Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at White Deer Run Treatment Network to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at White Deer Run Treatment Network.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Our Halfway House Programs for Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania

At White Deer Run Treatment Network, we help individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

Our Halfway Houses

Enrolling in a residential rehabilitation program can be an essential step for individuals who are dealing with chemical dependency and certain co-occurring mental health disorders. However, at the addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we are well aware that not every person who completes residential rehab is prepared to make an immediate successful transition out of treatment.

For those who can benefit from additional assistance following the completion of their residential rehab experience, we are proud to provide supportive and structured step-down care at two gender-specific halfway houses, both of which are located in historic Johnstown, Pennsylvania:

  • New Directions of White Deer Run is a 30-bed halfway house for adult men.
  • Renewal Center of White Deer Run is a 25-bed halfway house for adult women.

At both of these programs, our focus is helping men and women who are in early recovery learn how to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives, free from the scourge of substance abuse and chemical dependency. We place great emphasis on guiding our clients through the process of developing independent living skills and making a successful return to the workforce. The minimum length of stay at both of these halfway houses is 90 days, though individuals may stay longer depending upon their progress and continued needs.

Types of Treatment

The vast majority of clients transfer directly into Renewal Center of White Deer Run and New Directions of White Deer Run from a residential rehabilitation center. Our comprehensive treatment programs are designed to make this transition as smooth and successful as possible. The following are among the many elements of rehab that may be incorporated into an individual’s experience at either Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run:

Medication Management – Halfway house participants who have medication needs will self-administer their medication under the supervision of house staff members. Participants who are enrolled in medication assisted treatment that involves monthly injections of Vivitrol will be will be transported by house staff members to the treatment center where they can receive those injections. Vivitrol program participants may also schedule psychiatric appointments at the location where they receive their Vivitrol injections.

Individual therapy – Women and men who receive care at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run will participate in two individual therapy sessions each week throughout their time in rehab. These one-on-one sessions with a counselor are confidential and supportive environments in which participants can process successes and setbacks as well as address issues that feel may not be appropriate to discuss in a group therapy setting.

Group Therapy – Both of our halfway houses offer a variety of group therapy sessions five days each week. These sessions, which are led by trained and experienced technicians, allow participants to learn from others who are or have been in similar situations, share their own insights and experiences, and practice healthy interpersonal skills. Types of groups that may be featured during an individual’s time in rehab at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run include the following:

  • 12-step AA/NA meetings
  • Chemical dependency groups
  • Peer-led groups
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Reflections group

While the specific content of any group will likely be determined according to the contributions of participants, the general topics that may be addressed during an individual’s time at Renewal Center of White Deer Run or New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown include the following:

  • Men’s Issues (New Directions only)
  • Women’s Issues (Renewal Center only)
  • Anger management
  • Budgeting
  • Mental health
  • Life Skills
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Big Book Study
  • 12-Step Study
  • Spirituality

Family therapy – Family can play an important role in promoting continued recovery, but many families are hindered in their attempts to support their loved ones because of issues such as poor communication skills, unresolved pain caused by the loved one’s substance abuse, and dysfunctional family processes. At Renewal Center of White Deer Run and New Directions of White Deer Run in Johnstown participants and their invited family members have the opportunity to take part in one or two family therapy sessions with an experienced counselor.

Continuing care – Whether he or she is transitioning to another level of care or returning home, each person who completes rehab at New Directions of White Deer Run and Renewal Center of White Deer Run in Johnstown will leave with a comprehensive discharge plan that identifies the community-based services and other resources that will support his or her continued recovery. Continuing care planning is completed via a collaborative process that involves the individual in treatment and a counselor.

Comprehensive Care

From detox through residential rehabilitation, outpatient services, and halfway house opportunities, the White Deer Run Treatment Network is dedicated to providing a comprehensive continuum of care that meets individuals’ current needs and the helps them to achieve their treatment objectives. For those who can benefit from the unique type of care that is provided at the halfway house level, New Directions of White Deer Run and Renewal Center of White Deer Run in Johnstown can be essential steps along the path of successful lifelong recovery.

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