Family-Based Mental Health for Problematic Sexual Behaviors 

The Family-Based Mental Health for Problematic Sexual Behaviors is an intensive, family-based mental health program that provides individual counseling, individual therapy, family therapy and case management who have sexual-behavior issues that meet “medical-necessity” criteria for this service.

The mission is to reduce sexual victimization by providing treatment services to youths who sexually act out or offend—and by providing education and treatment services to family members of youths who sexually act out or offend so that the youths have support to maintain low-risk behaviors.

The youths we serve have identified issues that impede functioning in their home, school or community. Other criteria used for referrals include ...

  • Adjudicated delinquent youths with sexual behavior charges
  • Youths stepping down from residential placements
  • Youths investigated by ChildLine
  • Youths alleged to have committed sexual offenses, but for whom no legal action is underway
  • Youths identified as sexually reactive
  • Youths who are acting out in sexual manners that are causing youth, family, school or community distress

Many are referred to Diakon's program as an alternative to out-of-home placement or as a step-down from a more restrictive level of care.

This programming averages one to one-and-one-half years of intensive services from the completion of the assessment phase.


Family-Based Mental Health Services are intensive, in-home services lasting approximately 32 weeks, with families receiving both individual and family therapy in their home. A team of mental health professionals provides multiple weekly contacts.

Throughout the course of treatment, the team assists families in such areas as …

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Case-management services
  • Advocacy
  • 24-hour crisis management
  • Treatment team meetings
  • Family support services
  • Support with community activities
  • Transition planning prior to discharge
  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors (if applicable)

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Ashley Meyers at (717) 579-2999

Intake Form

Available at these locations:

960 Century Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 795-0330
Toll-free: 1-866-700-6868
Fax: (717) 795-0407
435 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 322-7873
Toll-free: 1-866-244-5760
Fax: (570) 322-8026