Family-Based Mental Health Services

Program Overview

Smiling GirlPressley Ridge believes that children should grow up in their families if at all possible. Even children with intense needs can be served in their homes with adequate community resources and familial support. The primary purpose of the Family-Based Mental Health program is to reduce the need for out-of-home placements (particularly, inpatient hospitalizations) for children with mental health diagnoses.

We always strive to find the family’s strengths and build upon them. The relationship we create with a family is the catalyst that begins the process of change. The program team views families as collaborators in identifying goals and in implementing various treatments. Families are active participants in every phase of treatment. In addition, the program seeks to help the child and family make safe connections to their community. The Family-Based program operates in six southwestern Pennsylvania counties (Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Greene, Fayette, and Westmoreland).


The Family-Based Program is a comprehensive service. The program’s scope and family focus can eliminate or reduce the need for additional outside services such as crisis intervention, individual or family therapy, or children’s case management.

The services offered by the program include:

  • Intensive Short-Term Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Management
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Family Support Services
  • Family Unit Strength and Needs Assessment
  • Flexible and individualized Treatment/Support
  • Natural Support Network and Community Resource Development
Who Do We Serve?

The Family-Based Program serves children and adolescents who are seriously emotionally disturbed. In addition, our children are those who are at the highest risk of a psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement.

  • Children with mental health diagnoses from preschool age through adolescence
    (up to age 21 if they are still in school)
  • Child or adolescent that has a mental illness or emotional disturbance and is at risk of out-of-home placement, such as in-patient psychiatric care, residential, or foster care
  • Child that is typically involved in one or more of the child-serving systems

Due to the program’s family focus, at least one adult member of the child’s household must agree to actively participate. The family must be available for frequent home visits.


There are no fees to families who participate in this service. This service is reimbursable by Medical Assistance, behavioral health managed care companies, and/or the county government.

More Information

Every attempt is made to serve children and their families as quickly as possible. Referrals are acted upon within 48 hours. In the event that a timely response cannot be made, the referral source (or family) will be directed to another in-county family-based program or an appropriate alternative service. It is always the family’s option to remain on the list until a team is available. Referral sources should contact Pressley Ridge Central Admissions at (888) 777-0820 to begin the process.

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Contact Details

Beaver Falls
1008 Seventh Avenue, Suite 101
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: (724) 843-5320
Fax: (724) 843-5401

1001 Georges Station Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 830-1420
Fax: (724) 830-1425

2611 Stayton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (412) 442-2080
Fax: (412) 231-5199

110 Daniel Drive, Suite 9
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 430-6000
Fax: (724) 430-6009

The Plaza Building
150 W. Beau Street, Suite 217
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: (724) 225-4400
Fax: (724) 225-6520

95 East High Street, Suite 103
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: (724) 627-4777
Fax: (724) 627-5948

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