Not sure where to start? Call 724-847-6225, ask for a Drug and Alcohol (D&A), Intellectual Disability (ID),
or Mental Health (MH) Specialist.
UPMC – Beaver County Crisis #: 800-400-6180 (Available 24/7)
The Crisis Text Line provides access to free, 24/7 support and information.
For ANYONE, in ANY type of crisis, who prefers to use TEXT,
just text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US.)
The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Staunton Clinic (ages 13-18) is now taking referrals
Youth Acute Partial Hospitalization Services (ages 10-21) available at Glade Run’s Zelienople campus
For Children and Youth . . .
Addiction and the Brain: A video for kids
If you need help explaining addiction to your ‘kids’, this video explains how repeated substance misuse can hijack the brain, and why delaying use until the brain has matured is so important.
“Teens, we know you might be struggling during this pandemic . . . In this strange time of social distancing, your anxiety is at an all-time high, while your level of support may be at an all-time low . . .”
Mental Health America Provides a reputable screening tool (Youth Test)for ages 17 and under, based on symptoms. Youth can take the test, print the results, and share them with a parent, doctor, or someone else whom they trust.
This infographic provides clarity to the question, “Who can consent to a minor receiving mental health treatment?”
(provided by PA Family Alliance for Children’s Services)
Beacon Health Options (formerly “VBH-PA”)
P.O. Box 1840
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-1840
Toll Free Member Number: 1.877.688.5970
Managed behavioral health services for Medical Assistance (MA) recipients in Beaver County and 12 other Western Pennsylvania counties as part of the HealthChoices program.
Printable BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE (provided by Beacon Health Options of PA)
ReferralConnect – Search online for:
Individual Doctors, Counselors, Groups, and Clinics.
Hospitals and Programs
Search Tips and FAQ
Beaver County Local Resources for families of Children and Early Teens (6-15)
For the past 20+ years, Community Alternatives has served the Behavioral and Mental Health needs of Western Pennsylvania and Beaver County. A Program Overview is shown below (click for details):
Community Alternatives Outpatient Mental Health Services (brochure)
- Individual, group, and family counseling.
- Psychiatric assessment and medication management
- Counseling to address marital conflict and communication problems.
- Parenting and anger management skills training.
- Play and creative therapy.
Mentoring opportunities through Community Alternatives, Inc. (more info)
Most recently, program components are now available for specific needs of the schools, such as Girl Talk, a social support group for early teen females, as well as Bridging the Gap, which is a program that assists elementary-aged youth by having local high school students trained as mentors to work with them on projects for personal and community empowerment.
The Prevention Network and Class Academy
School and Community Programs
Click here to read recent Newsletters, learn about The Prevention Network and Class Academy’s
School and Community Programs, and access many printable forms and documents.
Mental Health Association
Community Advocacy Program
105 Brighton Avenue
Rochester, PA 15074
Family/Child Education Advocacy Program: Does your child need an evaluation for individualized support? Need assistance and advocacy with IDEA 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or gaining a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)? The Education Advocate at the MHA will help you understand Federal Education Laws and your child’s rights.
Learn more: Family/Child Education Advocacy Program
Beaver County HealthChoices Ombudsman: Provides assistance to adults, children, teens, and their families who are residents of Beaver County and recipients of mental health and/or substance use services through the network of Beacon Health Options (formerly Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania). The Ombudsman at the MHA helps educate individuals about their rights and responsibilities as it relates to behavioral health treatment and helps to resolve issues through the complaint and grievance procedures. The above link provides more information, a downloadable Member Handbook, and a Beaver County Directory.
(Immediate appointments available for therapists and less than a month wait for a psychiatrist!)
1607 Third St.
Beaver, PA 15009
With locations in Beaver, Baden, and Bridgeville, WPPC provides comprehensive mental health services for individuals (child, adolescent, adult, geriatric) of all ages. Services include Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, Outpatient Therapy, BHRS/Wraparound, School-Based Therapy, Group Therapy, Summer Therapeutic Activities Program, Early Intervention, and Specialized Autism Services.
To learn more:
Contact the Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Assistant Coordinator email@example.com
Call the Franklin Center at 724.378.2882.
Drug Free Aliquippa
. . . is now on Facebook! All-Stars Commitments features All-Stars on video as they make commitments towards their future. One student’s advice? “All dreams can be accomplished if you just try, focus, and believe.” These young people are so inspiring! Be sure to “Like” and “Share” the Drug-Free Aliquippa page. #drugfreealiquippa #allstars
. . . a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Learn more.
Available to children and adolescents in western Pennsylvania who are insured by Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and UPMC commercial insurance.
Children’s TiPS is designed to help connect primary care clinicians with child psychiatrists. The program aims to improve behavioral health treatment for children in the state by providing psychiatric consultation to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others who prescribe psychotropic medications.
With help from the Children’s TiPS teams, primary care clinicians in western Pennsylvania can effectively meet the needs of children and adolescents with mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Some youth may need specialty psychiatric care or have needs that can not be managed in a primary care setting. TiPS care coordinators are available to assist providers and families with locating additional treatment resources within their own communities.
The phone number for any questions: 1.844.WPA.TIPS / 1.844.972.8477.
Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs
Visit our Autism and other special needs webpage.
Verbal Beginnings provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children ages 2-18 who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using positive reinforcement and measurable goals, ABA is used to increase desired behavior across a variety of settings and social environments. It’s an individualized approach tailored to a child’s specific needs. For more information, call 855-344-5977 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Law Center
The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. The Center pursues this mission by advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable students — children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ students, and children experiencing homelessness.
Education Law Center
429 Fourth Avenue Suite 702
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP)
Disability Rights Pennsylvania protects and advocates for rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation. They provide information and assist with problems accessing needed disability services in all systems, including Juvenile Justice and Education.
Harrisburg toll-free: 1.800.692.7443
429 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1505
A multi-denominational, faith-based Charity/Community Center. Youth from the community are provided the opportunity to become strong, confident, and secure adults.
740 Park Road
Ambridge, PA 15003
Sue Otto, Director | ext. 112
Barbara Whisnant, Volunteer Coordinator | ext. 115
Other Web Resources for Teens and their Families
National Fatherhood Initiative
The National Fatherhood Initiative’s mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
Building Strong Families
This website will give you access to an in-depth report on a preliminary survey on what parents need to succeed. The Building Strong Families poll represents the first phase of an ongoing collaboration between the YMCA of the USA and Search Institute around strong families and parenting.
Child Mind Institute – an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Website Features: Topics A-Z, Ask an Expert Q & A, Symptom Checker, Glossary, Concerns, Disorders, and a Brainstorm Blog
Removing Barriers to help young men of color succeed. – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (For ages 12 to 18)
Help for Young People OK2TALK is a Tumblr community of teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems. Click to learn more and share your own photos, videos, text, and artwork. (For ages 13+)
- What to consider before leaving your child home alone
- Tips for parents
- Resources, including State-specific links