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    North Central Secure Treatment Unit

    North Central Secure Treatment Unit (NCSTU) provides secure treatment programming for adjudicated delinquent males and females. It is located on the grounds of the Danville State Hospital in Montour County. NCSTU offers a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the diverse needs of its male and female youth.

    NCSTU is comprised of specific programs that address substance abuse and criminal behavior issues, gender-responsive services for female offenders, programming for youth having lower cognitive functioning and treatment for issues related to chronic delinquent behavior. Specifically, NCSTU’s programs include:

    The Substance Abuse Program is designed for the care and treatment of serious and chronic adjudicated delinquent youth with substance abuse issues. Treatment is built upon "A New Direction" curriculum that addresses the multiple issues that lead to substance abuse and criminal behavior and includes the following six modules: 

    1. Intake and Orientation
    2. Criminal and Addictive Thinking
    3. Socialization
    4. Drug and Alcohol Education
    5. Relapse Prevention
    6. Release & Reintegration 

    The General Secure Program is designed for the care and treatment of general delinquency juvenile male offenders. The General Secure Program also uses components of "A New Direction" curriculum since the material is also applicable to the general delinquency population, yet the foundation of the program remains a cognitive behavioral and strengths based approaches.

    The Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program serves the chronic offender who has an IQ of 80 and below, and who possesses no significant deficits in adaptive behavior patterns. The program is designed to enhance the youth’s self-esteem and promote a positive identity. This is accomplished through reinforcing those skills and abilities that the youth already possesses, providing him with successful experiences and allowing him to make choices.

    The MH/MR Program treatment services include: individual case management, group counseling, medical and psychological services, prevocational skills training, restitution program, computer skills training, prerelease program and volunteer resources. Residents receive specific group counseling in the areas of: 

    • Thinking Patterns
    • Anger Replacement Training
    • Social Skills
    • Parenting
    • Drug and Alcohol
    • Victim Awareness
    • Balanced and Restorative Justice
    • Criminal Personality
    • Team Building 

    Individual counseling focuses on the above areas with the addition of grief/loss and self esteem.

    The Girls Program provides gender specific treatment services to adjudicated delinquent female youth. The program provides a safe, supportive environment, while encouraging and empowering young women to lead healthy lifestyles that promote dignity, integrity and responsibility.

    The program provides effective services for a specialized population of girls who require the highest level of care. Programming includes: 

    • Recognition of and treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
    • Creating safety zones;
    • Eliminating self-harming behaviors;
    • Abuse recovery;
    • Anger management training; and
    • Conflict resolution. 

    In addition, gender responsive services are provided to improve emotional and behavioral functioning and reduce the adverse effects of past experience that may include abuse, victimization, neglect, exploitation, unhealthy relationships and trauma.

    The educational program at NCSTU is provided through CSIU #16. The school offers vocational and life skills education, to include a Culinary Arts/Food Management Program. NCSTU’s school is an approved GED and SAT testing site.

    A limited number of youth are also afforded an opportunity to participate in paid work training programs that enable restitution to be paid. More specifically, NCSTU has twelve paid "Work Training Programs" designed to teach youth job skills and provide for a means of restoring victims through restitution payments.