Allegheny Children's Initiative, Inc.

Family Based Mental Health Services

family eating breakfastFamily Based Mental Health Services (FBMH) are intensive, in-home services for children and adolescents and their families experiencing significant emotional or behavioral issues. The main focus of FBMH is to help caregivers care for their children in their homes and prevent out-of-home placement. Services are child-centered, family-focused and voluntary in nature. Our priority is to empower families through a strength-based, systems approach to treatment. FBMH also seeks to extend family and community supports.

Program Objectives

  • Strengthen and keep families together
  • Improve communication, problem-solving and stress management skills
  • Improve and increase coping skills with ALL family members
  • Teach and promote parenting skills
  • Provide advocacy for children in their home, school and community
  • Empower families to access services and natural supports
  • Team-delivered services
  • Crisis management 24/7

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or under (may be up to 21 years old if still in school)
  • Must have a DSM V Mental Health diagnosis
  • Services must be prescribed by psychiatrist or psychologist
  • One parent MUST commit to participate in the service
  • Must be at risk of needing treatment in a psychiatric hospital, a residential, treatment facility, or other type of out-of-home setting, be stepping down from those levels of care, or have little or no progress in less restrictive services

For more information, please contact our Intake Coordinator at (412) 431-8006 or
Allegheny Children's Initiative | 2304 Jane Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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