At the present time, the Glen Mills Schools has numerous operational contracts which include youth from residences throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Our other contracts are from different states and include contractual arrangements with the District of Columbia and sovereign Native American jurisdictions. Additionally, we have placements from Bermuda and Germany. Glen Mills Schools is a Title IV-E Approved facility with a ninety percent allowable reimbursement as per Pennsylvania’s Office of Children, Youth and Families.

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Admissions Criteria 

The Glen Mills Schools will consider candidates from agencies dealing with adolescent, adjudicated delinquent and adjudicated dependent males between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18), with an I.Q. of 70 or higher.

An interview with each youth is required and an interview with the youth's parent(s) / guardian is highly desirable. We are prepared to deal with aggressive, hostile juveniles; socially maladjusted but considered healthy from an emotional standpoint. We will not consider youth with self-destructive or fire setting histories.

Admissions Procedure

All candidates must go through a screening process that starts with a written referral. After review of the materials, a face to face interview will be scheduled. Decisions are made in a timely manner - usually within 24-48 hours.

A pre-admission assessment will be completed by an Admissions Coordinator at the time of the interview and appropriately documented to ensure that the Schools can meet the needs of the prospective youth. Admissions, the provision of services and referrals shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin or limited English proficiency.

SPEP (Special Program Evaluation Protocol)

The Glen Mills Schools has been participating in the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) process since January 2017. SPEP is a scoring system used to estimate the impact of juvenile justice programs on reducing recidivism. The SPEP is a validated and data-driven rating system for evaluating program effectiveness. The SPEP uses research on juvenile justice programs that reduce recidivism. To determine a SPEP score, the provider’s services are compared to characteristics of effective programs in the research.

Four characteristics of juvenile programs have been shown to predict reduced youth recidivism:

* Service type,

* Dosage,

* Quality of service, and

* Risk levels of the youth

Using the SPEP scoring system, these characteristics of juvenile services can be evaluated to determine approximately how effective a program will be in reducing recidivism.

Over the last twenty two months we have been working transparently with the SPEP Team through the evaluations and process. We have received our base scores, analyzed the data, developed action steps, and are currently engaged in the final step (Responding) of implementing the action steps to improve our program services. At present we are the largest residential juvenile facility in Pennsylvania to go through the SPEP process and are being evaluated in the following programs: Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Coping with Anger, Parenting, Life Skills (BOTVIN), Independent Living, Gun Violence, Golf Course Management, Building Trades, and Photography. Our first quarterly phone reviews are 11/13, 11/15, and 11/30.