Children's Mental Health

Lehigh County Children's Mental Health

LEHIGH COUNTY CHILDREN & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH

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Medical Assistance

*To apply for PA Medical Assistance, call or visit the Lehigh County Assistance Office/Pennsylvania Public Welfare
610-821-6509
555 Union Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18109
  

If your child (under the age of 18) has a severe disability, behavioral, or Autism Spectrum disorder, find out how to apply for Medical Assistance through the loop hole

  

        

Children's Mental Health

It is very difficult and emotionally stressful for families when their child has been diagnosed with a mental health illness.  Families’ main concern is keeping their child safe while seeking appropriate treatment.  Therefore it is important that families are aware of the mental health services that are available in their county as well as how to obtain funding for these services.

LC Children’s Mental Health Funded Programs
In-Home Respite
Designed to provide 40 hours of non-therapeutic respite services to children ages 3-18 within a ten week period or calendar year.

Family Driven Respite
Caregivers are selected by family and must be at least 19 years of age with all state clearances.  Service hours, site location and pay are determined by the family.  The county provides financial reimbursement to the identified caregiver.

 *To receive Lehigh County funded programs, call Information & Referral:
610-782-3200
17 South 7th St.
Allentown PA 18101


Medical Assistance Programs/Services   
ALL children in the state of Pennsylvania are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) insurance regardless of their parents or legal guardian’s private insurance or income.  No child in the state should be without health care.  The state has passed a bill called the “Disabled Child Only Act” which allows for this to happen.Families first need to apply under this act for Medical Assistance at their local County Assistance Office before they can receive can receive Medical Assistance funded services.   * Refer to Magellan Provider Network to access MA funded behavioral health services.

Resource, Intensive and Blended Case Management – this service can provide a 24 on call crisis number as well as coordinate mental health services for members.        

Outpatient Treatment – site based clinic that provides psychological and psychiatric testing, medication management and counseling services.

In School Partial Hospitalization – daily treatment and psychiatric care is provided in the school setting.

Acute Partial Hospitalization

Behavioral Health Services Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) –treatment is provided in the home based on hours prescribed by a psychiatrist which may include mobile therapy, behavioral specialist consultant and a therapeutic support staff.

Functional Family Therapy - short term intensive in-home service for at risk youth with conduct disorders, truancy issues or substance use disorder.

Multi-Systemic Therapy – an in-home six month therapy that targets juvenile offenders and anti-social behaviors at risk of out of home placement.

Family Based – a 6 to 9 month trauma informed in-home service which includes a 24 hour on-call.

Out of Home Mental Health Placements

Psychiatric Hospitalizations 
   
 

        

LC System of Care