appropriate support resources if/when they experience or perceive an increase in personal risk factors. Lastly, residents must be eligible for enrollment in an educational program, including the public school system, alternative education, higher education or GED preparation classes; and have consistently utilized appropriate social skills and coping mechanisms to maintain appropriate interaction with their peers, staff, and the community.

Pursuant to DHS regulations, clients must also have completed a training program and demonstrated competency in the areas of; health, general safety, and fire safety practices, money management, and transportation skills in order to be eligible for placement.

Residents are required to seek, secure, and maintain gainful employment while in the program. Residents are also required to pay rent (15% of take home pay). In addition, clients are responsible for the cost of personal items such as food, clothing, etc. It should be noted that “personal items” refers to that which is desired but not needed. Families United Network will, as part of the per diem, provide clothing allowances as well as grocery-specific debit cards, prepaid, to clients for purchasing needed food items to ensure they can meet their nutritional and dietary needs on an ongoing basis without relying on monies accrued through employment. Residents who are unable to secure employment will be required to complete 12 hours of community service on campus each month in order to fulfill their obligation to pay rent. The number of hours owed in community service was calculated according to the stipulations associated with a board extension. (12 hours = 15% of 80 hours per month.)

Residents are expected to open a savings account and demonstrate competency with regard to their money management, banking, saving, and so forth.

Residents will prepare for discharge by seeking employment, establishing housing, and identifying community support resources in the community where they have chosen to live post-placement.

Ashler Manor operates within a Reality Therapy/Choice Theory theoretical orientation. Our system of services empower residents to identify appropriate actions to satisfy one or more of their basic psychological needs. Residents acquire the tools to understand natural consequences for their behavior and choices, learn more effective and responsible methods for meeting their needs, and develop their ability to work within systems to achieve their personal goals.