supervised Independent Living


The DARS Inc. Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program serves adolescent males, 16-20, who are in need of developing independent and functioning living skills, need a continuation of drug and alcohol treatment, and/or lack an appropriate release resource. The program’s balance of structure and freedom, implemented by caring counselors in a supportive environment, provides a life-changing experience for clients as they prepare for the next step in their lives.

Individuals can continue to work on their educational goals by attending school at Prospect Grove High School, a private school licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Based on the need of the individual, they can work towards earning a high school diploma or GED. Those who have completed high school or GED have the opportunity to continue their education by attending post-secondary institutions.


There are three pathways that clients can take while they are in the SIL Program- independent living, reintegration back home, or transition to a post-secondary education institution or the military. In all three paths, clients will receive individual and group counseling, attend community 12-step meetings, develop independent living skills that support individualized needs, and have opportunities to obtain employment in the Lancaster community.

Independent Living

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Reintegration Back Home

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Transitioning Forward

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Court fines and court costs paid paid in 2018/2019 by SIL.

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Clients are gainfully employed while they are in the SIL Program.

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Clients who completed treatment were set up with aftercare appointments.

it Takes One

Some young men who graduate and complete our program are the first of their family, neighborhood, or community to make choices towards a better tomorrow. But it only takes one. And we focus on each one here – where change begins for a better tomorrow.