Crisis Intervention consists of a 24-hour emergency telephone Hotline, mobile crisis counseling, and walk-in services. Services include assessment, brief intervention, stabilization, including voluntary and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, consultation, and connections with other community support services.

Eligibility: Any individual in need of urgent emotional support.

Service area: McKean County

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) are provided for children with serious emotional and behavioral support needs. Behavioral Consultants (BC) design and direct implementation of behavior modification plans. Mobile Therapists (MT) provide family and individual therapy. Behavioral Health Technicians (BHTs) provide one-to-one interventions to assist youth in improving behavior, self-esteem and social skills.

Eligibility: Children and youth must be under twenty-one years of age and have a mental health disorder. Also, the child must be eligible for Medical Assistance. If not currently receiving MA, the child may still qualify for MA regardless of family income.

Service area: McKean County

Family Based Services provide treatment and support for families with children who have serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and who are at risk of out-of-home placement due to family conflict and crisis.

Eligibility: Children and adolescents under the age of 21 with a mental health diagnosis.

Service area: McKean County

Outpatient Mental Health Treatment offers individual, couples, family counseling and psychological testing.

Eligibility: Individuals ages 3 and up who are having mental health problems.

Service area: McKean County

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a specialized therapy to address behavioral difficulties in children ages 2-6. Through modeling and coaching, the therapist helps the parent/caregiver implement behavior management techniques using play therapy.

Eligibility: Families with children ages 2-6 who have behavioral difficulties.

Service area: McKean County

Psychiatrists and CRNPs provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

Mental health counselors provide assessment, brief counseling, consultation and referral to community resources for elementary and high school aged children in McKean County.

Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment is provided to individuals with drug and alcohol addiction(s).

Eligibility:

Service area: McKean County

Suboxone treatment program is provided to adults with drug addiction. Suboxone is an evidence-based, FDA approved, treatment medication for heroin or other opioid addictions.

Eligibility:

Service area: McKean County

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) provides services for children experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

Eligibility: Children ages 3-18 experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

Service area: McKean County

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based, integrated approach to providing intensive, recovery-based treatment for the highest risk consumers of mental health resources. ACT is a service-delivery model that assists individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who have needs that are not being adequately addressed though traditional service delivery methods work toward recovery.

Admission Criteria

In order to be considered for admission onto the Modified ACT Team at The Guidance Center, a consumer must be an adult (age 18+), a resident of McKean County, PA, and meet the following criteria:

  1. Primary diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental health condition
  2. At least 2 of the following:
    • At least 3 inpatient psychiatric hospitalization in the past 12 months
    • At least 2 readmission to a psychiatric hospital within 30 days
    • Utilization of crisis services at least 3 times in any 30-day period within the past 6 months
    • Intractable severe major symptoms (i.e. affective, psychotic, suicidal)
    • Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder for more than 6 months duration
    • Involvement (within the past 6 months) or high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system
    • Homeless, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, or living in substandard housing conditions
  3. Demonstrated difficulty in accessing or engaging with traditional service delivery models