Late Teen / Transition Age (16-23)

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. 


Transition Age Mobile Crisis is a short-term service in Beaver County that will respond by phone within one 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.

Thrive for Hope | Youth & Young Adult | Ongoing Support Group

As part of the ARC P.O.W.E.R. Initiative, the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC) in partnership with Youth MOVE PA is offering a virtual support group/drop-in for Youth and Young Adults called, Thrive for Hope.  

Thrive for Hope is a peer-led emotional support group for youth and young adults between the ages of 16 – 29.  We do not have any doctors, therapists, or other medical professionals here, and are not able to give medical advice.  Our purpose is simply to support one another through our lived experience, strength, and hope. 

The Zoom meeting will open at 3:45 every Thursday and the meeting begins at 4:00. We encourage you to come early and socialize, hang out, and get to know one another.

Click the link below to join the meeting!  We Hope to See You There !!!!

Thrive for Hope Zoom Meeting Link:
Or Call in 1-301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 929 1960 2424 Passcode: 200438

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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.

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.)

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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

Youth Acute Partial Hospitalization Services 
(ages 10-21) available at Glade Run’s Zelienople campus

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Here is the link for this Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 436 810 4189

For more information, email Rick Mattia at [email protected].

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

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

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.

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)

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.

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. 

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

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 the 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.

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 learn about The Prevention Network and Class Academy’s
School and Community Programs, and access many printable forms and documents.

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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

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 Ridge

This 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

 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 & Youth Recovery Coordinators


Provider:  The Prevention Network.

For Youth and Family Members who want to be involved and committed to various System 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 Autism and other 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 [email protected].

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

Pittsburgh Office:

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


… 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 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.

Mental Health in College StudentsExaming the most common Mental Health issues affecting College Students and how to prioritize Mental Wellness

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

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

Trusted Counsel: Does Your Tween Need Therapy?

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.


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