Childhood / Early Teen (6-15)

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)

Did you know that UPMC – Beaver County Crisis has moved?

What is IBHS?

The Office of Mental Health Services (OMHSAS) has created and licensed a
new children’s service, as BHRS is no longer an existing service.

This new service is Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) and offers therapeutic interventions and supports for children, youth or young adults under the age of 21 with mental, emotional or behavioral health needs. The services can be provided in the home, school or other community setting. IBHS includes Individual Services, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services, Group Services, and Evidence-Based Therapy (EBT) provided through these modalities.

Click here to visit our IBHS webpage and learn more.

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.

“Support your child’s behavioral health through the pandemic and beyond.”

(a Beacon Lens publication, authored by Jessica Langenhan, MD, MBA)

April 1, 2021

“Adjusting to the “new normal” during this past year’s pandemic may leave us wondering what exactly is considered unhealthy. Regarding child and adolescent mental health, the line between typical developmental behaviors and those that require professional help can be difficult to discern even in the best of times—which means monitoring for unhealthy behaviors is that much more important during the ongoing public health crisis.

It is understandable if a child or teen is . . . ” continue reading


Transition Age Mobile Crisis is a short-term service in Beaver County that will respond by phone within 1 hour and attempt face-to-face contact in 24 hours to assess, stabilize, and link families to available supports and services while offering side-by-side support. Referrals can come from provider agencies, Courts, Schools, Self-referrals, CYS, etc.

Have Questions? Young people who are experiencing a crisis (and their family members) are encouraged to call us at 724-630-5189.

crisis text line

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.)

Print and share this information:
Crisis Text Line Flyer 1
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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.

(Information provided by the Child-Mind Institute:
2020 Children’s Mental Health Report | Telehealth in an Increasingly Virtual World)

Considering Telehealth for your child? Learn more . . .

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 . . .

Need to Talk to Someone? You’re not alone …. explore options!

Additional help and support for parents during COVID-19

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.

Print and share the fact sheet. 

The Guide to Teen Health and Safety

“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 . . .” 

“Am I depressed?”:  How teens can find mental health help online.  

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. 

Mental Health Consent Law FAQ flyer   

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.

Provider Directory and Resource Guide for Beaver County HealthChoices Members

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)

Community Alternatives

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.

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Mental Health Association
Community Advocacy Program

105 Brighton Avenue
Rochester, PA  15074
Phone:  724.775.4165
Fax:  724.775.8523

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.

Western PA Psych Care

(Immediate appointments available for therapists and less than a month wait for a psychiatrist!)

1607 Third St.
Beaver, PA 15009
(724) 728-8411

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.

Franklin Center

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

Contact the Assistant Coordinator

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

(Keystone Wellness Programs is a program partner of Drug Free Aliquippa.   Email or phone 724.432.3474 to join Drug Free Aliquippa or for more information.)


. . . 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

Independent Evaluator Directory

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.

Children’s TiPS

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.

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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

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

Pittsburgh Office:

429 Fourth Avenue
Suite 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1505
412.391.5225 [Voice]
412.467.8940 [Fax]

Family Resource Guide  

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.

Introducing On-Site Dentistry.

Beaver County System of Care Drug and Alcohol Resources

 LGBTQ Resources

Center For Hope

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

Community and family resources in response to a School Shooting


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.

How to Identify if Your Teen is Stealing Your Prescription Drugs

Talking to Your Kids About Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Ultimate Do’s and Don’ts Guide

Intervention eBook: What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs

Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Teens and Young Adults

What is Binge Drinking?  Is it dangerous?

Addiction and the Adopted Child: A Look at the Links

Trusted Counsel: Does Your Tween Need Therapy?

TIP SHEET: Leaving Children Home Alone

  • What to consider before leaving your child home alone
  • Tips for parents
  • Resources, including State-specific links