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Youth Crisis Network

Description: Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services. Responds to youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and child abuse. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week
1-800-422 4673

Statewide and National Teen Resources Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Program-Department of Health

Provides free and confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Also provides treatment, education, surveillance, and resources to prevent and intervene in the transmission of STDs.

Contact: number below will direct you to a local clinic
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)


An excellent site concerning the issue of rape and sexual assault, aimed at teenagers.

Teen Help Information

Sponsored by Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Columbia and Montour Counties and supported by Geisinger Health System.

Toll-Free Hotline Numbers:
AIDS 1-800-662-6080
Runaway (24 hr/day) 1-800-621-4000
Sexually Transmitted Disease 1-800-227-8922
Suicide Prevention 1-800-222-9016
Pregnancy Care Center (24 hr/day) 1-800-395-4357

National Hopeline Network

When those looking for support dial 1.800.SUICIDE they are seamlessly connected to an available certified crisis center nearest to their calling location.

24 hours-1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Runaway Hotline

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through our Home Free program. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about alternatives to running from home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

24 hours-1-800-621-4000

Pennsylvania Teen LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning) Resources

LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central Pennsylvania
Phone: 717-920-9534 (9 AM-5PM)
Description: The LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA is a volunteer-led effort to create a regionally representative community center that is both a location and unifying point for Central Pennsylvania’s large, diverse and multi-county LGBT population. Common Roads, as the youth programming arm of the Center, serves LGBT youth in Central Pennsylvania through weekly group meetings in Harrisburg and Lancaster, support for area high school and college gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and community education and training on creating a safe space for LGBT youth.

Common Roads is coordinated by a team of adults who have expertise in working with young people ages 14-22. At least two of the team members are present at all meetings. Common Roads offers a safe environment where young adults can ask questions, get information and simply ‘be themselves.’
Common Roads meets every Friday evening in Harrisburg and Lancaster. Often, guest speakers address issues related to the arts and culture, sexual identity, safe sex, education and advocacy, religion and other issues that affect young people.

Pennsylvania Teen LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning) Resources

The GLBT National Youth Talkline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States
Phone: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

Psychological Services Clinic-Substance Abuse Services

Offers mental health and substance abuse services and treatment to adolescents on an outpatient basis.
405 Bloom Street
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 275-7770

480 Central Road
Bloomsburg, PA 17825
(570) 389-1249

352 Arch Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
(570) 826-5081

Rape Abuse&Incest National Network (RAINN)

The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

24 hours-1-800-656-HOPE

Statewide and National Teen Resources Alternatives to Abortion

Alternatives to Abortion-
Offers free, caring, confidential and life-affirming options to abortion. Available to individuals who are involved in an unplanned pregnancy, and to parents of infants up to 12 months of age.

Contact: number below will direct you to local resources
Phone: 1-888-LIFEAID (1-888-543-3243)

Statewide and National Teen Resources Family Planning Program

Family Planning Program-Department of Health, Provides services, information and counseling on health care for teens. Services are low-cost or free and are confidential. They include: routine gynecological care, pregnancy testing, contraceptives, cervical cancer exams, screening and treatment for STDs, and educational counseling.

Contact: Regional numbers below will direct you to a local family planning agency
Phone: Southeast PA: (215) 985-2600
Northeast PA: (800) 367-6347
Central PA: (717) 761-7380
Western PA: (800) 215-7494

Statewide and National Teen Resources Safe Haven

Safe Haven-Provides a safe option for new mothers not ready for motherhood and their newborn babies’with no questions asked. Young women can take comfort in knowing they don’t need to abandon their babies because there is a safe alternative. All hospitals in Pennsylvania are safe havens for newborn babies as long as the baby is unharmed and under 28 days old. No one will ask who is dropping off the child or where they live. Help is also available during the pregnancy. A confidential phone number (listed below) is available to explore all options and find additional services.
Contact: number below will direct you to a local hospital
Phone: (866) 921-SAFE (1-866-921-7233)

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Matches children, ages 6-18, in professionally supported one-to-one relationships to help children reach their potential. Both community based mentoring and site based mentoring are available.

