Children’s Services at Interact
All of Interact’s children’s behavioral health services are individually designed and provided in a manner that is child-centered, family-focused, culturally sensitive, and least-restrictive. The fundamental goal of Interact’s children’s services is to help families develop a plan to optimize natural supports, realize potential for resiliency and experience the power to change at any stage in their development. Outpatient care is the first step toward managing behavioral and emotional symptoms experienced by children.
A child or adolescent who is referred for treatment will receive a comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluation during which information from the parent or guardian, the child, teachers and other identified people in the child’s life will be gathered and assessed to determine an appropriate level of care for the child and family. When needed, referrals will be made to address more imminent safety concerns. All service decisions will be family driven and facilitate recovery and resiliency for the child and family members. Services for children and teenagers include outpatient individual and family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, medication management and in-home and in-community supports.
Interact offers children services in places and times that make the most sense for them and their families. In addition to the services on this page, we also offer children outpatient services at our Greenridge Counseling Center and satellite schools. To make sure your child is receiving the all the supports they need, you may also consider our optional testing services.
Home and Community Services (BHRS aka Wraparound)
Home & Community Services, also known as Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services or Wraparound, provide youth ages 3 through 21 who have serious emotional and/or behavioral disturbances with individualized behavioral health services in their everyday environments including home, school, and the community. Wraparound is based on a model in which skilled professionals “wrap around” a child and their family in efforts to help families access resources in their community and increase the child’s ability to cope with his or her environment. Interagency collaboration with entities such as the Department of Human Services or the School District of Philadelphia is often needed to address the complex needs of a child. Interact’s professional staff works with the family and these other agencies to make sure that the child’s needs are being addressed in a comprehensive way.
In order for a child to be eligible for these services, they must live in Philadelphia County, be eligible for medical assistance, have an eligible mental health diagnosis and a prescription for services, and have a parent or guardian who will consent to and participate in treatment.
For more information or to make a referral, contact us at (215) 487-1330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Therapeutic Services
School Therapeutic Services (STS) falls under the Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services umbrella. It was developed as an off-shoot to traditional wraparound services in which children were receiving one-on-one individual support while in school. STS uses a group Therapeutic Staff Support model which is supported by master’s-level clinicians who provide services such as individual or group therapy, behavioral analysis, and therapeutic consultation with teachers, parents, and other child serving personnel.
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and the School District of Philadelphia, our school-based staff works to support children by teaching coping and social skills, providing therapy, and planning and implementing individualized behavior modification programs. Services occur at the school during the regular school day to ensure academics remain the students’ primary focus while also reducing the stigma associated with having an individual therapeutic staff shadow the child throughout the school day. In addition, our STS programs are helping improve the school behavioral “climate” generally by consulting with school counselors and leadership staff and by participating in school-wide supports for all students.
Interact provides school therapeutic services in the following schools: