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Base Service Unit

Main Offices
-Kittanning

The Base Service Unit provides centralized clinical assessment, authorization, and referral for many services in the BDHP system. This department is often the first contact a consumer has with the Family Counsleing Center. Referrals are accepted from individuals themselves, parent or guardian of the client, doctors, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other sources. Intakes conducted by the Base service Unit establish both the consumer's financial liability for services and recommendations for clinical and case management services. Consumers are guaranteed freedom of choice in selecting providers of service and BSU staff will assist the consumer in contacting any service provider to schedule appointments. More information can be obtained by calling 724-543-2941.

Child and Adolescent Partial

Leechburg CAP Office
-Leechburg

The Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (CAP) is an intensive mental health program with an educational component, providing mental health services to children and adolescents, ages 5-18, who are at risk for more restrictive interventions, such as inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment facilities. This is a time-limited program that offers six hours of therapeutic clinical services per day coordinated with educational programming, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and classroom education. Students appropriate for the program are those experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms, disturbances of conduct, and other conditions affecting mental health, which seriously compromise or impair their capacity to function age-appropriately and adequately in multiple areas on a day-to-day basis. For more information about the CAP program contact your local school district, mental health professional or the CAP program at (724) 845-6667.

Early Intervention Department

Main Offices
-Kittanning

Early Intervention (EI) is designed to assist families with children (birth to three) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Services are typically held with in a child’s home, daycare, community setting or other natural learning environments. An Independent evaluation team is used to assess children in all developmental domain areas to determine eligibility for the program. To be eligible for Early Intervention, a child would qualify based on a 25% developmental delay or based on their diagnosis (which has a high probability of resulting in a development delay). Once a child is eligible for EI services, an Independent Family Service Plan (IFSP) is created and a therapist would begin to work with your family. Currently, Armstrong County provides the following EI Services: Service Coordination, Speech Therapy, Special Instruction, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nutritional services, Vision and Hearing services. Early intervention is a service provided to families at no cost. Service Coordination services are provided to families through the Early Intervention Department here at the Family Counseling Center. Service Coordinators are responsible for: the coordination and monitoring of EI services, facilitating evaluation and plan development, communicating between provider agencies and families, linking families to outside resources, and assisting with transition to the Early Intervention (3-5) program. Service Coordination activities are also included, at no cost, for children who are considered “at-risk” with their development. To be eligible for the EI Tracking program, a child would meet one area of the following “at-risk” criteria: birth weight under 1500grams, care from the hospital NICU, affected by Illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms from prenatal drug exposure, seriously neglected or abused, confirmed dangerous levels of lead poisoning or experiencing Homelessness. Referrals to this department can be made by (but not limited to): parents/guardians, relatives, medical professionals, daycares and other community agencies. To refer your child for Early Intervention services, please contact the EI Supervisor at 724-545-1234

