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SummitQuest Academy is a behavior modification facility located on 1170 South State Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522

They did open in 2000.

They are able to detain 110 teenagers and pre-teenagers in 4 units:

  • A pre-adolescent mental health treatment unit is for males ages 12-14. The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is 1:4.
  • An adolescent mental health treatment unit is for males ages 14-18. The staff to resident ratio is 1:6 during the day and 1:8 overnight.

These two unit have a total capacity of 54 beds.

  • A pre-adolescent sexually-reactive treatment unit has 20 beds for males ages 12-15. The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is 1:4.
  • An adolescent sexually-reactive treatment unit has 36 beds for males ages 15-18. (In rare cases to age 21.) The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is primarily 1:5.

These two units have a total capacity of 56 beds.

Program structure

No info is given on their homepage about the therapeutic approach, only goals for each unit are stated:

  • Mental health treatment units: The goal of the program is to equip residents with techniques to manage and express their behaviors in socially adaptive ways.
  • Sexually-reactive treatment units: The goal of the program is to provide the resident with strategies that can be utilized to help prevent and/or reduce these behaviors and manage his psychiatric symptoms.

In the news

Giovanni Joey Aletriz - 16 years of age died at the facility februar 4, 2006 while being restrained. It was the second death within months. None was charge [2][3].

After the deaths the staff was less willing to restrain patients, which lead to a number of runaways causing stress at the local police department.

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