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Department of Human Services Revokes Glen Mills Schools’ Licenses


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today revoked all 14 licenses issued to the Glen Mills Schools following documented instances of abuse against former students of the residential school. The revocation comes due to a failure to abide by the Human Services Code and DHS regulations, gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct in operating the facility, and mistreatment and abuse of children in Glen Mills’ care.

“Institutions charged with caring for children have a responsibility to keep them safe. The Glen Mills Schools failed in this duty,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller.  “We now know that children living at Glen Mills were subjected to abuse and intimidation. My department is taking this action so no more children will be subjected to the culture of abuse, coercion, and silence that ran deep at the school, and so staff responsible may be held accountable.”

DHS’ Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) delivered the revocation to the Glen Mills Schools today. This action follows an emergency removal order of all students remaining at the Glen Mills Schools on March 25. There are currently no students residing at the Glen Mills Schools. 

The Glen Mills Schools has 10 calendar days to appeal DHS’ decision. If an appeal is requested, it will be heard by DHS’ Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. The previously issued emergency removal order, which the school has appealed, remains in place.


Individuals looking to report suspected emotional or physical abuse, mistreatment, intimidation, or coercion should contact Pennsylvania’s ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. All reports made to ChildLine are forwarded to appropriate investigating entities.

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