Frequently asked questions:


Where is your program located?  

We are located on a six-acre campus in Millcreek Township, Erie, PA.  Four living units provide a total of 64 licensed beds.

What is the referral process? 

Referrals may be made by faxing clinical information including a psychiatric evaluation recommending RTF treatment, psychological evaluation, and ISPT meeting minutes to 814-835-2196 attention: Lori Hamilton.  For specific information regarding bed availability please call 814-835-7663.  Tours of the facility may also be scheduled.

What is your average length of stay?

The average length of stay in our RTF is 6 to 8 months, but this varies depending upon individual needs.

How old are the children and what is their gender?

Generally, children are between six and 18 years old. Sarah Reed provides services to both boys and girls.

Do they have contact with their families?

Yes. Sarah Reed Children's Center works closely with the child and the family through regular family therapy sessions. Families are an integral part of the treatment team and help to develop the treatment goals. The families are able to have phone contact with their child. Visitation is encouraged and creates an opportunity to work on family goals. Visitation can range from visiting at the agency, in the community, to weekends in the home depending on where the child is in his/her treatment. Sarah Reed offers hotel accommodations for families to allow for visitation of those traveling from a distance.

How are educational needs met?

The child’s educational needs are met through campus-based emotional support classes staffed with special education teachers funded by the local school district. During the school day, behavioral support staff is on campus to support the mental health needs of children and/or facilitate the transition to the community school setting.

What types of services are provided?

The following services are available and will be provided based upon the Individualized treatment plan:
  • Psychological assessment services
  • Psychiatric services and psycho-pharmacological management
  • Medication administration
  • Individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy
  • Comprehensive diagnostic services
  • Case management
  • Therapeutic recreation, individual and group, with a focus on community integration
  • Art/Activities therapy
  • Social skills development/Skills Streaming
  • Crisis Intervention, including one to one, when indicated
  • Twenty-four (24) hour a day emergency and back-up services by clinical and administrative personnel

Who will be providing treatment?

The Residential Program is staffed with, and supported by, a team of professionals including:
  • Medical Director (Board Certified Psychiatrist),
  • Consulting Psychiatrists
  • Full-time Doctoral And Master Level Therapists/Psychologists
  • Doctoral Level Psychology Interns
  • Case Managers
  • Unit Managers
  • Nursing Staff
  • Clinical Care Staff
  • Dietitian

What can my child bring to Sarah A. Reed Children's Center?

Sarah Reed Children's Center provides toys, games, and recreation equipment for residents. Bicycles, sports equipment, arts and crafts, board games, and musical instruments may also be provided. Very large items such as bicycles, televisions, and stereos are not permitted. Also, toy guns, knives, swords, or anything viewed as a weapon is forbidden. Due to the safety and confidentiality of your child and others, cell phones, cameras, and electronic devices are not permitted.  Children will have an opportunity to earn electronic devices or are able to borrow these items from the unit.
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