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PITTSBURGH ACTION AGAINST RAPE (PAAR)

Private non-profit organization which offers expert therapy, medical/legal advocacy and educational programs for children and teens on understanding and reducing the risk of sexual violence.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-5665
PAAR Website

SPECIFIC AUTISM RESOURCES

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURHGH’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT UNIT (see above)

THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF PITTSBURGH
A privately funded resource and outreach program specifically focused on issues of Autism and Autism spectrum diseases in the Pittsburgh area. They have information for families on referrals, medications and nutritional information as well as a library or autism resources that is publicly accessible. They also provide the innovative SPEAK summer program to help children with Autism develop recreation skills and the Spectrum Charter School for Children with Autism.
– CONTACT INFO:
4371 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 856-7223
Autism Society of Pittsburgh’s Website

Wesley Spectrum
Wesley Spectrum provides a diverse range of education, autism, mental health and social services to children and families throughout western Pennsylvania. We create transformational support, allowing children, adolescents, individuals, and families build resiliency skills to successfully cope with life’s adversities.
– CONTACT INFO:
221 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15221
412-342-2300
http://www.wesleyspectrum.org/

SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY/METNAL RETARDATION RESOURCES

CHARTIERS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AND RETARDATION CENTER (see above)

ACHIEVA
Formerly known as ARC Allegheny, this is western Pennsylvania’s largest nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities. Early childhood supports include Early Intervention, advocacy, respite services, camp programs and financial planning. Adolescent services also include transitional living programs.
– CONTACT INFO:
711 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 995-5000
ACHIEVA’s Website

TREE OF HOPE

A faith-based organization intended to meet the needs of families who have suffered a traumatic loss. Services focus around immediate crisis intervention as well as meeting emotional, economic, and psychosocial needs. They provide unique types of therapy for children and serve as child advocates.
– CONTACT INFO:
13 Pride St.
Professional Bldg, Suite One
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
(412) 434-0404

Tree of Hope Website

WESTERN PYSCHIATRIC INSTITUTE AND CLINIC (WPIC)

WPIC is one of the leading university-based mental health facilities in the country. It is part of UPMC and together they have developed a Behavioral Health network, which includes several regional behavioral health affiliates. WPIC specializes in the treatment of multiple disorders including anxiety, eating disorders and addiction. They target several programs to children and adolescents (STAR, COPE) and provided services such as resident treatment (KidSTEP), community-based wraparound and Cactis/Mobile Crisis intervention services.
– CONTACT INFO:
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593
(412) 624-2100

SERVICES FOR TEENS AT RISK (STAR)
STAR is another programed offered by WPIC Hospital. It specializes in preventing and treating suicidal behaviors, depression, and interpersonal violence in teens. Provides outpatient assessment and services for kids aged 13-18 at risk of suicide as well as post-intervention counseling. They also provide grief counseling groups and suicide survivor counseling as well as outreach into the local community via schools and community organizations.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 246-5619

CENTER FOR OVERCOMING PROBLEM EATING (COPE)
This program is part of the services offered by WPIC and centers on treatment for patients with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia nervosa at all levels of care. There is a 20 bed inpatient unit for the most seriously ill patient which is run by a multidisciplinary team. There are also Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs which provide structured therapy in a supportive environment without being in a hospital setting and an outpatient clinic used for assessment and extend counseling.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 647-9329
COPE’s Website

YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTERED SERVICES (YFCS) at SOUTHWOOD PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

YFCS is a national organization dedicated to providing support to troubled children and adolescents. Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is a YFCS facility in Pittsburgh which has slowly expanded its services to include a 21 bed acute inpatient facility, 63 bed residential program which utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a variety of community-based programs which target children ages 4 – 18 with psychiatric illness.
– CONTACT INFO:
2575 Boyce Plaza Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
(412) 257-2290
Southwood Hospital’s Website

—–MENTAL HEALTH—–

Compiled by Drs. Abikoff, Friehling, and Geisler, Residents at Children’s Hosptial of Pittsburgh
Last updated on March 27, 2008.

