Operating in Lehigh and Northampton counties, Pennsylvania MENTOR’s Family Based Mental Health Services work with children and adolescents (ages 5 through high school graduation) with severe emotional and behavioral issues and their families.
Family Based Mental Health Services are intended to strengthen the family system and enhance the functioning of the child to reduce the risk of psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement. They are intended for cases where the functioning of the family along with the primary psychiatric diagnosis of the child combines to prevent successful resolution of problems. Family Based Mental Health Services can be provided up to a maximum of 32 weeks.
The Family Based team is composed of a Master’s level Mental Health Professional who functions as the primary therapist and a Bachelor’s level Mental Health Worker who provides support and case management services. Through weekly individual and family therapy sessions, the team works with the youth and their family to identify barriers to: communication, conflict resolution, bonding and areas of family life that have an impact on and are impacted by the child’s mental health issues. Utilizing the child and family’s strengths, the team assists in the development and enhancement of skills necessary for successful functioning at home, school and in the community.
For more information, please contact Kevin Brockel, Program Director, at 610-867-3173.