Manos House was established in 1972 for the purpose ofDSC_0002 helping young men free themselves from addiction and its associated problems, and to enable them to lead a rewarding, responsible life. It is a fifty bed, self-contained, residential treatment facility located in Columbia, PA. Manos House is a component of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (DARS) and is fully licensed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Health. Over the years, the overall approach and target population has changed but the general philosophy has remained the same.


Manos Philosophy

Manos is the next step forward; changing for the better and learning to avoid obstacles over which we have stumbled in the past.nextstep1

Manos is help; receiving the help we need and learning to help others.

Manos is responsibility; taking responsibility for our actions and acting responsibly even when we feel like doing otherwise.

Manos is truth; accepting the truth, speaking the truth, and realizing the importance of living a fulfilling life.

Today, we will take the next step, give and receive help, act responsibly, and seek truth.

Target Population

The target population is the adolescent male between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Referrals are made by probation departments, social service agencies, or by private referral. The client must be male and have no physical or mental impairments that might hinder the individual’s program progression, e.g. physically disabled to the extent he could not participate in work or recreational therapy or mentally incapable of comprehending program structure or values.

Typical clients have a history of substance abuse and delinquent behavior.

A referral can be made to the Treatment Director via telephone, fax or online. After receiving a referral, it is thoroughly reviewed by the Treatment Director or designee. If deemed appropriate on paper, a formal interview is scheduled and completed between the Treatment Director or designee and the prospective client. During the interview, the client must, at a minimum, show partial acceptance of one’s own problems and/ or symptoms and willingness to change, a willingness to accept staff direction and guidance, and a willingness to work toward program and aftercare goals.

Program Design

DARS, Inc. Manos House operates two lengths of stay for those referred for residential care. The traditional program (long-term care) is designed to be completed in six to nine months depending on the cooperation and progress of the client. Privileges and responsibilities are earned through compliance with program expectations and individual effort to participate in treatment. These privileges and responsibilities are measured through each client’s progress through the Status System, which reflects their overall behavior, desire to address personal change and effort toward meeting treatment goals. There is a minimum amount of time a resident must spend in each Status to ensure that the therapeutic outcomes are attained. However, the actual length of time varies according to the needs of the individual client. By progressing through the Status System, clients acquire the skills necessary to succeed within the program, as well as within society.

Within the residential facility, DARS, Inc. Manos House also operates a shorter-term length of stay that is designed to be completed within three to four months. The program is designed for those prospective clients that require out-of-home placement due to substance related issues, yet may not require the traditional six to nine months of care.7-art2 These clients present with a history of substance abuse/dependency related issues with limited exposure to drug and alcohol treatment or have been exposed to traditional thirty day rehabilitation facilities yet have continued to relapse following discharge. Short-term clients reside and interact with all other DARS, Inc. clients on a daily basis and are expected to abide by the same program structure and treatment schedule. The focus of the shorter-term program is to incorporate supports within the family early in treatment in order to assist in creating an environment that supports a healthy reunification following completion of the program. In order to maintain and achieve this goal, the client will progress through a Status System that will, over the course of three to four months, permit the client to acclimate back into his family and eventually community through a variety of family activities that include family counseling, Parent Communication Night, family day passes, and supervised home passes.