ALLEGHENY HEALTH SYSTEM

Allegheny General Hospital, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, has a division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which includes both inpatient and outpatient programs. Treatment is available for several emotional and behavioral problems including Adjustment disorders, Autism, Tourette’s and Attention deficit.
– CONTACT INFO:
320 East North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 359-3131
Allegheny Health System’s Website

CENTER FOR TRAUMATIC STRESS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (CTSCA)

CTSCA is a service of Allegheny General Hospital that serves children and families who have experienced traumatic or stressful events. They provide evaluation and treatment of children after events including abuse, witnessing violence, death of a family member and/or natural disasters and aim to alleviate serious symptoms and promote healthy coping responses. They also provide Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG) educational materials for schools and consumer groups and members work with outreach organizations.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 330-4328
CTSCA website

CHARTIERS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AND RETARDATION CENTER

Mental health department, which helps to assist individuals with emotional or mental health problems and their families. Services are available for children over the age of 6 years. Services provided include support, rehabilitation services and partial hospitalization services/day programs.
– CONTACT INFO:
437 Railroad Street
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 221-3302 ext 123
Chartiers Community Website

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH’S CHILD DEVELOPMENT UNIT

The CDU specializes in assessing a child’s delays developmentally, behaviorally or emotionally; developmental disorders; genetic disorders; or long-term consequences of medical conditions. This assessment leads to referrals for appropriate services and recommendations for building on a child’s strengths and for helping him or her in problem areas. This is assessment is done through a team based approach. Other services include Down’s Syndrome and Fragile X clinic as well as the Autism Center.
– CONTACT INFO:
Children’s Oakland Medical Building
3420 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 692-5589

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAMS

PARENTS OF TEENAGE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSERS (POTADA)
A support group for parents and other adult relatives of children with alcohol and drug problems. Members meet to discuss and help each other cope with the difficulties and emotional hardships that they endure as a result of their relationship with someone with a substance abuse problem. The group is anonymous.
– CONTACT INFO:
John McMillan United Presbyterian Church
875 Clifton Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

GATEWAY GENESIS
A division of Gateway Rehab dedicated to youth and adolescents with drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. Services include detoxification if necessary, inpatient assessment, stabilization and rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, after school programs and outpatient counseling. Programs are individually tailored to the social, emotional and psychological needs of the individual. Also offered is the YES program, an intensive, moderate term residential treatment program for youth with drug and alcohol issues who have been court ordered through area counties.
– CONTACT INFO:
100 Moffet Run Road
Aliquippa, PA
(800) 472-1177

Gateway Rehab’s Website

FAMILY LINKS

A non-profit social service agency that provides mental health and mental retardation programs, youth and family development programs, adult community services, alcohol and other drug treatment, and school-based prevention services to children, families and individuals throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Services include the family based mental health program, a mobile crisis intervention service, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, case management and wrap around. Additionally shelter and job training are provided.
– CONTACT INFO:
250 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661-1800
Family Links’ Website

HERITAGE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM–STAUNTON CLINIC

JCAHO accredited treatment facility with children and adult programs including psychiatric evaluations and management, family therapy, counseling and student assistance programs at area schools. Inpatient therapy available for children 12 years and older.
– CONTACT INFO:
300 Bilmar Drive, Suite #240
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 749-7341
Other Northwest locations include; McKees Rocks, Rochester, Imperial, Wexford, Bellevue and Edgeworth Square (largest facility).
Heritage Valley Website

MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY RESOURCES

Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES), Mental Health and Drug/Alcohol Crisis Intervention 24-hour line: 1-888-424-2287

CONTACT Pittsburgh
Crisis and Suicide Hotline: (412) 820-HELP
Student and Young Adult Line: (412) 820-HELP

WPIC Emergencies: 1-877-624-4100
Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC): (412) 624-2000

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape – PAAR
24-hour Free Hotline: 1-866-363-7273

Tree of Hope
For children who have been exposed to or witnessed violent crimes.
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-804-8410

MERCY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Part of Pittsburgh’s Mercy Hospital, Mercy Behavior Health has locations in multiple communities throughout Allegheny County. In additional to their adult services, there are multiple outpatient programs which target children and adolescents. Services include play therapy, family therapy, school – based treatment, A Child’s Place and Wrap Around services.
– CONTACT INFO: Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES) 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-424-2287
Mercy’s Behvioral Health Website

NORTH HILLS YOUTH MINISTRY COUNSELING CENTER

A community organization providing counseling to youth, teens and families as well as education, prevention and advocacy cervices. Services are faith-based but non-denominational. Specific programs include school difficulty, drug and alcohol, depression, peer pressure, family conflict and suicide. Individual services are provided to elementary and teen-aged children as well as family and group settings. Educational resources and tutoring are also available.
– CONTACT INFO:
802 McKnight Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412)366-1300
North Hills Website