Dr. Ken Wallace -
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Ted Saad - Vice President of Community Relations
Mabel Scafede -
COMPREHENSIVE Children and
Family Services has been serving northwest Pennsylvania for 14
years. Our main office is located in Downtown Sharon and serves
Mercer County. We also have an office located in New Castle which
serves Lawrence, Beaver, and Butler Counties and an office in
Meadville which serves Crawford and Venango Counties. We also have
office space in Ellwood City.
At COMPREHENSIVE we are
dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism in our
services. Whether we are in the home or in the classroom we view
ourselves as guests and act accordingly. Our staff is continuously
trained not just on therapeutic and mental health topics, but on
first aid, proper restraint and how to avoid having to use it, and
on confidentiality to protect the privacy of our clients and their
families. We are a growing company because families, schools, and
other mental health professionals have put their trust in us and
have willingly referred us to others because we have kept that
New Castle Office
Wraparound Services are funded by the
Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Any child under the age of 21
with a mental health diagnosis is eligible for
Services are specially tailored to meet each
individual child's needs, giving the family the greatest opportunity
Wraparound Services are community based,
allowing services to be provided in the home, school, or a similar
less restrictive environment.
Services are designed and
planned with input from the family and other individuals who have a
commitment to the child's success.
Services are developed in
a culturally sensitive manner, building on the unique strengths and
values of each individual family.
Wraparound Services are
evaluated regularly to ensure that they continue to meet the
individual needs of the child.
A child or adolescent under the age of 21 is
identified as a candidate for Wraparound Services.
consent of the family, a psychological evaluation is performed to
confirm that the child has a mental health diagnosis and that
Wraparound Services are medically necessary.
A team meeting
is held with the family and key persons which may include the school
and other agencies.
The strengths and needs of the child and
family are mutually identified.
An intervention strategy is
developed jointly, and goals and objectives set.
accept responsibility for tasks they'll have, creating the best
opportunity for success.
COMPREHENSIVE Children and Family
Services assigns trained, qualified staff to work with the child and
family based on the teams plan of intervention.
The plan is
evaluated on a regular basis and can be modified, if necessary, at a
Therapeutic Staff Support
TSS workers provide one on one
intervention with the client in the locations prescribed by the
psychologist (home, school, and/or community).
implements methods and interventions from the treatment plan to help
the student achieve the goals of the treatment plan.
workers must keep their clients within eyesight at all times and are
not permitted to conduct personal business or read while working
with a client.
During school hours the TSS does not just
provide service during normal classes, they are with the client in
the hallways, during lunch, recess, and special classes.
workers at COMPREHENSIVE are required to have a college degree and
paid experience working with children in order to join our
Before working with a client for the first time TSS
workers must complete over 30 hours of training. Each year the
worker is required to have ongoing training to keep their skills up
All staff members are trained in Safe Crisis
Management techniques, but are also trained to de-escalate
situations so that they do not need to restrain a client in most
All staff members are committed to honoring
the confidentiality of our clients and their
Mobile Therapists (MT):
Therapists provide intensive therapeutic sessions for the child and
family in non-traditional settings outside of the clinic or
Mobile Therapists may meet with just the client or
with the client and their family for a session.
Therapy sessions vary according to the individualized needs of the
client and their family members.
Mobile Therapists are
required to have attained at least a Master's
Behavioral Specialist Consultants
The BSC is responsible for creating a behavior
modification plan in conjunction with family members, teachers, and
other individuals involved with the child.
If the family or
teachers are already using a behavior modification plan which is
working successfully for the child, the BSC is responsible for
utilizing the existing plan.
The BSC assesses, designs, and
monitors a program that fits the needs of each child and family, and
is implemented in accordance with the Team's plan.
The BSC is
required to have obtained at least a Master's Degree.
COMPREHENSIVE's Specialized Autism Program:
The Autism/PDD Program at COMPREHENSIVE Children and Family
Services helps children achieve their fullest potential. We provide
families with a support network of information and consulting
services that strives to meet the behavioral and emotional needs of
the child. Our program develops self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and
social skills enabling the child to successfully function within the
community. At COMPREHENSIVE Children and Family Services, we take
multiple approaches to treat your child. We believe that each child
is unique, has special qualities, and that care should be
individualized and reflect this philosophy. Our knowledgeable,
caring, and experienced staff is committed to providing the highest
standards of service.
COMPREHENSIVE's Autism Support
We are pleased to be able to offer a support group
for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Each meeting
a topic is selected and information is presented by a member of our
clinical staff, discussions are held on issues important to you as
parents, and space is provided for your children to play under the
supervision of members of our TSS staff. To find out the date, time
and topic of the next meeting and for additional information on this
aspect of our autism program, please call our Sharon office at (724)
981-9900 or Toll Free (800) 630-2237.
A caring, knowledgeable staff sensitive to the
needs of the individual and family.
families to meet the needs of the child, as well as those of the
Educational materials and support groups covering a
variety of topics pertaining to Pervasive Development Disorders are
Utilization of methods that enhance appropriate
development using components of various therapeutic
Generalized learning that includes the home,
school, and community environments.
treatment team members in specialized therapies, such as
occupational, speech, and physical.