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Family Based Mental Health Services

Family Based Mental Health Services are team delivered aimed to provide services to the entire family in home or community based settings. Our highest priority is to preserve the family unit by creating a safe and healthy family environment. Teams provide 24/7 around-the-clock crisis services. Our therapists receive extensive training on trauma, abuse, and attachment issues so they can help children and families work through events and feelings. Family Based follow all CASSP principles.


Our teams provide services to children and adolescents who have experienced many kinds of trauma. When children experience trauma or loss, there can be some changes in personality or behavior. Trauma can be domestic or sexual violence, natural disasters, accidents, house fires, robberies, attacks by bullies, child abuse, divorce and abandonment, deaths of family members and can often cause a sense of intense fear, terror or helplessness. Sometimes, a child will go through the events until they are no longer disturbing or hurtful. Other times, instead of facing the memory, the child will push it out of the way. This can work for a while, but when the memory is not worked through, it keeps its disturbing power. The more the child avoids facing the memory, the worse it may become. Their feelings can be expressed in many different ways sometimes ways that don't make sense to adults. This is common, and with time, the behaviors and feelings can fade as the child works through them. Children should be given the chance to talk about the feelings. If they are not, it may send the message that even adults are too afraid to talk about it. Sometimes, parents/guardians may be so upset that it's just too hard to handle the child in the best way. Therapy can help a child and a family work through the events and feelings, to prevent the same responses in the future.

We aim to prevent psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement of a child or adolescent with emotional disturbances. When appropriate, the program assists in reuniting families whose child or adolescent has been placed outside of the home. This will be accomplished by providing intensive treatment as well as partnering with various other child serving programs and agencies that may be involved with the child and family. Teams often links families to other supports and agencies within the community. 


In order to qualify for FBMHS, your child must have an Independent Comprehensive Child Evaluation completed by a Licensed Psychologist or Clinical Evaluator. If the evaluation recommends that Family Based is medically indicated, the County Mental Health Department and the Managed Care Company will assess the medical necessity and frequency for the final authorization of services.

Services can be provided in Fayette, Greene or Westmoreland Counties

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