Chestnut Ridge is open and seeing their scheduled clients. In order to protect both you and our other clients from any unnecessary risk, CRCSI is asking that all clients limit the people accompanying them to their appointments to those necessary for your treatment. If you need to set up an appointment please call us at 724-437-0729.  We strongly suggest that you consider scheduling a therapy or medical appointment using out telehealth options.  IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, CALL OUR CRISIS TEAM AT 724-437-1003. We are committed to helping you through these times.

What is HOPE?

Family Based is a voluntary service. A team delivered approach is utilized that is child centered, family focused, and family driven. The treatment team offers comprehensive and intensive services to empower the family to care for their “at risk” child or adolescent. The goal is to reduce risk of out of home placement and includes strengthening the family, improving coping skills, and being an advocate for the family.

What makes HOPE different?

Family Based service is available to its families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All clinical staff attend ongoing trainings to complete a three year curriculum for family therapist certification.  Family Based therapists also at-tend specialized trainings to meet specific needs of families in the Fayette County area.

How are HOPE services provided?

This is a voluntary service provided by a team of two mental health professionals.  Duration is typically 32 weeks and requires authorization from the family’s behavioral health care plan.  It requires community or in-home sessions 2-3 times/week at 1-3 hours per session.  Services are scheduled with the family based on their availability.

What to expect

After a family has decided to receive family based services, the treatment team initially works with the family focusing on gathering specific information. The team works closely with the family to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, establish goals, a crisis plan and identify any safety issues. A family agreement that explains the length of service, confidentiality, outlines the treatment team’s and family’s responsibilities and discharge criteria is developed.

Discharge from HOPE is based on the family achieving treatment goals and recommendations. During the course of treatment and planning, the team will assist in linking the family with other community agencies and programs for continued support upon discharge from Family Based services. Family Based is a voluntary program and families can choose, at any time, to discontinue the service.

For more information, call (724) 437 - 0729 extension 759 and ask to speak to the HOPE Program Manager.

Who We Can Help

Children and adolescents who meet the following criteria are eligible for this program:
  • Under the age of 21
  • Exhibit serious emotional and behavioral behaviors
  • Determined to be “high risk” for out-of-home placement or returning from out-of-home placement (hospitalization, residential, foster care, etc.)
  • Involved with multiple systems and is determined/recommended by a psychiatrist, physician or licensed psychologist to need services.

What is the cost?

Cost of services are fully covered by Health Choices/Medicaid or Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration funding with proof of ineligibility for Medicaid.

Referral Process

Anyone can make a referral for services. The referral form is available below. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader it can be filled out on your computer then printed, otherwise print the form and fill out in pen. Once filled out, the form can be faxed to (724) 439 - 8487, mailed to, or taken to any of our locations. For security reasons do not send these forms over email. If you have questions regarding the referral process please call 724-437-0729.
The referral must include the referral/pre-cert form and a letter or evaluation stating medical necessity for this level of mental health care, signed by the qualified evaluator/physician. If there is just a recommendation letter a full psychiatric evaluation is needed within 8 weeks of opening the family. Approval of the referred person will be sought by our agency or the provider of your choice, with the FCBHA or managed care organization, however approval is not guaranteed. If authorization is denied for this level of care, the organization denying this service will inform the family of suggested alternative options.