Treatment Team

Loren H. Crabtree, MD

Dr Loren H CrabtreeDuring his forty-eight years as a psychiatrist, Dr. Loren Crabtree has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment settings. Over thirty-two years ago, he co-founded Project Transition (“PT”), a unique recovery-focused residential program established to empower adults to manage their mental illness. Located throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Project Transition combines a comprehensive and integrated array of services in a highly normalized community setting.

Dr. Crabtree received his training at Yale University and University of Pennsylvania; he was also intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  He has published over 20 articles and served as a clinical faculty member at two medical colleges in Philadelphia.  He has also has served as a clinical faculty member at two medical colleges in Philadelphia.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crabtree has given over 100 presentations at national, state, and local venues; audiences have included consumer, family, and professional groups.  His talks have addressed contemporary recovery challenges of hope associated with patterns of family care giving, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Co-occurring Disorders, and others.

Dr. Crabtree is the recipient of a national Lilly Reintegration Award, which acknowledged his contributions in documenting and responding to health risks of people with serious mental illness.  He was awarded the prestigious Robert Jones Award for service to the seriously mentally ill by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society in 2010.

"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."


"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."


"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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