Chester County Intermediate Unit:
"From in-school support to partial hospitalization to behavioral health wraparound services, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) works alongside families and schools to assist students in prevailing over the challenges of behavioral and mental health disorders". Info obtained from CCIU website
The Office of Mental Health is an administrative office that contracts with local agencies to provide mental health services and supports. Typically, residents without health insurance may qualify for some county funding. Six local agencies serve as entry points to assess needs and help provide services.
The overall goals continue to provide support, and resources necessary to make positive life experiences for our youth. We focus on empowerment, boundaries, and expectations with a commitment to learning, create positive values, learn social competencies and create a positive identity in every student all in a supervised, safe environment. All of our programs are designed around these goals. " From their website
"Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force’s mission is decreased suicide through increased awareness and education in the community. CCSP Task Force collaborates with the community to develop suicide prevention strategies and works to reduce the risk, stigma and occurrence of suicide in Chester County, Pennsylvania." Information obtained from their website
From their facebook page "As parents with our own lived experience through our own children who have challenges, we have a strong passion and professional experience to mentor parents and caregivers through their own journey within various systems in Chester County. Our family support specialists provide encouragement, resources, guidance through systems, linkages to benefits and services, and assist with self-advocacy. In addition, Chesco LIFE hosts educational workshops and groups. Family support is provided at no cost to residents of Chester County. Contact us at 484-348-6392 or email@example.com ."
From their website: "We help people who have Medical Assistance (the name for Medicaid in Pennsylvania) get behavioral health care.
Behavioral health care is for:
You might not need behavioral health care services. But if you do at any time, we help you get those services. You do not have to pay for these services.
We are here to:
List compiled through SpeakUp!
SpeakUp! enables youth to make positive life choices – and parents and educators to support them – as they navigate the journey to become healthy, confident adults.
2000 Old West Chester Pike
Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083
You are not alone! Family members of individuals with a serious mental illness not only endure the initial shock of the illness, but also face a challenging future learning to cope with the responsibility of caring for an ill relative.
Because of discrimination and the stigma surrounding mental illness, many individuals and their families become isolated and feel shame. This keeps many family members from seeking the help, support and information that they desperately need.
There is no need for you to feel alone because of a serious mental illness in your family. There are resources available.
Support Groups – Family
7:15 – 9 pm
825 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
This location meets every first Wednesday of the month all year long. No need to RSVP.
Lots of great info on this site, many support groups!
Every Sunday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: West Chester Church of the Nazarene, 424 S Darlington Street, West Chester, PA US 19382
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.
Childcare is available upon request .Please contact Nathanael if you would like childcare. We meet on Sunday nights in the Providence Café. For more information, contact Nathanael Manthey at 484-402-4182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin at 6:00 in our cafe by singing a few worship songs together.After this, there is either a lesson from the Celebrate Recovery curriculum or a testimony. When this is over, newcomers stay in the room for an informational meeting to find out more about CR and if it is a good fit for them. Those who are not new attend an Open Share meeting which are gender specific where it is safe to share without fear of someone trying to "fix" you. When this time of sharing is over, we gather back in the cafe for coffee, snacks, and fellowship. We wrap up before 8:00.
Chester County Family Services
140 N. Darlington Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Montgomery County Family Services
353 E. Johnson Highway
Norristown, PA 19401
When a family is going through turmoil or a family member is in crisis, the experience can seem overpowering, with ripple effects well beyond the privacy of the home. But Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia is here to provide guidance and counseling. We consider all aspects of a family’s or individual’s life and relationships, and provide the full spectrum of supportive services on a wide range of issues. Our licensed clinical social workers use several established techniques and an eclectic approach to evidence-based interventions. Our fee structure is case-by-case and may include a sliding scale, Medicare or additional assistance.
Check out this slide show for information that can be helpful as you prepare to send your child off to college. Just click on download and then click on first slide and microphone icon.
www.AddictionCenter.com/Addiction/Veterans : support to military members seeking substance abuse recovery
Resources for mental health struggles, PTSD, trauma
If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call 800.273.8255 (Para Español llame 888.628.9454). Veterans: Press "1" after you call, or go to Veterans Crisis Line to chat live with a crisis counselor at any time.
Information in this section obtained from the www.woundedwarriorproject.org website
Inpatient Care Inpatient Acute Care* Intended for people who need 24-hour care and daily doctor visits in a hospital setting to stabilize psychiatric issues. Often recommended for people who aren’t able to care for themselves, or may be a risk to the safety and well-being of themselves or others. Can last for a few days to several weeks . Goal is to stabilize a crisis . Includes group therapy and meeting with a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist. A family session is important prior to discharge to discuss aftercare plans
Partial Hospitalization : Intense structured program ,typically consists of 5-7 days per week for 6 hours each day. Similar to IOP, includes group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Often includes an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who may prescribe or adjust medications . Often recommended for those who have actively participated in lower levels of care, yet continue to experience serious emotional and behavioral problems. Beneficial for those at risk of hospitalization, or as a step-down for those who have been hospitalized Inpatient Care
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Structured treatment that teaches how to manage stress, and better cope with emotional and behavioral issues. May include group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Consists of frequent visits (usually 3-5 days per week) and an average of 3-4 hours of treatment per day for a set period of time (often 4-6 weeks, depending on the program) . Many programs are structured so individuals may work and continue with normal daily routines. The advantage of this type of program is that people have the support of the program, along with other people working on similar issues
Individual counseling – includes counseling sessions with a therapist.
Medication evaluation and management - includes visits with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to determine if medication would be helpful
Group therapy – includes weekly group sessions with other people with mental health issues. In group therapy, people often learn from one another’s experiences.
The above inforamtion obtained from Cigna Healthcare
Information for this section obtained from Mentalhealthamerica.net
-NOT ALL EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE A PSYCHIATRIST ON STAFF:
Bryn Mawr Hospital: has inpatient psychiatric unit with physicians in house for Emergency consults if necessary. Use video chat as well to assess patient
Brandywine Hospital: No
Chester County Hospital: No, there is a psychiatrist on call and sees patients in ER via video chat when deemed necessary
Paoli Hospital: No (learned that the hard way)
Lankenau Hospital: No
-Very few therapists and/or psychiatrists accept insurance. They will provide receipt for you to submit. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND GET YOUR COVERAGE INFORMATION AND LIST OF IN NETWORK PROVIDERS.
-Not all therapists are created equal, it is very important to look into their areas of expertise, find the right personality fit, and check their availability.
- It may take several attempts until you find the therapist that is the right fit
-There are many different types of therapy; in-patient , "partial inpatient" (out-patient extended day program), weekly sessions, bi weekly, support groups, etc.
DID YOU KNOW?...…….
- In PA, most children under age 19 with serious emotional & behavioral concerns will qualify for services covered by Medical Assistance, regardless of family income.
- There is a medical test that you can get that determines which medications are better suited to your genetic makeup. It is a simple cheek swab that is sent away and analyzed. You get a complete report listing drugs by classification showing which will have potential for more side effects and which will be more therapeutic. Many out there , I just know of Genecept Assay.
Call your insurance company and KNOW YOUR COVERAGE, ask for a list of IN NETWORK PROVIDERS...now the process of submitting for reimbursement for out of network providers and what the insurance company needs for documentation (ICD-10 codes, etc)