Abington Health’s Family-Based Services is an intensive in-home family therapy program developed to prevent out of home placement for children and adolescents. Treatment is provided over the course of eight months by a team of two family therapists who are experienced in working with multi-problem families. Our services are designed to stabilize your child by improving relationships between family members and creating structure in the home.
Criteria for Treatment
- Children and adolescents, up to 21years of age, who are still in school and reside in Montgomery County.
- The child/adolescent has a mental health diagnosis, and is at risk for out of home placement (e.g. psychiatric hospitals, foster care, Juvenile Probation and residential treatment facilities.)
- Less intensive therapies have failed.
- At least one parent/guardian will be involved in weekly family therapy sessions.
- All family members are encouraged to participate in the sessions.
Weekly family therapy sessions and individual sessions for family members, are offered as needed.
Collaboration with other service providers, such as schools, Office of Children and Youth, Juvenile Probation, psychiatrist, and therapists, is provided to treat your child/adolescent holistically.
24 hour Emergency Crisis Intervention
A Family Based therapy team member is available 24 hours a day to respond to your crisis and to prevent potentially dangerous situations.
Family Support Funds
Financial assistance is available for families in emergency situations and in need of basic items, such as food and clothing. Respite services can be arranged if necessary.
Funding is provided by Medical Assistance or Montgomery County Department of Mental Health. This service is free to the family, with the exception of the psychiatric/psychological evaluation required for admission to the program.
- Referrals may be made by any system that works with children and their families (e.g. schools, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, private practitioners, Office of Children and Youth, Juvenile Justice System, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and self referral. )
- A psychiatric/psychological evaluation documenting that the child/adolescent is in need of Family-Based Services, and is at risk for out of home placement. The program director will assist with this process.
- Referral sources may contact the program director at 215-481-5483.