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 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.
Here is the link for this Zoom Meeting:
For more information, email Rick Mattia at email@example.com.
Beaver County Local Information
An award-winning Mental Health Awareness and Prevention Program guided by many innovative high school students from all Beaver County School Districts.
(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)
“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 . . .”
(provided by Mashable)
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 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 tours will take place from 6-9 PM on March 16th, 2022 and April 13th, 2022.) Registration is required; click above to register online.
(Reality Tour® is presented locally by Keystone Wellness Programs on behalf of Beaver County Behavioral Health.)
(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 the 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.
New! StepOut Mentoring Check-Ins . . . helping students and schools navigate the 2020-2021 school year. (more info)
This new program at Community Alternatives can be a useful tool to bridge the gap for teachers who may not be aware of student issues and can provide stress relief to students who may be overwhelmed with online and other forms of distance learning.
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
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.
Wesley Family Services / Wonder Kids (WK) is a social skills group for children ages 5-21 that 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.
Local support, education, and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community
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
The following providers in the Beaver County System of Care aim to support youth through case management, counseling, housing, mentoring, education, and more.
|Transition Age Mobile Crisis |
Provider: Pressley RidgeThis service offers crisis support in the community to people ages 14-24. Young people who are experiencing a crisis (and their family members) are encouraged to call.
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 & Youth Recovery Coordinators |
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 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.
PA Resources for Youth and their Families
Education Law Center
The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to 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 the 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
… 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. Visit the Zero Suicide webpage for helpful resources.
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.
Mental Health in College Students – Examing the most common Mental Health issues affecting College Students and how to prioritize Mental Wellness
Talking to Your Kids About Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Ultimate Do’s and Don’ts Guide
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has 2 spaces for blogging and sharing your story:
OK2TALK is a Tumblr community of teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems. Say anything! It’s time we talked about mental health. Click to learn more and share what’s on your mind through your own photos, videos, text, and artwork.
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!
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.