Residential Programs for Children

For children struggling with a mental health challenge severe enough to require removal from the home by county-based Children & Youth Services or Juvenile Probation, Beacon Light offers a variety residential programs.

Some are long-term and others short-term, but all are designed to provide the highest levels of treatment individuals involved. Residential treatment is the most intensive of all Beacon Light programs, and our broad range of settings ensures we can place a child in an environment that gives them the best chance for positive outcomes.


Beacon Light Children's Residential Services

General Residential Treatment Facilities

General Residential Treatment Facilities are Joint Commission accredited homes for children under the age of 18 who have been removed from their family home to a diagnosed mental or behavioral health need. These individuals have often received other types of community-based care, or other residential placements, prior to coming to Beacon Light. With multiple facilities, Beacon Light can place children where they are likely to receive care from a team best suited to their needs.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

McKean, Warren, Bradford counties - Phone: 814-817-1400 ext. 1281


Specialized Therapeutic Residence For Intellectual and Developmental Empowerment (STRIDE)

The STRIDE program is a Joint Commission accredited residential program for children who have intensive needs requiring a longer length of stay in treatment.
*1st Street Bradford Health & Safety Plan HERE
*Kittanning Health & Safety Plan HERE
*Ulster Health & Safety Plan HERE

Beacon Light's STRIDE Southwest program is located in Kittanning, PA.

McKean, Bradford, Armstrong counties - Phone: 814-817-1400 x1281


Youngsville Specialized Residential Treatment Program

The Youngsville Specialty Residential program is a specialized service for youth with a mental health diagnosis and intellectual/developmental disabilities who require intensive treatment and family-centered services to achieve reintegration back to their family and community. Length of stay in YSR is intended to be shorter duration than the STRIDE programs.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

Warren County - Phone: 814-817-1400 x1281


Short-Term Adolescent Recovery (STAR)

The STAR program is a joint-commission accredited residential program for children ages 8 through 18 who have been removed from their homes due to a behavioral health diagnosis. The program is an intensive, maximum 90-day program with a strong family therapy component. Because of the importance of family involvement, only children living within a 2-hour radius of the programs are eligible for admission.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

McKean County - Phone: 814-817-1400 x1298 or x1357


Sexually Aggressive Youth Program (SAY)

The SAY program is a joint-commission accredited residential program for youth males ages 13 through 18. The SAY treatment program is designed around the core belief that adolescents deserve therapy for their sexually maladaptive behaviors in a strength-based environment.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

McKean County - Phone: 814-817-1400 x1281


Girls In Recovery Learning Strengths (GIRLS)

The GIRLS program is a joint-commission accredited residential program for female youth ages 10 through 18 who have a mental health diagnosis and are in need of intensive treatment.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

McKean County - Phone: 814-817-1400 x1281


Transitional Living Program

Beacon Light Behavioral Health System's Transitional Living Program (TLP) is operated as part of our Children's Center for Treatment & Education services. The four-bed unit is a temporary residence for youth 16-20 years of age who are dually diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have behavioral health needs, and are in the care of a Children & Youth Agency, but are able to live in a semi-independent living environment. The TLP is designed to provide opportunities to move towards independent living.

Phone: 814-817-1400 x1281


Education Program

Beacon Light operates a privately licensed school program designed to provide education for children who have been unsuccessful in traditional classroom settings. This program offers the opportunity for academic success, and encourages students to value education and learning all within a safe, structured setting. Alternative education is available to children living in the community or in one of Beacon Light's residential programs. Additionally, Beacon Light offers a highly customized, autistic support classroom within the school.
*Health & Safety Plan HERE

Beacon Light Academy - McKean County - Phone: 814-817-1372