Contact: Columbia County
Berwick (570) 752-4550
Bloomsburg (570) 784-0791
Northumberland/Snyder/Union Counties (570) 286-3127


Children’s Rights of America

A national advocacy group working to reform family child welfare systems. They support every child’s right to be protected from abuse and neglect and to grow up in a safe, stable, permanent home. The site provides information on child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, additional child welfare resources, and children’s rights.

Eating Disorders

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: (630) 577-1330

Help Teens Quit

A resource to help teens quit. More patient specific information can be found here.

High School Guidance and College Preparation

PHEAA (PA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY)A one-stop resource to help students meet their academic, financial aid, and career planning needs.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline-24 hours-1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
For support and more information, call the hotline to get help in your area.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Welcome to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Autism Section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies!

In this Section, you will find scientifically validated information about the causes of autism, and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach to treating it. The content of this Section is carefully refereed by an Advisory Board comprising the leaders in ABA and Autism.

Autism Society of America

Information for parents of children with autism. Topics include health, education and safety. Search for local events and resources.


Carbone Clinic – ABA services for autism

Carbone Clinic
They have been providing quality applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to persons with autism and related disabilities for many years. Since 2003, they expanded their service through a center-based clinic program in Rockland County, NY.

CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD)

It is a membership organization which provides bi-monthly magazine and sponsors an annual conference. For more information about Attention-deficeit/Hyperactive Disorder, please call 800-233-4050

Children’s Speech Care Center

Our clinic is dedicated to providing children (and adults) with the best, customized care and support possible concerning every aspect of Speech and Language pathology.
Phone Number is 310-856-8528

CONNECT Information Service

Information and referral services to parents of children with disabilities who are less then 5 years old- 800-692-7288

Consulting Behavior Analyst Christina Burkaba

My goal as a consulting behavior analyst is to improve my students’ lives as much as I can through teaching them how to communicate, to succeed in academics, and to engage in and enjoy social interactions with family, friends, and others in their environment.

Families for Early Autism Treatment

FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, educators, and other professionals dedicated to providing Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community

Genetics Home Reference

Website developed by the National Institue for Health to educate parents about the ways genetic variations affect health. It is packed with reliable, up-to-date, understandable information about basic genetics and genetic disease.
Genetics Home Reference

Maternity Care Coalition Breastfeeding Site

Provides resources for breastfeeding women and their families.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCLD works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescenct and adults with learning disabilited have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.
National Center for Learning Disabilities, 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401, New York, NY 10016,
Ph: 212.545.7510 ,
Fax: 212.545.9665,
Toll-free: 888.575.7373

National Down Syndrome Society

They serve as a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome
Phone number 800-221-4602

Parent Education Network

Offers parents information about federal and state laws and regulations regarding early intervention and special education for children with special needs- 800-522-5827

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania

Links families and friends of children with special needs, provides technical assistance, training
Phone number 888-727-2706

Social Security Department – Supplemental Security Income

A child might be eligible for 3 types of Social security benefits-
Social Security Dependents Benefits (SSDI)- for children of disabled or deceased parents.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- benefits are payable to children under 18 years old who have disabilities (an impairment that is as severe as one that would keep an adult from doing any ‘substantial work for at least one year’, i.e. a disability that limits the child’s ability to do things and behave in the way that children of similar age group do.), and limited resources.

Medical Assistance- government funded health program (Medical Assistance and Medicaid are the same thing)-automatic for patients with severe impairments regardless of parental income. – 800-772-1213

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)

A collection of Internet resources for those involved in the fields related to special education.

The Access Center

Its mission is to improve educational outcomes for elementary and middle school students with disabilities. It builds the capacity of TA systems, States, districts, and schools, to help students with disabilities learn from the general education curriculum.
1000 Thomas Jefferson St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 403-5000

The Special Kids Network

A free, statewide service for families with children who have special needs. They will connect parents with resources and support services in their communities, including: advocacy; home health; legal rights; support groups; summer camps; therapies; medical equipment; MA questions; private schools and more
Phone number 800-986-4550
TTY 1-877-232-7640

Berwick Salvation Army

Housing, emergency food, shelter, clothing, counseling, help with utilities (when emergency), and educational support. Community soup kitchen-which is free to those in the community that are in need of a meal. All services are free and confidential.

