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Admissions Requirements
To be admitted to Hoffman Homes for Youth, children must have a psychiatric recommendation for placement in a Residential Treatment Facility.


The referral process takes into consideration a number of factors including a psychiatric evaluation and recommendation, psychological evaluation, social history, medical history, cognitive skills, previous placement history, family resources, level of aggressive or self injurious behavior, school history, level of substance abuse and legal history and status.


When a child is accepted for admission to Hoffman Homes for Youth, the referring agency is notified and an admission package is sent. This packet includes a checklist and the documents necessary for admission. Once the information is complete and returned to Hoffman Homes for Youth, a date for the admission is determined.


The following information is to be provided to the Admissions Department prior to a child's date of admission to Hoffman Homes:
  • Psychiatric evaluation recommending Residential Treatment completed within 60 days prior to the child's admission date
  • Certificate of Need signed by the Psychiatrist recommending Residential Treatment and a Licensed Social Worker, Registered Nurse, or Psychologist
  • Physical completed by a physician within 60 days prior to the child's admission date
  • Immunization Records
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • All current insurance cards including Private Insurance and Medical Assistance
  • Completed Admission Packet

What to Expect on Admission Day
In order to protect the privacy rights and provide for the safety of all children in care, Hoffman Homes for Youth requires all visitors to provide photo identification.  You may request your picture be taken on the day of admission if you do not have other photo identification available.


All paperwork required prior to the day of admission will be reviewed for accuracy and to insure that all necessary signatures have been obtained. The legal guardian is asked to accompany the child on the day of admission to sign consent forms, information release forms, medical forms, and educational forms. This process will be broken into four parts to ensure that all the child’s needs are met and that everyone has a clear understanding of the various program components. The admission process will take approximately three hours.


Please bring all current medications/prescriptions. Personal hygiene products are also provided to the children by Hoffman Homes for Youth. It is recommended that a seven to ten day supply of season appropriate clothing be packed for the child. Children should not bring personal items of great value with them. Many children choose to bring hand held electronic games, toys, and CD players with headphones.


Throughout the day of admission, children and their families and agency representatives will meet with staff representing the Admissions Department, Medical Services Department, Clinical Services Department, and Hoffman Academy education staff. A psychiatric and medical assessment will be completed, all required paperwork and documentation will be reviewed and completed, and the child will be oriented to his or her residence.  


We look forward to meeting with you and your child!


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:


Brecia Nevada, MSW, LSW
Vice President of Admissions 
717-359-7148 ext 1200
Fax:  717-359-2603


Marissa Sandoe
Admissions Secretary 
717-359-7148 ext 1201


Nondiscrimination Statement and Complaint Procedure
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form by email, to; by fax, to 202-690-7442, or by letter, to:


United States Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint, please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (in Spanish).


Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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