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Diversion Program Program Overview

Diversion serves the needs of individuals who have a history of serious and persistent mental illness through counseling, skill-building and support.

The Lancaster Diversion Program is a community-based program designed to serve the needs of individuals who have a history of serious and persistent mental illness and long-term and/or multiple hospitalizations. It is also designed to serve individuals identified by BH/DS staff as being at risk for state hospital services due to a severe psychiatric illness.

Our mission is to provide a safe, home-like environment to help individuals develop emotional, relational, and daily living skills needed to function in a more independent. Treatment services are short-term, intensive and flexible to meet a person’s specific needs for recovery. Family members and other significant individuals are invited to be involved with the ongoing treatment of residents.  Program participants have an active role in their treatment and are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities available in the community. They are challenged to attempt new and different tasks with the understanding that recovery is a growth process.

Lancaster Diversion Offers:

  • Supportive Counseling
  • Therapy of varying modalities
  • Educational programs
  • Behavioral Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community Re-Integration Sills (i.e,. independent living, social, leisure)

Psychiatric Services

The program psychiatrist meets with each resident once a week for treatment review and medication management. There is also a program nurse, who oversees the administration of medications and the overall medical management of each resident.