Contact: 320 West Second Street
Berwick, PA 18603
(570) 759-1214
Hours: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (M-F)

Haven Ministries

A nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, food, referral help, and life skills education to homeless families and individuals in the Central Susquehanna Valley area. Emergency food is also provided for the near-homeless population.

Contact: 1043 South Front Street RR3
Sunbury, PA 17801
(570) 286-1672

Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition

Offers counseling, shelter, and other emergency services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties in Pennsylvania. All services are free and confidential, and offered regardless of sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, race, or handicap.
Contact: Northumberland County (570) 644-4488
Snyder County (570) 374-7773
Union County (570) 5236482
Toll Free in Pennsylvania 1-800-850-SWIT (7948)

The Gate House

Serves the transitional needs of residents who require shelter; focuses on building and restoring the strengths of residents to ensure a successful return to their communities.

1 Gatehouse Drive
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 275-6766

The Women’s Center

Offers support services including emergency shelter for battered women and children, emergency services for men, emergency pet shelter, medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, support groups, and safety planning. All services are free and confidential.

Contact: 111 North Market Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 (570) 784-6631

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
1-800-544-8293 Hotline number
(570) 784-6632 Hotline number

Car Belt

Car Safety through the Traffic Injury Prevention Program- 800-227-2358

Car Safety

Another good website concerning car safety.

Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Provides advocacy, education and outreach in an effort to prevent childhood lead poisoning. Work in collaboration with families, community organizations, educators, government agencies, insurers, property owners, and health care providers to construct real, attainable and cost-effective means to create lead-safe and healthy homes.

Poison Control Center

The mission of the center is to reduce the number of accidents, severity of injuries, the number of deaths, and the healthcare costs associated with poison exposures- 800-222-1222

Quit Line

Pennsylvania’s Free Quitline, 1-877-724-1090, is offered as a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Cancer Society. Based on state-of-the art techniques in smoking cessation, the service provides counseling and structured assistance for individuals who are committed to quitting.

Safe Kids Worldwide

A group seeking to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer or children 14 and under. Information in both English and Spanish. Contains lots of tips for preventing injury.

Stay Safe

Site contains resources on internet safety and security for people of all ages.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

For parents who have questions about the safety of the products their children use, such as cribs and strollers. The USCPSC is committed to protecting the public from products that can injure children. Call or check out the website to find out if there have been recalls of any products or to report an incident or unsafe product (800) 638-2772. You may also e-mail info@spsc.gov.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Information on children’s health. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecolongists

Patient information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Includes section on Pregnancy


A resource for breast feeding issues.

Breastfeeding Help

24 hour help from local volunteers.

March of Dimes

Information for health professionals and pregnant women on a diverse array of topics relating to pregnancy and newborns.

Safe Haven in Pennsylvania

Information on Safe Haven in Pennsylvania. ALL HOSPITALS in Pennsylvania are Safe Havens. They are there to protect your baby if you are not able to care for the baby properly. All you have to do is bring your newborn (up to 28 days old) to a hospital and drop it off. That’s all. As long as the baby is unharmed and not a victim of any crime, you will not be in any trouble.


Information on health and pregnancy

Healthy Habits – Healthy Nutrition Choices Sesame Street

Sesame Street character web-based activities for children and parents directed at learning to make healthy food choices.



Site directed toward concerns about vaccines.

Questions about Vaccines

CDC’s site to help parents who have questions about vaccines.

Quit Line

Pennsylvania’s Free Quitline, 1-877-724-1090, is offered as a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Cancer Society. Based on state-of-the art techniques in smoking cessation, the service provides counseling and structured assistance for individuals who are committed to quitting.

Sickle Cell Disease Association

Provides non-medical supportive services, resources, and assistance to persons affected by Sickle Cell Disease and Trait.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Website packed with resources for parents, including a guide to finding a pediatrician, preventing injuries, and information sheets on health topics.

