Perseus House Enhanced Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)

In the fall of 2001, the Erie County Office of Mental Health and Mental Retardation through the Resource Collaborative identified over 24 Erie County adolescent males who during the previous 12 months did not have their needs met in traditional RTF settings. All of the adolescents were seriously emotionally disturbed and presented with difficult behaviors.

All of these adolescents were placed in numerous out of home settings without successful outcomes and are the type of adolescents that this program is intended to serve.

Perseus House Enhanced Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)As a community, it was determined that providing more of the same services will not meet the needs of these youth; a new and innovative approach is required. An approach that has the capability to treat youth in need of enhanced RTF services. Perseus House stepped up to provide this need. The intensity of our mental health treatment far exceeds what current RTF’s are able to provide. In both approach and degree, an intensive staffing pattern immerses each young man in a new world experience toward the development of a new self/world view. This will be accomplished through an integrated program with a focus on treatment for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescent males.

Individual Therapy in conjunction with weekly psychiatric care is the  cornerstone of the therapeutic process. It is precisely these high-risk young men that society cannot afford to let fall below the “radar screen.” This program also serves as a constant reminder of their need to connect to their broader community in ways that reinforce those qualities that are right with them, and will discourage attention paid to chronic negative views of self. In addition to a wide array of behavioral and psychiatric interventions, this will also be accomplished through individual therapy provided every evening for one half hour. This treatment approach provides the adolescent with a one-on-one opportunity to engage in therapy to process daily experiences that will lead to more adaptive thoughts, feelings and behavior. It is our belief that this commitment to challenge these young men at this point in their lives will yield successful citizens in the future.

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Enhanced RTF
132 West 26th Street
Erie, PA  16508