Penn Foundation, Inc. Philosophy
The Penn Foundation’s Behavioral Health Services Recovery Center provides inpatient and outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to adults struggling with addiction. The Penn Foundation specializes in the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, offering exceptional support for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Therapeutic services provided include individual, group, and family counseling, family programming, and holistic recreational activities such as yoga, volleyball, and aerobics. Medically supervised inpatient detoxification is provided as needed.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Meet the Staff
Wayne A. Mugrauer, MPA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Squillaro, DO
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ABOUT PENN FOUNDATION, INC.
Located on a 30-acre campus in rural Pennsylvania, 40 miles north of Philadelphia, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disability treatment and support for children, adolescents, and adults. The center’s substance abuse treatment consists of detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient care, as well as intervention services; the center is particularly known for its dual diagnosis programming. Priority treatment is given to pregnant women.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center is guided by the fundamental belief that family plays an important role in treatment. The Penn Foundation also highly recommends that its substance abuse clients participate in 12-step meetings.
During detox, clients sleep on a dedicated detox unit, receiving medical care as well as treatment for any co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.
Inpatient/residential care is designed for individuals aged 18+. It consists of individual, group, and family counseling, and family education, along with recreational activities such as yoga, volleyball, and aerobics.
Outpatient care uses the same treatment modalities as the residential program, and aims to foster lifestyle changes in clients. Treatment is offered at a variety of intensities: there’s a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient counseling. The PHP requires attendance for 30 hours a week, on weekdays, and the IOP meets for up to nine hours a week, in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
Family consultations are available to help families who have identified a loved one struggling with addiction, but who don’t yet know what to do about it, and a free family education program is held every Sunday.
Children (ages nine to 12) who live in the presence of addiction are eligible to enroll in a free, overnight weekend camp called Camp Mariposa, where they can share their experiences in a safe space while also learning problem-solving and self-care strategies.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, however, the eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.88 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center has 16 detox beds and 39 inpatient/residential beds. Pictures published on the facility’s website show simple, office-like decor, with a canteen and a common area with armchairs. The eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, and the seven individuals polled on its exercise and leisure offerings gave them a 3.57-star average.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the nine alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, seven were positive, one mixed, and one negative. The seven alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.29 stars, 3.57 stars, and 3.14 stars respectively for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings.
In their comments, alumni repeatedly described the center as clean and well-maintained, and praised the staff. “Caring employees, clean facility and good food,” Gina wrote in a representative review, and Jenny described the staff as “very kind and friendly.” Individual praise was given to the center’s small size and personalized care, dual diagnosis programming, and aftercare provisions, and E.W. wrote: “Played a part in saving my life.”
In the few notes of criticism, a single client described the center as a scam. Others offered more gentle complaints, about small meals, insufficient time to rest, and a lack of holistic offerings.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly negative feedback. “80% of employees don’t care they treat addicted people with no respect what so ever,” L.M. wrote, giving the center four stars for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings, but one star for its staff’s level of training and experience, and indicating that they would not recommend the facility.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date would not recommend this facility. Though they gave the center five stars for its honesty and its willingness to put clients’ interests first, they indicated that they had some concerns about the quality of the center’s care — upon which they did not elaborate. “Better facilities exsist,” they wrote.
There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs, however, the eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.88 out of five stars.
Updated February 2017
Published on March 2017
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