Attachment Parenting International

A kid-friendly parent group that provides information and networking for local families. Free monthly meetings on parenting and child development topics with the goal of building strong emotional bonds between parents and kids. Free, but $45 membership fee encouraged. (212) 473-4525

Breastfeeding Help

24 hour help from local volunteers.

Center for Effective Parenting

Website contains loads of parenting information handouts in English and Spanish.

Children’s Rights Council

Website for single parents contains information on parental rights, visitation, education, job sources, and more. In Spanish, too.


COMPASS–Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services–is a web site that allows individuals and community based organizations access to screen for, apply for, and renew a broad range of social programs including Food Stamps, Health Care, Cash Assistance ect.-see what your family is eligible for!!

Parents as Teachers

Provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support.

Parents: The Anti-Drug

Website in many languages to promote awareness of drug use among teens, with advice and information. Get a ‘parenting tips’ newsletter. Sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

A Family Strengthening Program that offers various parent support groups, foster parent support groups, support groups for grandparents, incarcerated parents, parents with children in placement. While in meetings children participate in various children’s programs in the same location- Also helps parents who have had a complaint issued against them through DHS know their rights and obligations they have- 800-448-4906


HB 20 created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a one of a kind program designed to provide insurance coverage to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but who could not afford to purchase private insurance. Pennsylvania’s CHIP program would later be used as the model for the federal government’s SCHIP program. Legislation for the federal CHIP program was signed into law August 5, 1997 by former President Bill Clinton.

Department of Health

For information on the Department of Health please go to the website listed below.


Pennsylvania’s Children’s Checkup (EPSDT) Program is a free health care program for kids, teens and young adults (birth through 20 years of age) on Medical Assistance. Keeping kids healthy is the name of the game. Children stay healthy through regular check-ups and shots. Regular check-ups allow a doctor to review a child’s growth and provide ideas for better health and safety.

Governor’s Commission for Children and Families

This site has links for children’s safety and welfare, CHIP, Lead Information Line, Medical Assistance Programs, Newborn Hearing Screen program, Newborn Screening progra, special Kids network, and PA recreation and leisure information, and information about Love’em with a Check-up campaign. This is a statewide outreach initiative encouraging pregnant women or women that might be pregnant to get medical care. Women and families can call 1-800-986-BABY to get information and referrals to medical providers and health care coverage programs. The goal of the Program is to improve access to health care services, providers and health care coverage so more healthy babies are born.

Healthy Kids Hotline

Provides information about low or no-cost health care services for middle and low-income families including prenatal care, Medicaid, CHIP-managed by The Dept. of Public Welfare – 800-986-KIDS

Human Services

For health insurance needs see website. SCHIP


The GOAL of the WIC Program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of the children during critical stages of growth and development.
Since 1974, WIC has proven effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems within the WIC population. WIC scored second highest in customer satisfaction among 30 high impact government programs in a recent survey.
Department of Health
Health and Welfare Building
7th and Forster Streets
7th Floor, East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120

1-800-942-9467 or
(717) 783-1289

In addition to onsite resources at public school districts, additional help can be found in the following locations:

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

Special Education services -Support programs include emotional, learning, life skills, vocational, multi-disabilities, speech and language and visually and hearing impaired.

CONNECT information Services

Serving parents of children with special needs who are still in school. CONNECT offers information on special education, parent and student rights, early intervention program information.
1-800-692-7288 Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way 335 Market St Suite 2a Sunbury, Pa 17821 (570) 988-0993 fax (570) 286-4581

Local Area Library: Montour County

Summer Reading Programs, Pre-school story times, book lending and other programs
PO Box 177, 205 Ferry St. Danville, PA 1782. (570) 275-4180

Local Area Library: Snyder County

Summer Reading Programs, Pre-school story times, Book lending and other programs. For libraries in Beavertown, McClure, Middleburg and Selinsgrove.

Local Area Library: Sunbury and Northumberland

Degenstein Community Library
Learn about services and events, including high speed Internet access, reading programs, and children’s activities; located in Sunbury.
Telephone 570.286.2461
FAX 570.286.4203
Email dcl.library@verizon.net
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Local Area Library: Union County

Summer Reading Programs, Pre-school story times, Book lending and other programs.

