White Deer Run of Blue Mountain in Kempton, PA

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8284 Leaser Road
Kempton PA 19529

White Deer Run of Blue Mountain Philosophy

White Deer Run at Blue Mountain is a residential substance abuse treatment program located in the Blue Mountain range near Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. With guidance from our clinical team of Masters level licensed staff, our adult clients begin to learn increased self-awareness, gain an understanding of their interpersonal relationships and receive an education on the disease of addiction through both group and individual sessions.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

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Meet the Staff

Amy Ruiz LSW CAC

Clinical Supervisor

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I am the Clinical Supervisor of the Men’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit. After obtaining my Bachelors in Social Work at Bloomsburg University in December of 2001 I came to work at White Deer Run in January of 2002 and have been here ever since. I began my career at Allenwood as a counselor on the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit and pursued my education and received my Masters in Social Work from Marywood University in May of 2005. It was then that I was promoted to a supervisor and worked on the adolescent unit until my recent move to the Men’s Unit. My experience here at White Deer Run has been primarily with patients with co-occurring disorders both on the women’s and the adolescent units. Dealing with addiction is never easy and it becomes more difficult when struggling with mental health issues. I believe that we need to combine the treatments of both in order to have the best chance of recovery. I love working with people and to be able to see them reclaim their lives by providing them with the proper treatment and support.

Brianne Shreck

Supervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit

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I am currently the Supervisor of the Women’s Co-occurring Disorders Unit at WDR of Allenwood. I came to WDR straight out of college as a Counselor Assistant. Since that time I have acted as a counselor, the lead counselor for the adolescent unit, the facility lead counselor, and now supervisor. I received my BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and my MSW from Marywood University. I am also a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. I cannot measure how much I have learned over the years at this facility. I am grateful for the experiences my co-workers and clients provide me on a daily basis. To see someone enter treatment who is hopeless, broken, and overwhelmed and watch them grow to someone who sees they have a future, can utilize personal strengths they never knew existed, and who is able to feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments is both rewarding and a testament to the work we do at this facility.

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Situated in woodlands six miles north of Kempton and 30 miles northwest of Allentown, Pa., White Deer Run of Blue Mountain offers residential substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. Co-occurring mental health disorders are also addressed. The facility is part of the White Deer Run family of rehab centers, which operates a handful of treatment centers throughout Pennsylvania under CRC Health, one of the nation’s largest providers of behavioral health services. Supervised medical detox is not available at Blue Mountain, though it is available through other White Deer Run facilities.


White Deer Run of Blue Mountain treats a full spectrum of substance dependencies. The admissions process includes a full medical evaluation and, where necessary, psychiatric evaluation. White Deer Run offers a short-term residential program, though the length of stay varies depending upon client need. The average stay is 24 days.

After admission, residents follow an individualized treatment track that includes group, family, and individual therapy that utilizes evidence-based practices, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational enhancement therapy (MET). Methods like CBT are widely used, as 74.6% of U.S. facilities use CBT consistently in their treatment plans.

In addition to medication management services, when applicable, clients also participate in daily meditation, addiction education, gender-specific groups, 12-step meetings, and recreational activities. The 12-Steps are used in up to 48% of treatment facilities. Gender-specific treatments are also used extensively. Forty percent of facilities in Indiana provide treatment specifically for women, while 35.1% provide gender-specific programs for men.

Aftercare planning is another core part of treatment, and each resident works to put together his or her own comprehensive, individualized post-treatment plan. Possible continuing care options include outpatient treatment and halfway houses within White Deer Run's network of facilities.


White Deer Run's staff includes physicians certified in addiction medicine, a team of nurses, master’s level therapists, and certified addiction counselors. A staff physician, psychiatrist, and medical director are on-site once or twice per week. It is among the 28% of U.S. facilities accredited by CARF It is also certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, and ASAM.


The 20-bed facility is set on seven expansive acres in the Blue Ridge Mountain range, near Pennsylvania’s fabled Lehigh Valley, with plenty of recreational space nearby. The seven individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing generally appreciated the facility's accommodations and amenities.


Feedback from the five former clients polled by Rehabs.com to date indicated that White Deer Run of Blue Mountain offered adequate treatment, a qualified staff, and a serene environment. Except for one alum who claimed that the rehab did not tend to individual needs, the other four reviewers praised the facility and gave it either four or five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness.

"Great environment! Wonderful experience, I learned great tools for sobriety!" one alum wrote, while another alum added: "The staff was very passionate about their involvement in our treatment. A lot of the counselors where recovering themselves and could relate on a personal level."

