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Children’s Family Based Mental Health

Mental health treatment, family support services and case management integrated services are provided to families so they can continue caring for their child within the home. This program is for children who meet medical necessity criteria for FBHMS, require a higher level of care and are at risk of an out-of-home placement without further intervention.

The goal is to strengthen the family unit by teaching families how to care for their child or adolescent, who is diagnosed with an emotional and/or behavioral problem, and sustain the principles taught, after treatment has ended to reduce the need for out-of-home placement.

Services are provided by the Family Based team, composed of the program director, a mental health professional and a mental health worker. This team ensures that services are well-coordinated and delivered in an integrated manner. As a community-based program, services are facilitated in the home, community and/or school if needs present.

The Family Based team works with the family to identify all support systems that can be included in the child and family’s treatment. By partnering with other support systems, the Family Based team encourages families to become involved in their community and helps increase their access to community support services. The team helps families restore and build upon relationships, and educates parents while working on building their feelings of empowerment as a parent, increasing executive functioning and building positive coping skills to better care for their child and preserve the family unit.

Discharge and aftercare planning begins from the first day of service. Families with adequate support upon discharge are more likely to maintain the gains made while in the program. The Family Based team encourages all family members participate through the eight months of treatment and works hard in developing individualized and client-centered services for each unique family.

The scope of Family Based Mental Health Services include:

  • 24/7 Crisis Intervention
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Family Support Services
  • Advocacy
  • Inter-agency Collaboration

Children and adolescents must meet the following criteria:

  • Be under 21 years of age and enrolled in school
  • Possess a serious mental illness and/or emotional disturbance
  • At high risk of out-of-home placement
  • Involved with multiple systems
  • Prescribed services by a physician, psychiatrist or licensed psychologist
  • Has at least one adult family member who agrees to participate in the program

Once accepted, the child and family are initially eligible for a 32-week service period.

Central Pennsylvania Office Locations:
Reading Office
560 Van Reed Road – Suite 304
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: (610) 396-3672
Fax: (610) 396-3679
Counties served: Berks

Northeastern Pennsylvania Office Locations:
Berwick Office
118 C East 3rd Street
Berwick, PA 18603
Phone: (570) 752-1681
Fax: (570) 752-2702
Counties served: Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union

Bethlehem Office
3894 Courtney Street – Suite 100
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: (610) 973-0970
Fax: (610) 395-1814
Counties served: Lehigh and Northampton

Minersville Office
2880 Pottsville Minersville Pike – Suite 150
Minersville, PA 17954
Phone: (570) 544-9723
Fax: (570) 544-9724
Counties served: Northumberland and Schuylkill

Wilkes-Barre Office
100 North Wilkes Barre Boulevard – Suite 209
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: (570) 609-0627
Fax: (570) 609-0691
Counties served: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Wyoming

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