Pennsylvania Head Start program

Pennsylvania Head Start program is for low-income 3-5 year olds who meet a certain enrollment criteria call one of the following numbers to request a pre-application.
Columbia County – contact (570)-784-1076
Montour County – contact (570) -271-3268 ext. 6200
Snyder, Union, Mifflin Counties – contact (570) -966-2845
Northumberland County – contact (570) 523-1155

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Monday – Friday 8:00-6:00 p.m. Eastern Time 1-866-763-6481

Susquehanna County Literacy Program, Inc.

Susquehanna County Literacy Program, Inc. Montrose, PA Helps people 16 and older in need of reading, math, family, GED preparation, and life skills. Mailing address PO BOX 277 Montrose, PA 18801 Office location 17544 SR11, Suite 2 New Milford, PA 18834 (570)465-2880 or 866-261-8544 email: sclp@epix.net

Disabilities Law Project

Provides free legal services to persons with developmental disabilities especially disability-based discrimination. 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pa 215-772-3121
Also, 1901 Law and Finance Building 429 Fourth Ave Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 (412) 391-5225

Education Law Center

Promoting fairness and quality education in the public school system, and helping families understand and enforce their legal rights, from prompt early intervention services, children whose native language is not English, and children with disabilities- great web site 215-238-6970, 1315 Walnut Street, 4 th Floor,Philaphia,PA.
Also, 702 Law and Finance Building 429 Fourth Ave Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 (412)258-2120

F.A.C.E. (Father’ and Children’s Equality)

FACE advocates for children’s rights
to full access to both parents and their extended families, and provides advise and self-help support groups for non-custodial and/or non-residential parents-call (877)472-3223 or (877)4PAFACE for more information.

Juvenile Law Center

Public interest law center which provides legal services to children, specializing in reform of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and children’s health- The Philadelphia Building 1315 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA. 215-625-0551 or 1-800-875-8887

Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. PERK (Protecting the Education Rights of Kids)

Helping low-income parents with special needs children in Philadelphia improve or receive special education services, helping kids before they enter or get lost in the juvenile justice system. Call 215-587-3350.

PA Health Law Project

Dedicated to helping low income individuals gain access to quality health care. They also deal with the medical assistance grievance process, eligibility, and complaints- 800-274-3258 or email staff@phlp.org


An on-line resource for legal information and free or low-cost civil legal services to low-income people- only on-line.

Woman Against Abuse, Legal Clinic

Specializing in Protection From Abuse (PFA) issues and the legal questions that arise- 215-686-7082 or 1-866-723-3014

Women’s Law Project

Legal telephone counceling service for many issues pertaining to women’s rights including: Interpersonal Violence; Child Custody and Support; Separation and Divorce; Spousal Support; and Employment issues- 125 South 9th Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA-215-928-9801. or Women’s Law Project of Western PA 401 Wood Street, Suite 1020 Pittsburgh, Pa 15222 (412)281-2892

Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Conducts free multilingual legal advice clinics for new immigrants and low-income Asian-Americans as well as education about their legal rights.
(212) 966-5932

U.S. Immigration Support

Download applications for green card, visas, citizenship papers, sponsoring relatives and more. Not affiliated with the U.S. government.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Provides information and help on matters concerning immigration services and benefits.
(800) 375-5283

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians serves immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area.
Services include:
1) Job placement and employment assistance
2) Social service information and referral
3) Free monthly legal clinics
4) Advice and resources for small business owners.
1617 JFK Blvd., 13th Floor 215-557-2626

Pennyslvania Immigrantion and Citizenship Coalition

Takes part on advocacy and education on behalf of immigrant communities.

Housing Authority of PA

HAP funds help to assure: 1) homelessness can be avoided through a variety of prevention services assisting clients to maintain affordable housing; 2) people who are homeless can find refuge and care; and 3) homeless and near homeless clients are assisted in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Housing Authority of Surrounding Areas

Housing Authority of Columbia Co:
570-784-9373 or 570-784-7210

Housing Authority of Montour Co:

Housing Authority of Northumberland Co:
Milton 570-742-8797
Shamokin 570-644-0431


Housing locator of HUD.
See attached website.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. For more information call 1-866-857-7095

PA Housing Finance Agency

Many programs for low/middle income buyers, renters- 800-822-1174

Utility Emergency Service Fund

Utility emergency service fund.
See website.


