Lehigh County Children's Mental Health

LEHIGH COUNTY CHILDREN & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH

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Items of Interest

Community Resources

Suicide Prevention

Helpful Brochures

Kid Connector Helpline--helpline for kinship resources 1-866-KIN-211

Resilient Lehigh Valley--trauma-informed care practices and strategies for parents, professionals, educators, and more.

     

DHS Map

Department of Human Services Map
Use the map to help navigate services

     

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

  

     

Lehigh County Children's Mental Health

View the Children's Mental Health Unit brochure.
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.  
     

Children's Mental Health Funded Programs

LC Children’s Mental Health Funded Programs
 *To receive Lehigh County funded programs, call Information & Referral:
610-782-3200
17 South 7th St.
Allentown PA 18101

Valley Youth House Respite Services---a program that provides temporary relief from the daily routine of caregiving by providing child care assistance in the community or home setting.

Pinebrook Family Answers High Fidelity Wraparound--a team-based, collaborative process for helping children and youth with special mental health needs and their families identify and use their strengths and community resources.  

Young Adult Administrative Case Management Services--The Children's Mental Health Unit provides a Children's Mental Health Program Specialist service to assist youth between the ages of 16-21 in finding the most effective services to meet their mental health needs.  This Program Specialist will provide advocacy and leadership to ensure cross-system collaboration and communication in identifying and securing community services to meet the youth's needs including vocational goals, employment, housing and securing benefits and entitlements.  The case manager will facilitate meetings to develop and oversee the success of the youth's identified service plan, coordinate and facilitate transition to the Adult Mental Health System and other Department of Human Services offices as well as participate in Individualized Educational Planning with the youth to ensure a good transitional plan while exiting school.  View The Young Adult Resource Guide for helpful information.

     

Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania

Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania (Magellan) manages behavioral health services for Lehigh County residents who are enrolled in the Pennsylvania HealthChoices program.

*View information on  
Getting Care through Magellan.
* Find a  Magellan Provider.
*View information on Medical Necessity Criteria for Services.

Magellan's Medical Assistance Programs/Services
Blended Case Management
 – assists youth with vocational goals, coordinating services as well as securing benefits and entitlements.  This service provides a 24-hour on-call.        

Certified Peer Support-this program is for youth ages 16-26 and provides individual advocacy, education, skill training and the development of natural supports.  It also provides peer support for work and other meaningful activities in addition to crisis management and linkages to other programs.   

Blended Case Management – assists youth with vocational goals, coordinating services as well as securing benefits and entitlements.  This service provides a 24-hour on-call.        

Certified Peer Support-this program is for youth ages 16-26 and provides individual advocacy, education, skill training and the development of natural supports.  It also provides peer support for work and other meaningful activities in addition to crisis management and linkages to other programs.

Transition to Independence Program-this program is also for youth ages 16-26 and provides a 24 hour on-call system with trauma-informed staff who provide peer support and assistance with individualized service plan goals which can include vocational and educational pursuits as well as housing.  

Outpatient Treatment – site based clinic that provides counseling and medication management.

In School Partial Hospitalization – daily treatment including individual and group counseling and psychiatric care provided in the school setting.  The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 provides the educational portion of the program.

Acute Partial Hospitalization - site-based program, generally lasting 4-6 week, that provides six hours of treatment including psychological evaluations, medication monitoring and therapy (individual, family, group) care five days a week.  

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Individual  – home and community services for individuals through the age of 21 which may include a Mobile Therapist, Behavior Consultant or Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Behavioral Health Technician.  Mobile therapists address trauma, parenting and family dynamics.  Behavior Consultants and Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide expertise in behavioral management and direct the implementation of individualized behavior modification support plans.  Behavioral Health Technicians implement and behavior modification plan and provides modeling for caregivers.

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-home and community services for individuals through the age of 21 that provides direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relationship between the environment and behavior.  The Behavior Consultant-ABA enacts a behavior modification plan in which the Behavioral Health Technician-ABA implements.  This service also provides modeling for caregivers.

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Group Services-these services are available to school-age children that are on the Autism Spectrum.  Psychiatric evaluation and medication management are provided as well as therapeutic intervention at the treatment site location.  Groups generally occur after school and over the summer.

Functional Family Therapy -this service is for youth ages 11-18 who are at risk or presenting with delinquency, aggression and/or substance abuse.  The program can be used with runaway or truant youth as an alternative to detention for first time misdemeanors.

Multi-Systemic Therapy – a five-month program which provides a 24 hour on-call system for youth ages 12-17.  It provides intensive family therapy and targets violent and/or substance abusing youth at-risk of an out-of-home placement.

Sexual Issues Treatment and Education-this in-home service is for youth ages 4-21.  It provides flexible hours as well as a 24 hour on-call system.  The team assesses the nature and acuity of the sexual offender's issues, clarifies socially accepted values, provides treatment and helps the victims of the abuser.

Family Based – a 6 to 9 month trauma informed in-home service which includes a 24 hour on-call system.  It is focused on family therapy and is used to divert children from higher levels of treatment or to assist in the adjustment to lower levels of treatment.

Community Residential Rehabilitative (CRR) Host Home-licensed homes with structure, support and treatment provided in that setting.  It is a less restrictive alternative to RTF.  The level of care must be prescribed as medically necessary by a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)-A six-month to one-year program providing 24-hour residence for youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems.  Education is provided on-grounds.  This level of care must be recommended by a psychiatrist as being medically necessary.

Short-Term Intensive RTF (STIR)-this RTF program is typically only 2-4 months.  The family therapy is provided in the family home.  Upon discharge, a recommendation for Family Based Services is made.

Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalizations -intensive, short-term psychiatric 24-hour care for the acute stage of mental illness or behavioral difficulties.  It provides treatment, medication management and stabilization.  The average length of stay is a few days to a few weeks.