On Google, White Deer Run Of Blue Mountain earned an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars from five reviews to date.[1] Alumni indicated that the program was effective and life-saving, with long-term success. One alum wrote about their year of sobriety, while another had three years. Alumni provide positive feedback about the staff, who they describe as “friendly” and “caring.” Alum Montana wrote about its holistic offerings, such as “yoga, drum circle, going to Leaser Lake, and more.”


At the time of this writing, two loved ones provided feedback about White Deer Run to Rehabs.com. The feedback was mixed to positive. While both loved ones gave four out of five stars or higher for facility cleanliness, family participation, and connectivity, they did not agree about the quality of the other metrics.

For instance, one loved one gave two stars for its holistic offerings, while the other gave four stars. For exercise and leisure opportunities, one loved one gave three stars while the other gave five stars. However, both gave four or five stars for the likelihood they'd recommend the facility. "Clean, neat, organized rehab. Offers family treatment, along with group and individual counseling," one loved one wrote.


White Deer Run accepts a number of private insurance plans including Aetna, Cigna, and BlueCross BlueShield. It is also one of the 34% of facilities in the country that accepts Medicare.


White Deer Run is currently looking to expand its staff. That way, the facility can provide better medical and behavioral health coverage to clients.

[1] Google Reviews

Published on October 2018

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First thing people need to realize when reviewing this place is that they are majority Medicaid funded and take Medicaid all throughout the state- few inpatient facilities do that. Leslie is an amazing director who believes in second chances and dedicates her life toward this place. That said-if you have private insurance that will cover inpatient rehab go elsewhere. This place was only running at 3/4 capacity (15/20 beds being occupied) while every other rehab is at full capacity. There's a reason for this. Most patients come straight from jail. Many get away with stuff they wouldn't get away with at other facilities because money is tight and because occupancy isn't ideal for WDR. I can say there were at least 6-8 people that came in and out during my four week stay that shouldn't have been there. If you get kicked out of this place you must be a severe screw up because there were so many instances I said to myself wow this wouldn't fly at a facility that isn't hurting for money and or patients. You get next to zero counseling aside from being pressured into staying at one of white deer runs recovery houses (see how they make money off addicts from beginning to end). Most people get daily counseling at private rehab and pa regulations dictate that you receive an hour of counseling a week. This does not happen. Chef is Amazon and cares a lot a great deal about patients. Techs are ok-you get what you pay for and at $10 an hour your not getting the best of the best. Leslie does best she can with activities with limited budget by getting instructed to come Thursdays for Yoga. That's awesome as well as drum circle. You get to go to outside meetings but it's split up since they don't have staff to drive everyone so they split meetings into alcoholics and heroin drug addicts- AA for alcoholics and NA for drug addicts. I wet almost two weeks without going to an outside meeting. They have good number of people who are kind enough to bring meetings to is in out very remote location. Gym and weight area wasn't operational so during rec time our exercise options were limited. Overall it's adequate if your on Medicare and are Out of control and are in dire need of help. If you have private insurance try and get into a better facility as tough as that sounds. Best advice I have is spend more time giving individual counseling and start working on exit plan from day one instead of last ten days your in treatment. This will prevent people from overstaying their welcome since a few people were there for over six weeks because they had no bed in recovery house since they waited til last minute to deal with issue. Give computer time for patients to work on resume an get interviews and jobs set up for when they leave if they don't have a job already. Don't wait until someone is so much of a problem they destroy the community as I experienced. Fix weight area and allow access daily for patient to establish and maintain good exercise regiment. And for gods sake don't accept people for smoking pot. They are just distractions and will be exposed to world of hard drugs. More harm than good.


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Great environment! Wonderful experience, I learned great tools for sobriety!


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Very strongly trained staff. Utilizes different addiction approaches. Can treat co-occurring disorders. Stays sometimes are not long enough. This facility has well trained staff. It helps works with people with different disorders, along with their addiction. Clean, neat, organized rehab. Offers family treatment, along with group and individual counseling.


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The facility is in a peaceful, isolated setting. My daughter started drinking a week after she was released. I desperately wanted my daughter to have a mental health evaluation and told the staff so. I believe my daughter has some sort of mental illness other than addiction and self-medicates herself with alcohol. She was never given an psychiatric evaluation while at White Deer Run despite my urging.


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They did not individually tend to the needs.


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White Deer run was like a resort with AA meetings Counseling and interaction with other patients all in a beautiful setting in the Mountain's I didn't want to leave!.


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The staff was very passionate about their involvement in our treatment. A lot of the counselors where recovering themselves and could relate on a personal level. They literally knew what we where going thru and had the answers on how to stay sober.


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