COMPASS–Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services–is a web site that allows individuals and community based organizations access to screen for, apply for, and renew a broad range of social programs including Food Stamps, Health Care, Cash Assistance ect.-see what your family is eligible for!

County Assistance Offices

County assistance offices help families attain self sufficiency through supports such as cash assistance, food stamps and medical assistance. Individuals can contact the county assistance office in which they reside or apply online at
For more information on services:
Columbia Co Assistance Office: 570-387-4200
Montour Co Assistance Office: 570-275-7430
Northumberland Co Assistance Office: 570-988-5900
Snyder Co Assistance Office: 570-374-8126
Union Co Assistance Office: 570-524-2201

Food Emergency Referral

Through PA Hunger Action ‘Links families in need to food through local pantries or soup kitchens-

Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

Food Stamp Screening Line

To see if eligible for food stamps – 800-634-2033

Healthy Habits – Healthy Nutrition Choices – Sesame Street Characters

Healthy habits with Sesame Street characters in a web-based activities for children and parents directed at learning to make healthy food choices.

La Leche

An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.


Maternity Care Coalition Breastfeeding Site

Provides resources for breastfeeding women and their families.

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center

The Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center works to end hunger and to increase opportunities for all Pennsylvanians to meet their food needs with health and dignity.
Hunger Action’s Food Information Line links people in need to food through local pantries or soup kitchens in all sixty-seven Pennsylvania counties. There toll-free number is: 1-800-FOOD-997.
Hunger Action’s Food Stamp Screening Line helps people decide whether to apply for food stamp benefits. Telephone screening is available to residents of 65 Pennsylvania counties (excluding Allegheny and Philadelphia) and is toll-free at: 1-800-634-2033.

School Breakfast Program

Provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The program operates in more than 72,000 schools and institutions, serving a daily average of some 8.4 million children. It is administered at the Federal level by FNS. State education agencies administer the School Breakfast Program at the State level, and local school food authorities operate it in schools.

School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

Women, Infant and Children’s Program (WIC):

The WIC program provides supplemental food and nutrition education to ensure the health of low income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 years. It is a federally funded program and is free to qualifying participants.

Toll Free: 800-WIC-WINS
Columbia Co WIC: 570-752-6935
Montour Co WIC: 570-752-6935
Northumberland Co WIC: 570-988-1945 or
Snyder Co WIC: 570-374-8261
Union Co WIC: 570-523-6666

The Welcome Center for New Pennsylvanians

Offers many services including job placement, job readiness training, legal clinics, social service referrals, public policy seminars, Project Bridging Cultures and help for immigrant businesses.


AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency whose mission is to engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. It offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups each year. Full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.
Phone: (800) 942-2677
Email: questions@americorps.gov

Bureau of State Employment

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is itself a major employer. Nearly 80,000 people’a majority of whom benefit from the civil service system’provide services to the state’s citizens.
There are more types of careers in Pennsylvania than you can imagine. And, in addition, to offering exceptional educational opportunities, there are many ways that the commonwealth helps people connect to quality jobs, upgrade their skills, change careers or weather hard times.

Employment in State/Local Government

Nearly 80,000 state government employees work for Pennsylvania in just about every field imaginable. From auditors to auto mechanics, cosmetologists to computer programmers, scientists to security officers, the list goes on.
As a large and diverse employer, the commonwealth has many opportunities to choose from: full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent, entry level to expert.

Federal Job Info Center

Official federal website to search federal government jobs.

Monster.com Jobs

Online listings of thousands of jobs in the region and nationwide. Click on link below, type in the zip code where you want to work, and check out the listings.

