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Our people

At New Hope, the drive is simple: change the world, one kid at a time, through the healing power of relationships. What is the New Hope difference? Our people show up every day, passionate about changing young people’s lives.

It’s our name and our promise: new hope for every kid who comes through our doors.

Since our opening in 1987, New Hope Treatment Centers has been a welcoming place for young people in moments of crisis. Our programs have played a role in countless success stories, thanks to our relational approach to behavioral care. We get to know our kids on an individual level, and work with them and their families toward a brighter next chapter.

We believe that positive, empowering, and healthy relationships are the key to changing young lives that have been impacted by childhood trauma.
Meet our founders
George H. Orvin, M.D.
August 6, 1922 - August 29, 2014

In the early 1960s, Dr. George Orvin pioneered a world-renowned adolescent treatment program that integrated individual, group, family, and multifamily therapies. The founder and Chairman of New Hope Treatment Centers, Dr. Orvin was also a Professor of Psychiatry at The Medical University of South Carolina until 1989, when he was designated as Professor Emeritus. A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a fellow of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, the Royal Society of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Southern Psychiatric Association, he is also credited with more than 180 international publications and presentations.

A Citadel graduate, Dr. Orvin received his Doctor of Medicine and psychiatric training at The Medical University of South Carolina and the Maudsley Hospital at The University of London in England. As Founder and President of the Carolinas Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Orvin also served as Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Commission for Alcohol & Drug Abuse (1973 - 1988) and Senior Editor of the Annals of Adolescent Psychiatry (1975 - 1997).

Jay S. Orvin

Jay Orvin’s career path has led him from leadership positions in real estate brokerage, real estate development, and product manufacturing to nursing homes and behavioral health. In 1987, Jay joined his father, Dr. George H. Orvin, to create New Hope Treatment Centers, the first-of-its-kind residential psychiatric treatment center with a family-centric approach.

Under Mr. Orvin’s leadership, New Hope Treatment Centers grew from a single facility in Charleston, South Carolina, to a nationally recognized network of inpatient and community-based behavioral healthcare providers.

If I had two wishes, I know what they would be

I’d wish for Roots to cling to, and Wings to set me free;

Roots of inner values, like rings within a tree;
and Wings of independence to seek my destiny.
Roots to hold forever to keep me safe and strong,
To let me know you love me, when I've done something wrong;
To show me by example, and help me learn to choose,
To take those actions every day to win instead of lose.
Just be there when I need you, to tell me it's all right,
To face my fear of falling when I test my wings in flight;
Don't make my life too easy, it's better if I try,
And fail and get back up myself, so I can learn to fly.
If I had two wishes, and two were all I had,
And they could just be granted, by my Mom and Dad;
I wouldn't ask for money or any store-bought things.
The greatest gifts I'd ask for are simply Roots and Wings.

Three decades of hope—and counting

George H. Orvin, M.D. serves as Chief of the Adolescent Psychiatry Department at MUSC, evolving the practice from long-term, acute hospital settings to family-focused residential treatment.


In Berkeley County, SC, Dr. Orvin founds New Hope, a residential program providing high-management rehabilitative services under SC DSS licensure.


New Hope’s staff helps draft licensure standards for a new category of Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs): health care facilities requiring “Certificate of Need” approval.


New Hope relocates to a state-of-the-art, 44-bed treatment facility in Summerville, SC. By 1995, the facility has grown to a 60-bed capacity with both male and female units.


New Hope Carolinas, Inc. is developed to offer transitional or “step-down” services to young people who had previously been treated in more restrictive psychiatric settings.


New Hope Carolinas earns Accreditation with Commendation from The Joint Commission (TJC). In subsequent years, New Hope also receives Accreditation, the TJC’s revised status.


New Hope’s private onsite school receives national accreditation through AdvanceED, allowing credits to transfer back to residents’ Local Education Agency (LEA).


Along with practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Good Lives/Self-Regulation Models, New Hope creates a new tele-psychiatry program in partnership with MUSC.


The LEAP program launches at New Hope, serving youth on the Autism spectrum.


New Hope signs a contract to expand residential services into North Carolina, beginning with a program supporting adolescent girls.


New Hope Carolinas treats adolescents from across the country, operating as a 150-bed PRTF with a steadily increasing resident population.