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Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Provider Standards

Under Pennsylvania law, the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) is responsible for the development of standards for the evaluation and treatment of persons found by the courts to be sexually violent predators or sexually violent delinquent children.

In 1998, the SOAB convened a sexually violent predator treatment and management standards workgroup, comprised of SOAB Members, private sector service providers, victim advocates, representatives of the Court of Common Pleas, the Governor’s Office, the Pennsylvania Departments of Corrections and Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Parole Board and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The standards developed by this workgroup reflected its research into national standards for best practice in the treatment and management of sexually violent predators. The SOAB treatment standards were thoroughly reviewed and revised again in 2012.

Pennsylvania law defines a sexually violent predator as a person convicted of one or more of the a sexually violent offenses specified in the law and who has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses. 



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​Minimum Standards for Sex Offender Treatment Programs

​Assessment and Evaluation

​Provider Credentials


​Consent to Treatment