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Melmark offers a full range of integrated programs and services for children with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, other neurological and genetic disorders and related challenging behaviors.
The Children’s Services admissions team takes great care to ensure that each contact and meeting provides valuable, helpful information. Our focus is on developing a strong partnership that reflects Melmark’s commitment to the highest level of quality programs and services for those entrusted to our care.
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Residential care facilities in Pennsylvania, such as alternative and therapeutic boarding schools for adolescents, are monitored and licensed by the Bureau of Family Health/Division of Child & Adult Health Services, specifically the Adolescent Health Program.
Private schools in Pennsylvania do not need to be accredited, but if a school chooses to do so, it may be accredited rather than licensed. Licensing requirements cover health, safety, staff and curriculum minimal standards . Licensed schools must employ certified teachers while non-licensed schools are not required to. Private schools must be taught in English and immunization records for all students are required . All school employees must be screened by the Department of Public Welfare for criminal history and basic background checks. Anyone not receiving a clearance from the department is not eligible for hire.