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)
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.)
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.
Tuesdays 10 AM—11:30 AM
For more information contact:
Melissa Moore, MS Ed., NCC, LPC
(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.
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)
(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.
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
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.
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.)
An award-winning Mental Health Awareness and Prevention Program guided by many innovative high school students from all Beaver County School Districts.
What is the Youth Ambassador Program?
What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
740 Park Road
Ambridge, PA 15003
Sue Otto, Director | ext. 112
Barbara Whisnant, Volunteer Coordinator | ext. 115
Drug and Alcohol resources, information, websites and treatment centers
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
. . . 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
Helps transition-age youth in case management explore options of remaining with a case manager when they turn 21.
|Provider: The Prevention Network
Plans for transition from the mobile HELP Team
|Family Recovery Coordinator
Aids youth and family members who want to be involved and committed to various systems of care efforts
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
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
An expanded psychiatric rehabilitation program for youth
|Community Health Education and Wellness
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
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
PA Recovery – Resources for Recovery and Resiliency provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
… 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:
Behavioral Health Among College Students Information and Resource Kit – This 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.
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.
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.
Free, on-demand webinar for loved ones of teens . . .