Office of Vocational Rehabilition

OVR is the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, a State Agency that helps persons with disabilities help themselves to prepare for, start, and maintain a career. OVR has fifteen offices located around the State with over 400 professional vocational rehabilitation counselors. These counselors work every year with thousands of persons who have physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
Phone: Central office Harrisburg: (800)-442-6351
Williamsport office: (800)422-6359

PA Career Link

PA CareerLink is Pennsylvania’s one-stop service for job seekers. PA Career Link resources include job listings, directory of local offices, unemployment information, social services, and training resources. A self service system in which interested individuals have access to employment, education and training resources.
Career Link Team PA
Columbia County 570-387-6288
Montour County 570-387-6288
Northumberland County 570-644-6570
Snyder County 570-374-5751
Union County 570-374-5751
Lycoming County 570-601-5465

PA Civil Service Job Bank

A website providing information about civil service examinations and jobs in Pennsylvania.

CSIU (Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit)

CSIU offers educational programs and services to schools and communities in Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties.


Head Start -Pre-Kindergarten

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income three, four, and five year olds. It provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day.

Union County (570)966-2845
Snyder County (570)966-9693
Northumberland County (570)523-1155
Montour County (570)271-3268 ext 3900
Columbia County (570)784-8618
Schuylkill County (570)544-8959
Snyder County (570)966-2845

Learning Disability Association of Pennsylvania

LDAP is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to advance the education and general well being of persons with normal or potentially normal or above intelligence that have learning disabilities


Learning Disablilty Association of America

LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.


Office of Vocational Rehab

Phone number for the Office of Vocational Rehab 800-442-6359

Pennsylvania Department of Education

This website has a map of all the Pennsylvania school districts, information about k-12 education, higher education, special education, public and private schools, vocational schools, nursery schools, daycares, and headstart/pre-kindergarten. Just follow the links on the website.


Pennsylvania Libraries

A good resource for use of the state library.

Pennsylvania Literacy Corps

The Pennsylvania Literacy Corps is dedicated to serving adult literacy needs. PA Literacy Corps is a partnership between higher education institutions and adult basic and literacy education agenices. This statewide program promotes lifelong involvement as adult literacy volunteers while enhancing the higher education curriculum with courses in adult literacy and service learning opportunities.

U.S. Department of Education

Many resources just for parents. Such as preparing one’s child for school,finding schools, helping children read and special needs.

Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission

This site has information on all of the civil service exams and descriptions of what jobs can be done with a high school degree. They have online applications and many contact numbers.
PA State Civil Service Commission

Early Intervention

Early Intervention Services promote family centered opportunities for parents/caregivers to learn how to help their child grow and develop. It is available from birth to 3 years of age for those with developmental delay or at high risk for having delays based on a known condition. Early Intervention can provide information on development, early childhood education, and interventions to help your child grow and learn. The services are based upon the strengths and needs of the child and family. Some of the available services/supports are physical and occupational therapy, speech, vision, and hearing therapy as well as developmental specialist services. Anyone can make a referral for Early Intervention Services by contacting the appropriate local agency listed below.

CMSU (Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties)

Telephone: (570) 275 – 6080 or (800) 451-9720
TTY:(570) 275-2327

CONNECT Services – Early Intervention

This number will help you locate resources and local agencies 800-692-7288

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start offer development programs for children from birth to 5 years old from low income families. The website gives information to help you find a program in your area, and apply to programs.

Northumberland County Early Intervention

Telephone: (570) 495-2016 or (800) 692-7288

PA Health Info

A great resource for Autism.

Pa Coalition Against DV

Pa coalition against domestic violence.

Susquehanna Women In Transition:

The Susquehanna Women In Transition Center offers counseling, shelter and other emergency services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. There are advocates available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for support services.

24 hour hotline: (800) 850 – 7948
Snyder County: (570) 374 – 7773
Union County: (570) 523 – 6482
Northumberland County: (570) 644 – 4488

Women’s Center:

The Women’s Center in Bloomsburg provides free support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and incest in Columbia and Montour counties. They also maintain an office at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to assist victims in the hospital setting.

24 hour hotline: (800) 544 – 8293
Office: (570) 784 – 6631

Women’s Center at Geisinger:
Office: (570) 271 – 5473


Pa Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income three, four, and five year olds. It provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day.

Child Care Information Service

Helps families find quality child care. List of licensed and registered daycare sites, including some that help with subsidizing child care costs.

