About Our CompanyComprehensive 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 trust.
- Anger Management
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Autism Services (Specialized)
- Behavior Specialist Licensed Professionals
- Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professionals
- Child/Adult Outpatient Services
- Cognitive, Behavioral and Play Therapy
- Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) – PA Bureau of Autism Services
- Greenspan, Miller Methods
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- Licensed Psychologists
- Medication Management
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- Psychological Evaluations
- School Based Behavioral Health Services
- Social Skills Groups
- Wraparound Services (Behavior Specialist Consultants, Functional Behavioral Assessments, Mobile Therapists, Therapeutic Staff Support)
Meet Our Personnel
Prior to starting the agency 17 years ago, he was the Executive Director of Volunteers of America in Mansfield, Ohio; Director of Children and Family Services at the Community Counseling Center in Mercer County; Planning Director for Mercer County MH/MR/CYS; and the Administrator at The Bair Foundation, in charge of Foster Care and In-Home Services for the western half of Pennsylvania. His wife is a retired Elementary School Principal, and Jack has been involved with Wraparound Services since their inception in Pennsylvania almost 25 years ago.
Ken Wallace, PsyD
VP of Clinical Services
VP of Clinical Services
A Doctoral Level Clinical Psychologist, he is responsible for the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program, psycho-educational groups for school-age populations, the supervision and training of all clinical staff, and staff development trainings for school districts. He has worked extensively in public and private school settings for over 20 years providing counseling, direct care, testing assessments, and behavioral consultation to regular and special education classrooms. Dr. Wallace continues to maintain a private practice, and has been with COMPREHENSIVE for over 13 years.
VP of Operations
VP of Operations
As the Administrator at COMPREHENSIVE for the past 14 years, she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the agency, including compliance with Department of Public Welfare regulations. She and her husband, Principal at Hickory Middle School in Mercer County, previously worked at George Junior Republic as live-in counselor parents for 6 years. Misty has worked with Wraparound Services for over 20 years.
VP of Community Relations
VP of Community Relations
Ted ensures that all programming within the school and home environments is being provided appropriately. He has almost 30 years of experience in the school setting, both as a classroom teacher and Principal; and he served as a Manager for the Bureau of Children and Youth Services for over 10 years. Ted has been with COMPREHENSIVE for 14 years.
Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS):
TSS workers provide one on one intervention with the client in the locations prescribed by the psychologist (home, school, and/or community). The TSS implements methods and interventions from the treatment plan to help the student achieve the goals of the treatment plan. TSS 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.
TSS workers at COMPREHENSIVE are required to have a college degree and paid experience working with children in order to join our team.
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 to date.
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 circumstances. All staff members are committed to honoring the confidentiality of our clients and their families.
Mobile Therapists (MT):
Mobile Therapists provide intensive therapeutic sessions for the child and family in non-traditional settings outside of the clinic or office. Mobile Therapists may meet with just the client or with the client and their family for a session. Mobile 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 Degree.
Behavioral Specialist Consultants (BSC):
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.
OUR AUTISM PROGRAM
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 Group:
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.
Autism Program Features:
A caring, knowledgeable staff sensitive to the needs of the individual and family.
Collaboration with families to meet the needs of the child, as well as those of the family.
Educational materials and support groups covering a variety of topics pertaining to Pervasive Development Disorders are available.
Utilization of methods that enhance appropriate development using components of various therapeutic approaches.
Generalized learning that includes the home, school, and community environments.
Collaboration with treatment team members in specialized therapies, such as occupational, speech, and physical.