COAL TOWNSHIP — Northumberland County commissioners Sam Schiccatano and Kym Best were on hand Wednesday afternoon to welcome a new partner in the rehabilitation of county youth. Diversified Treatment Alternative Centers (DTAC), based in Lewisburg, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the dedication of its newly remodeled facility, which formerly housed rehabilitative services for females and later, male juveniles.
DTAC has served the last 27 years in the rehabilitative youth services industry.
“We’re really excited to be able to expand our services into this area and continue to help young people in need of behavioral health services,” DTAC CEO Lisa Olander said. “We love this location and will be considering possible expansion in the future.”
The current facility houses a maximum of 32 clients in two separate large cottages. Each cottage contains eight bedrooms, with two clients per room.
Olander indicated that one of the changes made by DTAC since acquiring the property was to repaint many of the rooms, which she believes affect mood and, in turn, behavior of the young clients.
“We replaced the old institutional gray-colored walls with new, brighter colors. Our experience has shown that color has a direct impact upon their healing,” she said.
Both Schiccatano and Best were impressed by DTAC, its staff and the prep-work they had already done at the facility.
“We believe that this company (DTAC) will be a great fit for us,” Schiccatano said. “Working with them has already been a wonderful experience. It’s all about rehabilitating our youth and this new facility will serve as an integral place for us to accomplish that goal.”
Best added: “I’m thrilled that DTAC is here and very proud to have them. They’re a reputable and well-respected company with a successful track record that deserves to have a place here in Northumberland County.”
Vicky Gee-Guyer, DTAC operations manager for outpatient programming, has been employed by the company for the past 23 years. She said she is pleased to see its continued growth and expansion.
“This is a residential treatment facility for mental health rehabilitation,” she said.
TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, the previous tenant that opened at the Northumberland County South Campus site in October 2017, recently announced it would not renew its lease, which expired on June 30. That decision prompted county commissioners to seek another tenant.
The facility, known as the Coal Township Youth Academy for at-risk males ages 13 to 18, was formerly home to Northwestern Academy’s Building Bridges program for female juveniles until it ceased operations in June of 2016.