Keenan House treatment programs are comprehensive, utilizing numerous approaches and the blending of several models including the disease model, social learning model, psycho-educational model, and psychodynamic models. This blending emphasizes "habilitation" and psycho-education, coupled with therapy. It also has aspects of behavioral management with an emphasis on responsibility and accountability.
This melting of models and approaches are all incorporated into the heart of what Keenan House considers the most significant model it utilizes, the Therapeutic Community (TC) Model for the delivery of its services.
The TC model is pro-active and action oriented, highly structured and utilizes a peer hierarchical system to maintain a milieu that offers the highest likelihood of success to the chronic addict whose lifestyle was committed to drugs and crime. The TC offers both habilitation and rehabilitation while impacting on values, beliefs, thinking and behaviors which historically acted in service of the resident’s addiction and criminal behavior.
The TC family offers a sense of affiliation and belonging (a surrogate family), it provides functional daily living skills delivered within a hierarchical structure based on achievement (responsibility and growth). This is done in an environment that emphasizes TC concepts, such as honesty, responsibility, trust, concern, consistency and communication. The TC utilizes numerous TC ‘tools’ (sayings with meaning), such as: “what goes around comes around, act as if, you get back what you put in, remember who you are, there’s no free lunch, compensation is valid, etc., to help the resident maintain their focus on their treatment and their role in the larger “family”—community.
Other TC essential components include the following. All combine to create the residents’ investment in a pro-social lifestyle.
consistent philosophy with predictable expectations (and rules)
rewards and consequences delivered within a therapeutic structure
social learning through social interaction
learning even through crises
responsibility for his/her behavior and its impact into a broader community
positive peer pressure
internalization of a positive value system
learning to understand and appropriately express emotions
family involvement and improvements to family of origin
community restitution and volunteerism
faith, pro-social recreational activities, ritual and traditions
job skill training, job counseling and re-entry activities.
Since recovery starts when a resident leaves Keenan House, our overall goal, aside from achieving their goals identified in their treatment plan, is to place the individual into a continuum of care. Counselors work to develop an aftercare program which may include participation in any of Treatment Trends, Inc. (TTI) continuum of care; such as our outpatient program at Confront which provides intensive outpatient and outpatient and supportive transitional living at our Richard S. Csandl Recovery House or other Oxford Houses in the community.
For specific aftercare services not offered by Treatment Trends, referrals are made to one or more of the social agencies to which we network throughout the State.
Scope Of Referrals
Keenan House accepts referrals from most counties throughout Pennsylvania with whom we contract to provide services. Additionally we contract with the Pa. Dept. of Corrections, the Pa. Board of Probation and Parole, and several counties with Drug Courts and provide treatment as an Intermediate Punishment Sentence for some counties. Locally we provide up to 10 months of residential treatment inclusive of half-way home (extended re-entry) through a Treatment Continuum Alternative Project (TCAP). We also accept Medicaid Managed Care referrals.
Referrals can be accepted within 24 hours of referral with our staff providing pick-ups throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Referral bed-dates can also be arranged in advance.
The facility bed-capacity is 85 with a gender distribution of 65 males and 20 female. We maintain the ability to be flexible with the male and female distribution depending upon referrals.
Keenan House can serve most addicted/criminal justice offenders but maintains inclusion/ exclusionary criteria in order to optimize the therapeutic value of the milieu.
Individuals considered for placement must be age 18 or over, male or female, can have criminal justice involvement, and must meet the eligibility requirements of the funding source and referring agency.
Keenan House cannot provide services to individuals who have unmanaged or unstable psychiatric or medical conditions. Detoxification shall be provided through offsite referral agreements with the client returning to Keenan House for treatment services. Referrals cannot have a history of arson, sexual offenses including rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse (IDSI) and or indecent assault, or violence separate from drug or alcohol use. Referrals must have an IQ above 75. Special consideration is given if there are close familial or intimate relationships with client currently receiving our services; these circumstances are evaluated on a case by case basis. Pregnancy is also evaluated on a case by case basis. Keenan House does not discriminate in the provision of services on the basis of age, race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, HIV status, sexual orientation, physical/mental handicaps or religion.
Keenan House maintains current licensure from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs.