Special Programs

Glen Mills utilizes evidence-based programs for juveniles that are based on scientifically sound research, which helps reduce problems or behaviors at the residential facility and help reduce recidivism upon release. This is accomplished by specifically addressing those identified areas of risk and applying targeted specific interventions to address those needs. Results are analyzed in the form of outcomes, which can show program effectiveness.

Competency Based Programs afford even more opportunities for the growth and development for our students in accordance with the Balanced and Restorative Justice principles of competency development. Restorative justice programs will be integrated into the framework of our well established behavior management system. All students  participate in these offerings.

Evidence Based Programs for Juveniles

Moral Reconation Therapy, MRT®, is a cognitive behavioral intervention which combines elements from a variety of traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.Coping with Anger® is a MRT® companion program which addresses anger.

Parenting and Family Values® is a MRT® companion program which develops parenting skills.

Botvin LifeSkills® is used as an intervention to address drug and alcohol issues and violence.

PBIS Tier 1- Research has shown that a positive school climate is linked to improved behavior and academic achievement. In 2014, GMS adopted the nationally recognized School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports initiative and focused on three behavioral expectations to create a positive and safe environment: “Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready.” The focus of SWPBS is to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which all staff and students have clear expectations and understanding of their role in the educational process. SWPBS is a proactive process that is used to develop a positive school climate, help students develop better social and emotional skills, and expand behavioral health supports for ALL. Prosocial behaviors are taught directly, practiced frequently, and become part of a routine so that they become automatic. Click here to see our student-produced PBIS video!

Competency Based Programs

Drug & Alcohol Program - Glen Mills uses a 24 lesson curriculum that utilizes lectures, group exercises, speakers and facilitated discussions to reduce future dependency on drugs and alcohol. 

Gun Violence Prevention - This program is a 16 week curriculum that uses lectures, exercises and speakers to provide gun violence prevention strategies to students. The program utilizes the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfares’ Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services Workbook.

Wellness & Nutrition - This is a comprehensive program designed to give our students the opportunities to experience a higher quality of life through the use of proper diet, nutrition, and exercise.

Independent Living Skills - Based on the Casey Life Skills® curriculum. The course includes subjects such as: Money Management, Home Management, Food Management, Health Care, Safety Skills, Social Skills, Education, Job Seeking Skills, Job Maintenance, Housing, Transportation, Community Resources, Understanding the Law, Recreation and Human Sexuality.

OBH/ Co-occurring Substance Abuse- Students with substance abuse issues receive a comprehensive evaluation including risk assessment, family history evaluation, treatment history and psycho-social assessment. Treatment is provided by Onward Behavioral Health an innovative leader in providing CARF-accredited adolescent drug and alcohol treatment.

OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis and are unique to the students’ needs. The OVR counselor, (during face-to-face interviews), assists students in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services and service providers. An Individualized Plan for Employment is developed, outlining a vocational objective, services, providers and responsibilities. The Glen Mills Schools will begin by providing group services to improve students’ employability, in addition to students participating in their assigned CTE program. This program will expose students to new potential career paths, provide services to prepare them for the workforce and assist students by providing them transition support that follows them once they leave our school.