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)
Inclusion in Early Childhood
Pennsylvania’s PROMISE for Children, known as PA Promise, is a campaign to help families make good choices about their child’s early learning and choose quality early learning programs that are right for their family. The Pennsylvania Office of Early Learning and Development (OCDEL) is the primary partner in PA Promise.
Pennsylvania ECE programs have worked for years to establish inclusive program policies and opportunities for all young children and increase the number of children with disabilities in ECE programs. OCDEL will continue building on the success of this work to ensure access to high-quality inclusive programing is available for all young children and their families.
Get details, including next steps, in the Announcement DS-03, Inclusion of All Children in Early Childhood Education Programs in Pennsylvania.
Suspensions and Expulsions
A child’s first five years are the most critical for neurological development.
This is why responding to young children’s behaviors by suspending or expelling them from early childhood education (ECE) programs threatens their well-being during a critical period of learning.
To highlight ways in which early childhood education (ECE) professionals should work to focus on preventative and responsive strategies for healthy child development, Trying Together has released a white paper entitled, “A Pathway to Reduce and Eliminate Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions.” This white paper is meant to provide guidance for stakeholders at all levels – teachers in the classroom, directors of programs, early interventionists, quality coaches, mental and behavioral health specialists, advocates, families, and policymakers.
Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Development?
Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.
Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.
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 coronavirus pandemic has been hard on kids and teens everywhere — especially those who were already dealing with mental health challenges. Telehealth (which uses technology to deliver healthcare remotely) has emerged as a promising treatment option for children’s mental health.
The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Staunton Clinic is now taking referrals
Youth Acute Partial Hospitalization Services available at Glade Run’s Zelienople campus
We are all grieving something . . .
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 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.
Men and Boys Initiatives is a program for young M.A.L.E.S., ages 10 – 17.
(Maturing, Achieving, Learning, Empowering, Self!)
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.
Beaver County HealthChoices Program
Child & Adolescent Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluations
The listings of Independent Evaluators in this Directory may change or be updated. Please call the toll-free Beaver County Member Services Line (1-877-688-5970) to ensure that you have the most current Directory.
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 of 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 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
Special Needs support for Allegheny County and surrounding areas.
See the Top Ten questions families ask about special needs support.
Includes family-recommended tips!
Miracle Dental Associates Integrated Dentistry for Children and Special Needs from ages 0-20. Occupational therapists, therapy dogs, and other useful modalities are used to increase positive experiences with an emphasis on those with spectrum and psychological diagnoses.
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+)
Too SMART To START a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Through this initiative, SAMHSA provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help them conduct an underage alcohol use prevention program. The materials are designed to educate “tweens” about the harms of alcohol use, and as a support to parents and caregivers.
- What to consider before leaving your child home alone
- Tips for parents
- Resources, including State-specific links