About The Program

New Directions is a year round program that provides a unique combination of specialized mental health treatment and comprehensive educational services. It is the only licensed partial hospitalization program in Fayette County as well as a Private Academic School. New Directions is licensed through the PA Department of Education and Department of Human Services.

New Directions offers a comprehensive mental health treatment program to children and adolescents that have moderate to severe symptoms manifested as problems with home, community and school adjustments. New Directions serves clients from grades K-12.

The target objectives for New Directions are to treat the underlying mental health conditions, to assist the child/adolescent to cope with problems more successfully and learn to demonstrate more age-appropriate, pro-social and rewarding behaviors.

The ultimate goal is for the child to be able to successfully re-enter the traditional public school setting, be productive in their communities, and well-adjusted in their families.

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.

For more information, call (724) 434 - KIDS (5437).

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


7:30 am – 3:00 pm – Monday through Friday
New Directions follows the Laurel Highlands School District Calendar