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New Directions is open.

It’s Another Fabulous School Year at New Directions!

The New Directions Team is ready and prepared to meet your child’s treatment needs. We are excited to start another year with creative ideas, adventures and surprises! We promise to do our best to keep everyone safe during these trying times. WELCOME BACK!

Promoting Children’s Mental Health in the Midst of an Ongoing Pandemic

Dr. Maneta, Medical Director at New Directions, discusses children’s mental heath during the Coronavirus.

About The Program

New Directions is a year round program that provides a unique combination of specialized mental health treatment and comprehensive educational services.  New Directions is the only licensed partial hospitalization program in Fayette County as well as a Private Academic School.  The purpose of New Directions is to offer a comprehensive mental health treatment program for children and adolescents. The program addresses moderate to severe symptoms.

Services Offered

Mental Health

New Directions is a year round program that offers a full array of services including Intake and Assessment, Therapeutic Services, Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, and Discharge Planning.  Services are provided by Therapists, PA Certified Teachers, Nurses, and a Child Psychiatrist.


Educational Services are provided in full coordination with the therapeutic interventions and the educational and clinical staff functioning as one unit.  New Directions offers both regular and special education.  New Directions is a PA Department of Education licensed Private Academic School.

STEM Room and Makerspace

A Makerspace room is a place where young students have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use materials to develop creative projects.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, participate in problem-solving, collaborate with others, and work through their creative process.

Objectives of new Directions

Treat underlying mental health conditions.
Assist child/adolescent to cope with problems.
Learn to demonstrate more age appropriate behaviors.
Learn to demonstrate more age appropriate social skills.
To be more productive in their communities.
To become well adjusted within their families.
To adjust to transitions and changes in their lives.
Successfully re-enter the traditional public school setting.

We Can Help With...

Children and adolescents who meet the following criteria are eligible for this program:
  • Treating underlying mental health conditions
  • Develop coping skills
  • Teaching age appropriate behaviors
  • Teaching age appropriate social skills
  • To become productive in their communities
  • To become well-adjusted within their families
  • To adjust to transitions and changes in their lives
  • Successfully re-enter the traditional public school setting

Referral Process

Children may be referred to New Directions by family members, mental health providers, social service agencies, school personnel, and insurance providers. The referral form is available below. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader it can be filled out on your computer then printed, otherwise print the form and fill out in pen. Once filled out, the form can be faxed to (724) 439 - 8487, mailed to, or taken to any of our locations. For security reasons do not send these forms over email. If you have questions regarding the referral process please call 724-437-0729.

Our Location

Summer Hours 8:35 am – 3:00 pm – Monday through Friday
New Directions follows the Laurel Highlands School District Calendar
Areas Served New Directions is available to children in surrounding counties.
Tours Tours can be scheduled upon request.
Payment Commercial Insurance
County Funded Sliding Fee Scale