HOFFMAN HOMES, INC.

aka Hoffman Homes for Youth   |   Littlestown, PA   |  www.hoffmanhomes.com

Mission

The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth is being committed to promoting the personal growth and achievement of those we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff development, and the use of evidence-based practices.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO and President

Melissa Leathery

Main address

815 Orphanage Rd

Littlestown, PA 17340 USA

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EIN

23-2732296

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We help children suffering from mental health diagnoses and behavioral issues due to severe trauma, abuse, neglect, and loss, so they can heal, overcome, regain confidence and self-esteem and return to their communities with a positive future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Hoffman Homes for Youth (HHY) is a nonprofit, 501c(3) psychiatric residential treatment program for children. Our purpose 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. 

Children admitted to Hoffman Homes for Youth benefit from the wide range of therapeutic activities provided talk therapy, play therapy, art therapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and equine-assisted therapy.

In FY21, 93% of the children discharged met their treatment goals while at Hoffman Homes for Youth and successfully returned to the community!


Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Hoffman Academy is a licensed private academic 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. This on-site school provides small class sizes, social skills education, transition planning, and differentiated instruction. Hoffman Academy offers 1:1 technology in each room. Staff are trained in safe crisis management.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

There were 85 admissions in FY21 and 99 in FY 20. 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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Masters level therapists provide individual, group, and family therapies, and create individualized therapeutic treatment plans that build trust, promote self-awareness, and lifelong recovery.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100%

Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100% of youth and families have a strengths-based assessment completed

Number of treatment and support plans that include behavior support plan

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100%

Number of treatment and support plans revised within specified timeframes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100%

Number of treatment and support plans that specify how individual and family strengths will be used and developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100%

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 has implemented a trauma informed approach to treatment. This is an organizational and treatment intervention based on the tenets of trauma theory and an understanding of systems theory. The trauma informed approach 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. This is based on a set of guiding principles as well as some specific tools that reinforce the philosophy then practiced by the employees and children on a daily basis. A trauma-informed culture has an organizing structure for thinking about how people heal snd what they need in order to grow and change, rather than an eclectic and disjointed way to provide services.

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.

Creative Therapy programs provide an addition to traditional talk therapy.
Through Art therapy, Music Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Therapy, 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.

Play Therapy was added in 2019, to be used for individual therapy 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 new Mindfulness Room. Staff are trained in safe crisis management.

Financials

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HOFFMAN HOMES, INC.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Jones


Board co-chair

Dan Sharrer

Michael Kowalik

Gerald Serfass

Victor McCloskey

Retired from York International Corp.

Miles Smid

Roy Blose

Retired from Techport Solutions, Inc.

Lee Powell

Jill Marie

Mary Moyer

John Fureman

Christine Demas

Ann Fruth

Merris Harvey

Kim Flickinger

Board leadership practices

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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/2/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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