Montour County 570-275-3996
Columbia County 570-784-0963
Northumberland County 570-988-4452
Union, Snyder, Mifflin Counties 570-966-2216

Keystone STARS

This initiative was created to recognize, improve and support the quality of childcare in PA. It provides a list of child care providers by county and training link Keystone Stars.

Pennsylvania CCIS (Child Care Information Services)

This is a good resource to help with:

  • 4 steps to selecting a child care
  • Child care works subsidized child care program
  • FAQs
  • Resources

    Click on link below.

  • AAP — Section on Child Abuse and Neglect

    This gives addresses and phone numbers for sites all over Pennsylvania.

    Child Advocacy Center of Susquehanna Valley

    Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) seek to investigate, prosecute and treat cases of child abuse utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. Agencies of law enforcement, social services, prosecution and medical/mental health utilize a team approach that relies on the combined wisdom and knowledge of a diverse group of professionals.

    The Child Advocacy Center (CAC)of the Central Susquehanna Valley
    An affiliate of the
    Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
    Geisinger Child Advocacy Center
    218 Chestnut Street
    Sunbury, PA 17801

    Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (other)

    Where to call if you think you may harm or hurt your child.
    1-800-422-4453 or 800-4AChild

    Children and Youth Services (Social Services)

    Columbia County: 11 West Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 ph: 570-389-5700

    Montour County: 114 Woodbine Lane, Danville, PA 17821 ph: 570-271-3050

    Northumberland County: 322 North 2nd Street, Sunbury, PA 17801 ph: 570-988-4237

    Snyder County: 713 Bridge Street #15, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 ph: 570-374-4570

    Union County: 1610 Industrial Blvd #500, Lewisburg, PA 17837 ph: 570-522-1330

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse Hotline

    Provides information, counseling and referral services for families and children to ensure their safety and well being.

    Parents Involved Network (PIN)

    Parents Involved Network of Pennsylvania assists caregivers/parents of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. It provides information, helps parents find services and will advocate on their behalf with any of the public systems that serve children – call 215-751-1800, ext. 228 for more info.

    Northumberland County Mental Health

    Northumberland County Mental Health – Services include referral, information, and case management services for individuals and families. 24-hour crisis intervention. Located at the Human Service Building 217 N. Center St. Sunbury, PA 17801 (570) 495-2041 or 495-2040. After hours 1-800-222-9016

    Autism Society of America

    Autism Society of America aims to improve the lives of all affected by autism, it is a good resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support – call 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476) for more info.

    A Chance to Heal (Eating Disorders)

    A Chance to Heal helps prevent the incidence and reduces the impact of eating disorders, and promotes the importance of positive body image by education and advocacy – call 215 885-2420 for more info

    National Suicide Hotline

    Crisis centers provided through the National Hopeline Network – call 1-800-SUICIDE
    (1-800-784-2433) for more info.

    National Mental Health Association

    Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service – call (703) 684-7722 for more info.

    Mental Health Association

    Mental Health Association is dedicated to improving mental health recovery in communities through education, advocacy, resource referral and friendships – call 570.784.9583 for more info.

    CMSU – Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties

    The CMSU provides a wide range of mental health, mental retardation and drug and alcohol services to the citizens of Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – call (570) 275-5422 for more info.

    Boys and Girls Club of NEPA

    Their goal is to provide a compelling alternative to youth crime, gang membership, drugs, and other negative influences that effect our youth today by providing a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; and life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.

    Camp Setebaid

    A not-for-profit organization which provides health education and social support programs for people with diabetes and their families.

    Afterschool Alliance

    The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

    Camp Victory

    Camps for kids with chronic heath problems

    American Camping Association

    Will send ‘Parent’s Guide to Accredited Camps’ which lists accredited camps in area and camps for special needs children- 215-886-5385 –

    Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Central Susquehanna Valley

    BBBS helps kids reach their potential through positive adult role models.

    Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

    ‘Boys Scouts are a great way to get your child involved in positive activities. The Boys Scouts mission is for each child to master “character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.” WWW.scouting.org
    ‘Girl Scouts has for over 90 years helped girls learn positive values, get involved in their community and learn to succeed.

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