Allegheny County DHS - Residential Enhancement Service Planning Opportunities for New Directions
Office of Intellectual Disability
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United Way of Allegheny County
Description of Service
A highly selective, intensive residential program offered in three homes, for children and youth whose complex needs pose difficult challenges. Operates using a collaborative recovery model integrating effective clinical treatment with principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and community support programs. Offers an alternative to extended inpatient psychiatric care and/or repeated re-admissions by providing intensive behavioral and habilitation services in a safe, secure environment.
Potential participants may be referred to the process through the DHS Offices of Intellectual Disability; Children, Youth and Families; and/or Behavioral Health. When the Allegheny County Multi-System Rapid Response Team (RRT) identifies a child or youth with complex needs who has not been successfully served even when mental health, intellectual disability, child welfare and juvenile justice systems all work in concert, the child or youth is referred to RESPOND.
Children with a history of one or more challenging behaviors— inappropriate sexual behaviors; severe aggressive, assaultive or self-injurious behavior; limited cognitive functioning combined with severe behavioral disorders—and multiple disabilities, including fragile medical needs.