Family Based Mental Health Services

Main Offices
-Kittanning
Leechburg

Family Based Mental Health Services provides comprehensive in-home team delivered services to assist families to care for their children with emotional disturbances at home. The goal is to maintain the child or adolescent in the home rather than inappropriate placement in a psychiatric hospital, foster care, group home or long-term residential facility. Parents are essential collaborators in the process of identifying and clarifying new behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs, which will allow families to remain intact. The family is seen as the means of positive change and thus the goal is to encourage family involvement. FBS works to assist the families in finding individualized, alternative methods to meet their own family’s needs, other than placement of the child. The model for the Family Based Services program focuses on a non-traditional, hand-on approach working with the strengths and resources of the family. FBS is characterized by intensive and comprehensive services driven by the needs of the family. The majority of services to a family are provided by a two-person treatment team, with an emphasis on therapeutic flexibility and creativity. Families need to receive individualized services focusing on their strengths and resources. For most families participating in the program, other more traditional models of treatment have not succeeded in meeting the needs of their family system. FBS starts at the family’s reality; meeting the family where it is at. This approach begins with listening to the family’s own definition of itself and of its problems and continues with the provision of services in the family’s home and community respecting socio-economic, geographic, and cultural differences. It is expected that most services are provided in the family’s home but flexibility in site is also supported. The interdependence of the child, the family and their environment are incorporated in a systemic view of treatment. With a family approach, the child or adolescent becomes the entry into the family unit rather than focus remaining entirely on the identified child. The full and voluntary participation of family members and their extended network is seen as essential to the planning and delivery of services. The FBS program four main components of services to families: 1. Family-oriented therapies and assessment - includes family, individual, and group therapy. 2. Case management - includes liaison and collaboration with other service agencies and community resources involved with the family and advocacy with these systems. 3. Emergency crisis intervention - provides the family 24 hours a day access to a therapist. Families involved with FBS can call to speak with a therapsit during a family crisis situation. In the event of a child needing to be hospitalized, FBS will make every effort to support the family. If the child is involuntarily hospitalized (201), the FBS therapist will meet the family at the hospital, if requested by a family member or hospital worker. 4. Family support and respite services - provides limited funds to assist families meet basis living needs. The goal of the family therapy component is to address the specific concerns of the family members in collaboration with the family and to identify specific ways to promote positive change. The participation of members of the entire family network is encouraged due to the FBS belief that each family has unique strengths and resources and can benefit from individualized treatment services. The intent is to strengthen and stabilize the family unit by increasing both the life management and coping skills of the family by developing strategies for enhanced parenting skills and more effective family communication, as well as focusing on the issues that are preventing the family from functioning effectively. The therapeutic work spotlights short term, concrete, practical goals as steps to these long-term elements of the family treatment. The teams utilize individualized treatment modalities that best fit the needs of the family. Creative approaches are emphasized. Although the treatment goal is to prevent out-of-home placement of a child, it is acknowledged that maintaining the child in the home is not the only criteria for success. Planned placements of the child or family members may be essential to reach the appropriate long-term goals for the family. FBS provides continuous support and management especially during a crisis situation with the availability of a 24-hour day emergency on-call service. FBS involvement focuses not only on mental health needs, but also provides a case management element. The treatment team works closely with the family to coordinate services and available resources of other children’s service systems and also community resources and services. The team functions as liaisons with the family and all service systems and supportive networks, including but not restricted to education, mental health, mental retardation, Office of Children and Youth, Drug and Alcohol, Juvenile Probation, medical, legal, and parent advocacy. While the team will provide advocacy for the family, the primary focus is on improving the communication between the family and the service systems for the time after FBS involvement ends. FBS also works to develop the natural support system of the family including the extended family, neighborhood, and community service resources and linkages that will be essential to the family after FBS involvement ends. The goal is to empower the families to access these resources on their own. FBS can also provide family support services. Ecological and environmental stressors impact on a family system. The needs-based treatment philosophy allows FBS not only the case management capabilities to coordinate with agencies and resources but also a limited, emergency financial ability to provide a family with additional supports and services to stabilize the family unit. FBS assists in temporary child-care services or short-term respite placement. Family support services funds are also available for flexibility and creativity in the therapeutic process. Although the different FBS county programs are separate entities, there is a uniform agreement with the basic principles of individualized, family-driven, intensive, creative, flexible, home-based treatment. There is also a commitment to training and networking support for the staff of these programs. The FBS program is available without discrimination to all children under twenty-one regardless of source of funding.

Intellectual Disabilities Unit - Supports Coordination

Main Offices
-Kittanning

The role of a Supports Coordinator is to assist a consumer that has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability with finding and accessing services and supports that fit his/her needs. A Supports Coordinator acts as an advocate for the individual and works to ensure the opportunity for an everyday life through supports that an individual is interested in and has chosen for himself/herself. Services are provided to meet the unique needs of individuals so that they can be an active part of their community. Supports Coordination services are provided through the Intellectual Disabilities Unit at Family Counseling Center. A Supports Coordinator will talk with you about what kinds of supports/services would be helpful to you and assist you to develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP). Your Supports Coordinator can meet with you in your home, at the Family Counseling Center office, or in the community. Examples of the range of the services/supports which may be funded include: residential placements, day programs, pre-vocational or transitional employment, supported employment, respite, environmental adaptation to home or adaptive equipment, and home and community habilitation. If funding for services is available, your Supports Coordinator will assist you by making referrals to providers of these services. If funding for services is not currently available, your Supports Coordinator will complete a Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) form and place you on the waiting list. Your Supports Coordinator can help you identify other types of community supports and services that may help you while you are waiting for funding to become available. Eligibility Requirements for Intellectual Disability Services: A licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, or psychiatrist certifies that the individual has significantly sub-average intellectual functioning which is documented by: * Full Scale IQ of 70 or below (IQ test) * Significant limitation in adaptive functioning (the ability to adapt and carry on every day life activities such as self-care, socializing, communicating, etc) * The onset of the disability occurred before the age of 22. Documentation provided must be signed and dated by the practitioner. Intakes and eligibility determinations are provided through Alliance for Non-Profit Resources 1-844-425-5030 If you have further questions regarding Supports Coordination services, please contact ID Unit Supervisor at 724-545-1234.

