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Diversion & Acute Stabilization Program


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521 Route 228
Mars, PA 16046

(724) 625-3141

The Diversion and Acute Stabilization (DAS) Program is an acute treatment facility that provides an alternative to inpatient hospitalization for children and adolescents; ages 9-17. The program features basic psychiatric assessment and medication monitoring, intensive individual, family and group therapy, case management services during the course of treatment, educational services and organized activities that will prepare residents for integration back into the community or in some situations to stabilize prior to moving on to another level of care.

Emphasis in the DAS Program is placed on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic model.  This model allows us to engage residents in a safe environment that provides them with insight to precursors for behavioral and psychiatric issues that manifest acutely.  Mars Home for Youth is also a Sanctuary Accredited organization.  The DAS Program includes all aspects of the Sanctuary Model in providing trauma informed care during a resident’s stay.

The environment at MHY affords the client a more homelike and comfortable environment where the adolescent can be evaluated and participate in the therapeutic setting.  The program will continue to be licensed under the 3800 Regulations for Children and Youth Providers and is overseen by DPW and OMHSAS.


The twenty-five bed facility is staffed 24/7 with an ideal complement of clinical and front-line staff with access to all the amenities that the Mars campus has to offer, including recreational and educational activities, medical staff and cafeteria.

With referrals from Health Choices the facility remains at or near capacity.


MHY is a Sanctuary, Trauma Based Organization.

Referrals and questions concerning the program can be directed to 724-625-3141.

CLICK HERE for the DAS Referral Form

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