Specialized In-Home Treatment Services

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The Specialized In-Home Treatment Program—or SPIN—is an intensive, family-based mental health program that provides individual counseling, individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and group therapy to youths between 8 and 18 (with occasional age exceptions made on an individual basis) who have sexual-behavior issues that meet “medical-necessity” criteria for this services.

SPIN’s mission is to reduce sexual victimization by providing treatment services to youths who sexually act out or offended—and by providing education and treatment services to family members of youths who sexually act out or offended, 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 under way
  • Youths identified as sexually reactive
  • Youths who are acting out in sexual manners that are causing youth, family, school or community distress

Many youths in SPIN are referred as an alternative to out-of-home placement or as a step-down from a more restrictive level of care.

Specialized In-Home Services programming averages one to one-and-one-half years of intensive services from completion of the assessment phase.


Youths are most often referred by:

  • Juvenile probation departments
  • County children and youth agencies
  • Mental Health/Mental Retardation (IDD) agencies
  • Psychological and psychiatric evaluators
  • Residential facilities
  • Outpatient counselors
  • Inpatient hospitals
  • Adoption and foster care agencies

The Diakon Specialized In-Home Program currently is state-approved to serve the following counties:

  • Adams
  • Bradford
  • Clinton
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Lycoming
  • Perry 
  • Sullivan
  • York

Additionally, youths from Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Mifflin and Juniata counties are approved, but evaluated on an individual basis by the affiliated managed care insurance company.

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

Ashley Meyers at (717) 579-2999

Spin 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