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Behavioral Health Program For Students in alternative education programs

Program Director: Lorri Young West, MSW, LCSW

Who is served?

You are served if you attend an identified school and you are experiencing mental health, behavioral or substance abuse problems.

Why is the service offered?
The Behavioral Health Program helps you to resolve conflicts and overcome challenges as you build upon your strengths and make positive changes in your life.

What is the service?

  • You will meet privately with a professionally credentialed therapist who will listen to your concerns. Meetings will occur in the therapists office at school or in your home.
  • You will be helped by your therapist to identify areas in your life that you would like to change and to help you develop a plan to make these changes.
  • Your plan will usually include you meeting regularly with your therapist individually as well as your therapist meeting with you and your family.
  • You may also attend groups with other students who have similar concerns as you.
  • Your therapist will arrange for you to see a PATH psychiatrist, if indicated.
  • You and your family may meet with the psychiatrist who will complete an evaluation and may prescribe medication for you.
  • If you experience a crisis, your therapist and other PATH staff will be available to assist you at any time.
  • If you experience conflicts in school with other students or teachers, your therapist will help mediate these conflicts.
  • Your therapist will collaborate with school staff to support your academic progress.
  • If your family is not able, or prefers not to attend meetings at school, your therapist will visit you and your family at your home.
  • Your therapist may accompany you to appointments or meetings in the community.
  • You may attend group recreational activities that are scheduled during the summer and other school breaks.
  • PATH staff members also provide consultation and training for school staff to better meet the behavioral health needs of all students.
Where is the service located?
  • Services are provided at identified schools
  • Services are also provided in your home and in the community.
When is the service available?
  • Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Evening and weekend appointments are scheduled to meet your needs.
  • A therapist is available for you and your family 24 hours day/7 days a week for crisis.
You are eligible to receive services if:
  • You attend the identified schools and you have Medical Assistance (MA).
  • If you have any other health insurance, please call PATH to determine your eligibility.

How do I contact PATH?

Please call 215-728-4666 to obtain additional information.

Click here to view:
Alternative Education Program Brochure

 



Child with Therapist

"Thank you for listening to how I feel."

Tina, an individual who received services at Alternative Education Programs

Child in group discussion
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