Medication Clinic

Main Offices
-Kittanning
Leechburg

Working under Medical Director Mary Anne Galonski, M.D., a team of Board Certified Psychiatrists, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, RN’s, LPN’s, and Medical Assistants provide necessary medical care and illness management in order to foster independence and recovery. Services include psychiatric assessments, medication management and administration, monitoring of laboratory values and side effects, and education. A separate Clozaril Clinic is maintained, and services are coordinated with inpatient hospitalization through the Community/Hospital Integration Projects Program (CHIPP) Liaison. Psychiatric Consultation Services are provided weekly to the Armstrong County Jail.

Mobile Psychiatric Medication Program

Main Offices
-Kittanning

The Mobile Psychiatric Medication Program is a voluntary service designed to assist adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) residing in a community setting, who have experienced difficulties with taking psychiatric medications as prescribed. Their difficulty with adherence could be due to limited cognitive functioning, limited support systems, psychotic symptoms and disorganized thinking, self- adjusting or self-discontinuing of medications, suicidal ideation, or other factors working alone or in concert. Mobile Psychiatric Medication services will be provided by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the consumer’s home or at other locations in the community. The central goal will be to empower each consumer by assisting them in making self-directed choices using their strengths and natural supports in order to increase and maintain independent adherence with medications. Consumers eligible for the Mobile Psychiatric Medication Program must be residents of Armstrong or Indiana County, 18 years of age or older, diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI), taking psychiatric medications who are exhibiting difficulty in taking medications as prescribed, and who have voluntarily agreed to participate in the program. The frequency and intensity of the services is based upon consumer need and functioning.

Outpatient Therapy

Main Offices
-Kittanning
Leechburg

What is therapy? Therapy is a partnership in which a therapist helps you better understand your problems and assists you in meeting your recovery goals. Therapy can provide you the opportunity to talk openly and confidentially about your concerns. Your therapist will work with you to identify achievable treatment goals and help you to work toward meeting these goals. Therapy is offered by Family Counseling Center from our primary Kittanning office and from a satellite office in Leechburg. Family Counseling Center works to provide high quality, evidence based therapeutic approaches. We have a number of therapists trained in evidence based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). How do I get started in therapy? If you currently receive services from Family Counseling Center, speak with your service provider (e.g nurse, psychiatrist, case manager, etc.) and they can refer you for outpatient therapy. If you do not currently receive services from Family Counseling Center, call to request an intake at 724-543-2941 for the Kittanning office or 724-845-6755 for the Leechburg office. What types of therapy are available? Individual therapy – You will work one-on-one with a therapist to help you find ways to cope with your problems and improve your quality of life. Couples therapy – A therapist will work with you and your partner to help you improve your communication skills and work through the problems in your relationship. Family therapy – Your family will work with a therapist to address problems that involve the family as a whole. Child focused therapy – A therapist will work with your child to help them through the problems they are dealing with, while also working with you on ways that you can best help your child. School based therapy – A therapist will work with your child in the school setting to provide them with individual therapy to help them work through their problems, while also working with you on ways to best help your child. This service is available only at schools that have contracted with Family Counseling Center to provide it. Group therapy – You will meet with a therapist and others who have similar problems in a setting where you can learn new skills and receive support and ideas from others who have been in similar situations to you. Available groups vary over time depending on client interest. Past groups have included: Women’s Trauma Group, Transition Group, Depression and Anxiety CBT group, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group, Mindfulness Group, and Coping with Medical Illness Group.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Main Offices
-Kittanning

