White Deer Run’s Renewal Center provides gender-specific transitional care to women who have completed residential substance abuse treatment. Renewal Center is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. It has been in operation for over 10 years and is part of the White Deer Run network of facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Under the Acadia Healthcare umbrella, White Deer Run facilities are included among an expansive international group of behavioral health facilities providing chemical dependency and therapeutic support. With its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia serves communities across the country and in the UK with inpatient, residential, outpatient and school-based treatment programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
Clients reside in a brick residence surrounded by trees a few blocks from the Conemaugh River. Up to 25 women are accommodated at once, quartered in rooms typically with two other roommates.
For recreation, residents can use the house exercise equipment and exercise DVDs. They can also watch TV in the common area, but only at the discretion of the house manager.
The Renewal Center provides food for residents and also work out a weekly meal plan. Residents are then assigned meal-preparation duties in teams of three as part of their life-skills training. Meal plans are designed to accommodate both allergies and food preferences.
Rules and Regulations
Most women enter Renewal Center after having completed residential treatment elsewhere. Renewal Center usually has a waiting-list, and those who have completed residential treatment in another White Deer Run facility are typically given preference.
Treatment at Renewal Center lasts between three and six months and women must be employed, in school and/or volunteering consistently throughout their stay. The staff helps them connect with local career services agencies for help with resume writing, job search and interview skills.
Residents are required to attend group and individual therapy at least twice a week. Renewal Center also provides 20 educational lectures and classes a week with topics including budgeting, Big Book Study and anger management. Attendance is determined by each individual’s work and school schedules. Residents must also attend two 12-step meetings each day. Most attend nearby off-site meetings, though the facility hosts up to 14 on-site each week, as well.
Therapy at Renewal Center uses Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the 12-step framework. The treatment team includes CAC addiction counselors, MSWs and clinical technicians. Clients with co-occurring disorders are taken to a psychiatrist at a nearby White Deer Run facility, as-needed.
Family therapy is available for loved ones who wish to participate in recovery; family can also visit the residents on Sunday afternoons. Staff members take residents on weekend sober socializing excursions, such as county fairs and volunteering activities. Residents also plan on-site movie and karaoke nights.
For aftercare, the treatment team helps clients create a plan that may include peer support meetings, on-going therapy and connecting with community agencies for housing and job support. The White Deer Run treatment network regularly holds a variety of alumni get-togethers throughout Pennsylvania.
White Deer Run’s Renewal Center provides transitional care to women in Johnstown, Pennsylvania who have previously completed residential treatment. With over 20 weekly addiction and life-skills lectures as well as individual and group sessions utilizing a range of therapeutic methods, Renewal Center offers clients significant support and education while they achieve their employment and educational goals in recovery.
White Deer Run Renewal Center
624 Broad St
Johnstown, PA 15222
Acadia White Deer Run Renewal Center Cost: No charge for residents; fees paid for by county and Medicaid. Reach White Deer Run York at (814) 539-0836.
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