Short-term Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (pRTF)

Short-term Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (pRTF)

Short-term Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (pRTF)
The short-term psychiatric residential treatment facility (pRTF) offers children and adolescents a transition to family living with community-based services over the period of 14 to 60 days.

The pRTF is a 10-bed unit at Millcreek Community Hospital for children ages 7-17. With a 1:4 staff to youth ratio and 24/7 supervision, the pRTF program provides a supportive environment that promotes success through the delivery of therapeutic intervention in the least restrictive environment while supporting patients in close proximity to their family, school, and community.


  • Highly structured, consistent schedule to create sustainable positive patient outcomes
  • Trauma informed care model
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Collaboration with community-based services


Each day follows an individualized schedule including:

  • Daily Routine
    • meals | hygiene
  • Positive Behavior Reinforcement
    • restructuring | redirection | coaching | reflection | use of rewards/consequences
  • Therapeutic and Educational Groups
    • coping skills | problem solving | whole body wellness | interpersonal interactions | mindfulness
  • Treatment Planning
    • motivational interviewing | value identification | goal setting | family engagement

For Providers

To refer a patient, please send completed pRTF Referral Form and a copy of current psychiatric evaluation recommending PRTF by email to or by fax to (814) 868-7793. If you have any questions please call, (814) 868-8286.

Printable Information & Forms:

pRTF Information Sheet
pRTF Referral Form

For general inquiries related to behavioral health assessments or available services, please contact the LECOM Behavioral Health Clinical Liaison at (814) 881-5393. Calls will be answered and returned during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding major holidays.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a behavioral health emergency, please visit the Millcreek Community Hospital Emergency Department for an evaluation. Those in Erie County, PA may call Crisis Services at (814) 456-2014. For individuals outside of Erie County, PA, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or visit your nearest emergency department.