Chartiers’ primary focus is the integration of physical health and mental health wellness to enhance the quality of life for all people with behavioral or intellectual/ and developmental disabilities. To reflect the integration of health and wellness, Chartiers changed the name of the service line from Behavioral Health Services to the Recovery Treatment Service Line. The program provides a full range of recovery oriented treatment and services for individuals and families.
Outpatient services are available for adults, children and adolescents with short term and long term behavioral health needs. The outpatient component provides psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, individual, group and family therapy. Service locations are available in Bridgeville. School based outpatient services are available in the Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks and South Fayette School Districts.
Acute Partial Hospital
Located in Bridgeville, the partial program provides intensive treatment, that primarily serves as a step down or alternative to inpatient care. The program provides interdisciplinary behavioral health services to focus on the overall treatment of each individual. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring and individual and group therapy.
Residential Treatment Program (RTP)
The RTP is a diversion and stabilization program. It is a unique program offering short-term intensive treatment in a residential setting. The program provides an alternative for individuals facing emergency hospitalization or for those needing assistance in making the transition from hospital to community living. Respite care is also available.
School-Based Outpatient Services
At this time, outpatient services are available for students requiring behavioral health services in Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks and South Fayette School Districts. Referrals for school based outpatient services are made through the school district or from the SAP core team.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The SAP is a cooperative program between Chartiers Center and the following school districts: Keystone Oaks, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Allegheny. The program provides early intervention for at risk students. Identified students can receive support within the school for referrals and links to treatment and community resources. Coordination with Chartiers’ Outpatient Services is also available.
Training and Social Rehabilitation
Located in Mt. Lebanon, the T&SR Program provides limited social rehabilitation through recreation, psycho educational groups and prevocational skills training. This program requires an internal referral from the clinical staff.
The Program provides an opportunity for consumers with a mental health diagnosis to focus on improving social skills and acquiring tools for their recovery. Dan, a Certified Peer Specialist joined the staff, and as someone who has experienced his own struggles, his input is beneficial to the consumers as he has a deep and personal understanding of the struggles of behavioral health consumers. Through his work in the program, Dan is able to help consumers realize that recovery is possible.
The program supports the inclusion of consumer-run groups. Our schedule consists of going out into the community on a weekly basis, helping to utilize and practice the social skills learned in the program. On a monthly basis, we conduct a cooking group that not only teaches the consumers cooking skills, but encourages healthy eating and incorporates overall wellness. The use of art is also commonly used in our groups, as an expression of self is important to positive mental health and well-being.
T&SR welcomes individuals with a mental health diagnosis who are eager to learn the tools for recovery and socialization and want to share their learning with others. Included is a sampling of recent art projects made by the consumers.