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Our Story  

Laurel Life began providing behavioral health services to Franklin County residents in 2002.  Since that time, we have expanded our influence to 11 counties in Central Pennsylvania, providing services in home, community, educational, and office settings.  Our team of mental health professionals has established a set of best practices for dealing with a wide range of complex needs. Our dedicated, compassionate team provides individualized, client-centered solutions, leading to recognition by the National Council for Behavioral Health for completion of the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Collaborative and being voted Mental Health Provider of the Year by the York/Adams County MHH/ID Department.

Mental Health Provider of the Year, York/Adams County MHH/ID Department

We at Laurel Life recognize most individuals in need of behavioral health services are trauma survivors. Addressing trauma and focusing on the root causes of unwanted behaviors enables the team at Laurel Life to make a positive, lasting impact. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a proven approach to behavioral health treatment and classroom management. It focuses on treatment partnerships and aims to increase an individual’s unique strengths and resources, building coping skills to deal with stressors.  The goal of trauma–informed care is to create a safe and welcome environment that empowers individual self-directed healing through collaborations and trusting relationships.


Treatment methods across all available programs are strength based, recovery oriented, and promote resiliency. Clients focus on self-determination and on building protective factors (personal, familial, and community supports that buffer, moderate, and protect against vulnerabilities). These factors are identified through an assessment process.  The collaborative focus is on supporting long-term stabilization of symptoms and linkage with community resources. Services will foster independence, restoration of lost connections, and support participation in pro-social community activities.

Our Vision

To champion a new era of specialized care that empowers positive change

and inspires triumph over adversity

Each and every day, we at Laurel Life strive to become the industry leader in delivering specialized services that alleviate adversity, promote personal growth and reinvigorate one’s capacity to transcend challenges. We seek to lead by example and to champion a new era where our high standard of evidence-based best practices is the accepted industry standard that teachers, therapists and other service providers aspire to achieve.


Through our nationally recognized levels of specialized care, our extensive network of certified experts provides a level of intervention that empowers positive change. The impact of these interventions and services are evident in the ways that the people we serve are able to grow, change habits, adopt healthy behaviors and make improvements to daily functioning. Since coping with difficulties and transcending individual challenges is a lifelong journey, our dedicated team builds resiliency and inspires triumph over adversity at every step of the way so the people we serve can flourish and thrive.

Our Mission

We understand how challenging and complex life can be. We also delight in the joy and hope we see when lives are transformed by new coping strategies, healthier relationships, and upbeat attitudes. That’s why as an organization, we devote every day to this simple, yet extremely important mission:   


Easing Adversity, Inspiring Growth.


Each one of these four words was chosen carefully to reflect our unwavering commitment to our clients and our dedication to helping them live happier, fuller and more productive lives:

Easing Adversity Inspiring Growth


Ultimately, we seek to provide an authentic and attainable outcome for the people we serve. Unlike physical illness, behavioral health diagnoses are not cured; the impact of a traumatic experience will always be there. We believe these symptoms can be significantly alleviated, however, by mastering new skills and behaviors that empower individuals to deal with the past while living in the present.


Many of our clients have experienced an adverse childhood experience or trauma, such as abuse or violence. Others face different circumstances, like living with autism. No matter what type of adversity people have faced in the past or what they will face in the future, we believe they are united in their ability to be resilient and to transform their lives for the better.


Hope and optimism are vital to the healing process. We strive to instill these qualities in both our clients and our staff. By encouraging people to take ownership of their lives, show initiative, and make positive changes, we help them achieve the outcomes they desire.


Everyone moves forward at a different pace. We recognize that one person’s progress may look much different than another’s. Rather than viewing growth as a one-time objective to be reached, we believe it is a mindset that supports ongoing recovery and resilience.

Our Core Values

Just the like the people we serve, Laurel Life operates according to a set of core values that reflect the essence of our identity and our existence. These ideals support our mission, shape the culture, and establish clear expectations for our actions and our behaviors. Day-in and day-out, this set of fundamental beliefs and competencies guide how we make decisions, provide services and treat others.   Following an extensive review process, the core values listed below were identified to be the most crucial, influential, and universal factors in promoting positive outcomes for our company. These authentic values not only describe what sets Folium apart and explain our competitive advantage, but they also allow us to better share our beliefs and our story with everyone we encounter.   All current and future Folium employees will embody these values in their word and deed, enabling us to form a collective identity and approach that defines our success. For us, living out these values isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We firmly believe our ability to fulfill our mission is deeply rooted in our ability to be:


We know that people perform best when they have a clear purpose and a clear goal. That’s why with every interaction and intervention, we are single-minded in our approach, acting with a sense of accountability that’s mindful of the past, focused on the present and thoughtful of the future. 


We believe in the power of teamwork. From the bonds we form with our colleagues to the relationships we form with our clients, we build and grow our connections with one another by prioritizing open communication, establishing trust, acting with empathy and working together to provide exemplary services to all. 


We expect and embrace change, and we seek to proactively respond to circumstances and situations as they evolve. Our ability to adapt is reflected in our comprehensive treatment approach, which recognizes the vast number of factors that impact one’s life experience and is informed by the latest research-based advances, regulations and requirements. 


We make progress happen. As agents of positive change, our team employs innovative, evidence-based practices and techniques to motivate our clients and to empower them to relentlessly pursue the best possible future for their lives. 

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