Adult Partial Hospitalization is an outpatient treatment modality which includes psychiatric, psychological, social and vocational elements under medical supervision. It is designed for consumers with moderate to severe mental or emotional disorders. Partial hospitalization consumers require less than 24-hour care, but more intensive and comprehensive services than are offered in outpatient treatment programs. Partial hospitalization is provided on a planned and regularly scheduled basis for a minimum of 3 hours, but less than 24 hours in any 1 day. The goal of partial hospitalization is to increase the level of consumer functioning. The service may be provided to consumers with chronic or acute mental disorders who require active treatment. Its objectives include the following: (1) The diversion of consumers from acute psychiatric inpatient units or to shorten the length of stay. (2) Crisis stabilization and treatment of chronically ill consumers currently in treatment who require more intensive service for some period of time than is provided in outpatient programs. (3) The return to the community of consumers in long-term placements, such as state psychiatric hospitals. The program provides group therapy, individual therapy, educational groups and helps consumers with a wide variety of services aimed at reducing psychiatric symptoms, increasing independence, and aiding in all aspects of their recovery from mental illness. Our aim is to have consumers reach their full potential, leading happy and productive lives in their own community. More information on the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program may be obtained by calling 724-548-5126.

Peer Specialist

Main Offices
-Kittanning

Based upon the fundamental principles of recovery, peer support services are specialized therapeutic interactions conducted by self-identified current or former consumers of behavioral health services who are trained and certified to offer support and assistance in helping others in their recovery and community-integration process. Peer support is intended to inspire hope in individuals that recovery is not only possible, but probable. The service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resilience through mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders to achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered when recovering from their disabilities. Peer support is designed on the principles of consumer choice and the active involvement of persons in their recovery process. Peer support practice is guided by the belief that people with disabilities need opportunities to identify and chose for themselves their desired roles with regard to living, learning, working and social interaction in the community. For this reason, the agreement of the individual to receive services is critical. On an ongoing basis, individuals receiving the service are given the opportunity to participate in and make decisions about the activities conducted. Services are self-directed and person-centered with a recovery focus. Peer support services facilitate the development of recovery skills. Services are multi-faceted and include, but are not limited to, individual advocacy, education, development of natural supports, support of work or other meaningful activity of the individual’s choosing, crisis management support, skills training, effective utilization of the service delivery system, and coordination of and linkage to other service providers. The purpose of peer support services are to: 1. Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery and advocacy process; 2. Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate the individual’s recovery; 3. Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices; 4. Promote the utilization of natural resources within the community; and 5. Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth. More information on peer support services can be obtained by calling 724-548-5126.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program

Main Offices
-Kittanning
Clothesline
-Kittanning

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide adults experiencing functional disabilities resulting from chronic mental illness with a level of service that will assist in the development of skills to improve function and increase level of independence to attain their highest potential. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) are provided independently of other services in the mental health system. However, these interventions occur concurrently with necessary clinical treatments and begin as soon as clinically possible, following diagnosis and subsequent treatment of the illness. Psychiatric rehabilitation provides a planned program of functional assessment, goal setting, identification of needed and preferred skills and supports. The program includes skills teaching where consumers learn to identify and manage supports and the resources needed to produce the desired outcomes consistent with person’s cultural environment. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices are guided by the basis philosophy that people with disabilities need opportunities to identify and choose for themselves their desired roles in the community with regard to living, learning, working and social environments. Recovery is the ultimate goal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Interventions facilitate the process of recovery by helping consumers to re-establish normal roles in the community and their reintegration into community life. Persons who are clinically stable, but who still continue to exhibit functional impairment in at least one of the functional domains, are appropriate to receive PRS. To obtain more information on psychiatric rehabilitation services, call 724-545-5126.

SAP Program

Main Offices
-Kittanning

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) Mental Health Liaison is responsible for providing services to all schools within Armstrong County as defined by the SAP state guidelines. The responsibilities depend on the individual needs of the school and may include: *Providing mental health preassessments of students within the school setting when deemed appropriate, with signed parental consent *Aiding the family in accessing appropriate mental health services within the community *Providing on site emergency assessment and crisis intervention when needed *Providing Postvention services when needed *Providing assistance to schools, families and students in regard to types of services, appropriateness of referrals, availability and accessing mental health and community services

Targeted Case Management

Main Offices
-Kittanning

Targeted Case Management (TCM) assists eligible adults and children who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness in identifying and gaining access to needed housing, food, medical, employment, recreation, and education services to achieve stability in the community. TCM services include assessment, care plan development, referral, monitoring, and follow-up. TCM provides a staff person on call for crisis situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information on TCM services can be obtained by calling 724-545-6566.