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Family Based Services

Family Based Services


  • Intensive home-based family therapy and support services for families of children with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances.
  • Family Based Services is designed to reduce or prevent out-of-home placements for children.
  • Therapists work with families to improve the functioning of the child and to help families better cope with their children's emotional and behavioral needs.
  • Weekly sessions generally include a parent session, a child session and a family session.
  • Crisis service provided by staff twenty-four hours per day/seven days a week.


  • Children and adolescents under the age of 21 with a mental health diagnosis.
  • Without intervention, the child is at-risk for out-of-home placement.
  • The child's symptoms result in a significant level of family conflict and family relational problems.
  • No cost to families.

Service Area

  • McKean County.


  • Each family enrolled in this program works with a two-person team: a Master's Level therapist and a Bachelor's Level casemanager.
  • All Family Based Services staff complete a three-year training program in family therapy during their tenure with the program.

Referral Procedure

  • Psychiatric or psychological evaluation specifically recommending a referral to Family Based Services within 60 days of starting the program.
  • For more information call The Guidance Center at (814) 362-6535 or (800) 322 0905.