About Us...

Pentz Run Youth Services, Inc., a non-profit agency, began operations in 1976.  In the early years, when we were known as Bi-County, the focus was on Drug and Alcohol counseling and treatment.  Bi-County started as a halfway house for persons being discharged from D&A treatment programs and evolved into a licensed treatment program, offering inpatient D&A treatment to adolescents as well as outpatient counseling to the general and incarcerated population.

In September of 1994, our program changed direction and became a group home and emergency shelter for adolescents. The group home and emergency shelter provides services for adolescent males and females, ages 10 through 17.  The purpose of the program is to provide a safe, secure, nurturing environment for youth that require short or long-term alternatives to family living. Our program has been designed to provide a highly structured, nurturing environment. Residents are given the opportunity to grow socially, intellectually, physically, morally and spiritually.  We believe the program we have designed provides youth the opportunity to develop these skills and begin putting their lives in order; enabling them to make worthwhile contributions not only to their families, peers, community and society, but also to themselves.  We were originally licensed for 15 beds and increased our capacity to 18 due to an increase in referrals.  We have been successfully operating the group home and shelter for over 20 years with referrals coming from numerous counties in Western/Central PA.  This remains the main focus of our agency due to the continued need for a safe place for high risk and disadvantaged youth.

Our residential programs also include our Transitional Living Program, consisting of two individual apartments located across the street from our main facility.  This program is designed to help older youth gain their independence in a semi-supervised yet totally supportive environment. The apartments are each equipped with their own living/kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom with the two units sharing laundry facilities.

Pentz Run also contracts with several county agencies to provide independent living services to you in the community.  Jefferson, Cameron, Elk, Clearfield and Clarion counties are served by our mobile independent living staff who are able to share resources and ideas enhancing the quality and quantity of services available to the youth in these counties.