Late Teen / Transition Age (16-23)

JUST ADDED! Learn about ACT-SO, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

 

Not sure where to start?  Call 724-847-6225 and ask for a Drug and Alcohol (D&A),
Intellectual Disability (ID), or Mental Health (MH) Specialist. 

 

 

 Beaver County Crisis #:  800-400-6180    (Available 24/7)

 

 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
Crisis Text Line Flyer 2

 

 

 

NEW!

 

Seeking Safety Group

(Sponsored by PAAR and Beaver County CYS)

Seeking Safety is a psycho-educational group for survivors of sexual violence aimed at helping develop healthy coping skills for managing PTSD symptoms and engaging in healthy relationships.

Some group topics include: Safety, PTSD, Detaching from Emotional Pain, Taking Good Care of Yourself, Compassion, Red and Green Flags, Setting Boundaries in Relationships, Coping with Triggers, Healthy Relationships, Self-Nurturing, Healing from Anger, and more.

Learn more / Get the flyer

Tuesdays 10 AM—11:30 AM

For more information contact:
Melissa Moore, MS Ed., NCC, LPC
Phone: 412-735-5996
Email: melissam@paar.net

 

 

 

Mental Health Screening Tools

(provided by Mental Health America)

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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

(provided by Mashable)

 

 

 

Late Teen / Transition Age (16-23)

Beaver County Local Information

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

Reality Tour®

Beaver County Reality Tour®   Being a teen today is hard, and so is being a parent.  Alcohol?  Marijuana?  Social Media?  Opioids?  Let us help you start the conversation.  (New tour dates will be posted soon.)   Registration is required; click above to register online.

(Reality Tour® is presented locally by Keystone Wellness Programs on behalf of Beaver County Behavioral Health.)

 

 

 

 

Youth Ambassador Program    

An award-winning Mental Health Awareness and Prevention Program guided by many innovative high school students from all Beaver County School Districts.

Printable YAP Flyer

What is the Youth Ambassador Program?
What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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:

Removing barriers to help young men of color succeed. – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

 

 

Wesley Spectrum / Wonder Kids (WK)  A social skills group for children ages 5-21 which provides therapeutic and social relationship interventions designed to teach and enhance age-appropriate social skills for those who have an Autism Spectrum or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder diagnosis.

 

 

 

PRISM of Beaver County:  https://www.prismofbeavercounty.org/

Other local support, education and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, ages 13-24

 

 

 

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.

Address:
740 Park Road
Ambridge, PA 15003
724.251.4899
Contact:
Sue Otto, Director  |  ext. 112
Barbara Whisnant, Volunteer Coordinator  |  ext. 115

 

 

Drug and Alcohol resources, information, websites and treatment centers

 

 

HELPING BC-SCORES

Get HELP 24/7 by calling (800) 400-6180

One of the resources available to help families in our area is the HELP Team, along with more than 10 HELPING BC-SCORES providers in the Beaver County System of Care that aim to support youth through case management, counseling, housing, mentoring, education and more.

Transition Age Mobile Crisis

Provider:  Pressley Ridge

. . . will assess, stabilize and link families to available supports and services with side by side support.

The Transition Age Mobile Crisis referral form provides details and contact info.

Click here for an electronic copy.

Transition-Age Case Management

Provider:  Glade Run Lutheran Services

Provider:  Heritage Valley Health System

Provider:  Merakey

Helps transition-age youth in case management explore options of remaining with a case manager when they turn 21.

Provider:  The Prevention Network

Family Group Decision Making

 

Provider:  Children & Youth Services

Plans for transition from the mobile HELP Team

Family Recovery Coordinator

Provider:  Allegheny Health Choices Inc.

Aids youth and family members who want to be involved and committed to various systems of care efforts

Youth Mentoring

Provider:  Community Alternatives

Works with transition-age youth to help them successfully complete their senior year and make post-secondary plans

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Provider: Education and Training Consultants

An 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents

Housing Support

Provider:  Cornerstone Recovery and Supports

Works with adults who are homeless or pending homelessness, with a goal of providing housing for the entire family

Transition-Age Psychiatric Rehabilitation/Vocational Support

Provider:  Beaver County Rehabilitation Center

An expanded psychiatric rehabilitation program for youth

Community Health Education and Wellness

Provider:  Keystone Wellness Programs

Works with natural supports to promote SAMHSA’s eight dimensions of wellness among youth

 

 

Resources for families of children and youth with special needs

 

Visit our special needs webpage.

 

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.

 

 

Other Web Resources for Youth and their Families

 

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
412.258.2120

 

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]

 

 

PA Recovery  – Resources for Recovery and Resiliency provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

 

 

Suicide

… is the second-leading cause of death for children and young adults between 5-24 years old. Often this age group lacks the tools and skills to manage mental health issues and ask for help.

Watch Ariel Blackwood’s story here:
https://www.relias.com/resource/adolescent-suicide-and-depression-ariels-story

 

 

 

Behavioral Health Among College Students Information and Resource KitThis kit discusses the consequences of substance misuse among college students including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It explores various causational factors such as peer pressure, stress, social norms, and advertising messages.

 

Dangers of Study Drugs in College  (A Look at the Effects of Prescription Stimulants & Healthy Alternatives)

 

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 teens about the harms of alcohol use, as a support for 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

What is Binge Drinking?  Is it dangerous?

Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?

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

Addiction and the Adopted Child: A Look at the Links

Trusted Counsel: Does Your Tween Need Therapy?

 

 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has 2 spaces for blogging and sharing your story:

 

OK2TALK.org  Say anything!   It’s time we talked about mental health.  Share what’s on your mind.

You Are Not Alone  We hope that you will join us in giving a voice to a struggle that millions of people face every day.
Submit your video, picture or story!

 

 

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.

 

EPIC life-skills curriculum, offered by Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization that promotes, advocates and collaborates for change that expands the continuum of care to include recovery support systems for young people in recovery.  YPR works to increase access to treatment, education, employment, and housing in order to support community members as they make a decision to enter into recovery and/or maintain recovery.

 

Webinar

Free, on-demand webinar for loved ones of teens . . .

New Resource for Parents of Teens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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