Mental Health Professionals
Promotion of wellness in children, youth, and families involved with child welfare through partnership with behavioral health and mental health (BH/MH) professionals is curcial for those involved with child welfare.
A large majority of the cases that come through the Dependency Court System involve mental health/behavioral health services at some level. Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel and act. Mental health influences the ways individuals look at themselves, their lives and others in their lives. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.
Professional collaboration and communication assist children and families if adverse experiences have affected individuals’ mental health and well-being by securing the services needed to promote safety and well-being and overcome potential trauma from prior abuse or neglect.
Brochures and Handbooks/Guides
- Family Finding & Family Group Decision Making
- Kids Need Dads
- Office of Children & Families in the Courts
- Psychotropic Medication Key Questions
- Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Department of Human Services – Mental Health in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Medicaid
- Pennsylvania 211 – Free referral and information helpline connecting people to health and human services
- National Alliance on Mental Health Illness – Pennsylvania
Click here to access various video resources