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Community and Outpatient Services - Children and Adolescents

Devereux Pennsylvania’s continuum of care offers Community and Outpatient service options ranging from day schools and assessment services, to wrap-around services, employment programs and therapeutic foster care. 

Look below to learn more about our available programs and services for children and adolescents. 
  

Autism Assessment Center
Carol Anne McNellis - (267) 788-6892

The Devereux Pennsylvania Autism Assessment Center provides families with swift access to autism assessment and diagnostic services. Unlike most assessment programs, which can have wait times as long as 18 months, our assessment center team can arrange an appointment with your family within two weeks of your initial call. We use the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule (ADOS-II) – considered the “gold standard” of autism assessments. With same-day preliminary feedback – followed by a detailed evaluation report with assessment information, diagnosis and recommendations – families can consult with Devereux professionals to discuss the report and receive guidance on the best, local services available to support your child and family. Click here to learn more.    

Devereux CARES (Center for Autism Research and Educational Services)
Kathy Keehn - (610) 873-4918 

Devereux Pennsylvania’s Center for Autism Research and Educational Services (CARES) is a noted leader in autism services in the Philadelphia region and beyond. CARES is an educational program licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that provides services to students, ages five to 21, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Programming is focused on increasing independence for each student. Instruction is informed by research literature on evidence-based practices for students with autism and development disabilities Click here to learn more. 

Devereux CARES Consultants
Kristen M. Villone - (484) 667-9850 

Devereux CARES Consultants partner with school districts to administer highly-effective educational programs that utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). CARES Consulting offers a comprehensive, team-based approach to understanding and treating challenging behaviors through positive strategies. Professional development trainings are individually-tailored to meet the needs of each school district, and are supplemented by modeling, coaching and performance feedback delivered by our highly-qualified consultants. Positive outcomes from partnering with districts include improved classroom and student achievement, as well as enhanced capacity to educate students with autism in-district. Click here to learn more. 

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS or Wrap-around Services)
Jennifer Cooper - (610) 422-1478 (for residents of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery Counties)
Christopher Rosado - (267) 338-0146 (for residents of Philadelphia County) 

Since 1998, Devereux has provided Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) for children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of two and 21. BHRS, or "Wrap-around” Services, are designed for children in the state of Pennsylvania who meet the criteria for Medical Assistance. The goal is to support a child in his or her natural environment (home, school, community). BHRS is a process that strives to create positive outcomes for each child – such as problem solving and coping skills – through a structured and individualized process that is family-centered and culturally competent. Click here to learn more. 

Family-based Services
Veronica Lattanzi - (610) 422-1483 (for residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties) 
Soledad Retamar - (267) 338-1187 (for residents of Philadelphia County)
Veronica Lattanzi - (610) 422-1483 (for residents of Philadelphia County) 
Taryn Sharkey - (215) 292-1832 (for Delaware residents) 

Devereux Pennsylvania’s Family-based Services supports children and youth with significant behavioral and emotional challenges, ages two to 21, to live successfully with their families in their own communities. This program incorporates families and caregivers in the treatment process to: 1) ensure a child’s positive involvement at home, school or within the community; and 2) reduce the possibility of placement in residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or foster placements. Click here to learn more. 

Outpatient Services
Maggie Cappelli - (610) 422-1481  

Available to residents of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties  

As part of our outpatient services, our dedicated therapists provide mental health treatment for children and young adults, ages two to 21, who are diagnosed with depression, pervasive development disorder, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder
and/or poor impulse control. These services include:

  • Individual therapy identifies a child’s specific behavioral challenges and develops the use of skills to enhance his or her strengths through various forms of therapy. 
  • Family therapy focuses on improving and enhancing family communication and positive support through education and family system therapy. Parents and caregivers are provided with strategies and techniques to provide the best love and support to their children.  

Click here to learn more. 

Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Maggie Cappelli - (610) 422-1481  

Available to residents of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties  

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based behavioral parent training program developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg that involves working with parents and their young children (ages two-and-a-half to seven). Using this approach, a therapist coaches parents during real-time interactions with the child. Parents are coached in two skill areas:

  1. Child-Directed Interaction (CDI): Parents learn to use or develop traditional play therapy skill to enhance the parent-child relationship.
  2. Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI): Parents learn skills for improving child compliance and decreasing disruptive behaviors.    

Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral therapy
Maggie Cappelli - (610) 422-1481  

Available to residents of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties  

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT) is a hybrid behavior therapy approach that effectively teaches how to better manage powerful emotions, urges and thoughts that seem to be difficult for the individual to control under their typical methods of coping and dealing with day-to-day life. TF-CBT is one of the most well-supported interventions in the child trauma field. Goals of TF CBT are to: 1) reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses to trauma; 2) correct maladaptive or unhelpful beliefs related to the abusive experience; and 3) provide support and skills to the non-offending caregivers so they can effectively cope with their own emotional distress and be able to respond to, and give support to, their child.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Maggie Cappelli - (610) 422-1481  

Available to residents of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties  

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based behavioral therapy approach that effectively teaches how to manage powerful emotions, urges and thoughts that seem to be too difficult for the teen to control under their typical methods of coping and dealing with day-to-day life. DBT is not a “process”-based therapy in which change occurs through exploring feelings and thoughts leading to insight but, rather, it is a skills-based therapy in which skills are taught, learned, practiced and measured, leading to changes in behavior.

Intensive Family Coaching
Maggie Cappelli - (610) 422-1481  

Available to residents of Chester County  

Intensive Family Coaching (IFC) is a model that is utilized in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS or Wrap-around Services). IFC is based on Parent Child Interaction Therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for children with significant behavioral issues or differences. The IFC program works with children between the ages of two to seven with disruptive behaviors. The goal is for families to build a more positive parent-child relationship.  

Blended Case Management
Jacqueline Leonard - (610) 422-1484 

Available to residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties  

Devereux Pennsylvania’s Blended Case Management program helps children, ages two to 21 – and their families – navigate the world of social services. Our teams work collaboratively with family members, funders and service providers to advocate on behalf of the child, ensuring care is coordinated, effective and responsive to the needs of each child we serve. Resources could include: behavioral health services, education, housing, employment, healthcare, legal aid and social skills. Click here to learn more.

Foster Care
Mike Moleski - (215) 965-5772 

Available to residents of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties  

Devereux impacts the lives of thousands of children in the foster care system every year. We care for youth – from infancy to 21 years of age – who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect, and who have been diagnosed with emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive differences. Our Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program provides specialized training to foster parents who provide a stable, supportive and highly-supervised home environment for children and adolescents with medical, psychological, social and emotional needs, including youth diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. Click here to learn more about Devereux’s foster care services. 

Treatment Family Program
Mike Moleski - (215) 965-5772

The Treatment Family Program (TFP) is a component of Devereux Pennsylvania’s foster care program; it focuses on placing children and adolescents (up to age 21) with intellectual/developmental disabilities and concurrent psychiatric/behavioral issues into loving and nurturing homes. TFP homes can be viewed as either a “step” down program from residential treatment or as a preventative program for individuals who are at risk for residential placement. TFP is based on the premise that all individuals can learn, and “every child deserves a home.” By assessing each child’s strengths and needs, using therapeutic teaching procedures, and monitoring outcomes, the program can assist each individual in learning to acquire new and/or more adaptive behaviors to replace challenging behaviors. 

Parenting Plus
Denise Alessandrine - (215) 864-6665

When parents understand the appropriate expectations for their children’s developmental levels, they can implement practices that are more likely to be successful, and help their children reach their full and unique potential. Offered in Philadelphia, Parenting Plus is a program based on three main components: 

  • Parenting education
  • Life skills training
  • Case management  

Among other things, program goals include increasing parents’: 1) ability to identify and manage feelings (e.g., anger, stress, grief); 2) understanding of ages/stages of child development; 3) knowledge of nurturing and responsive parenting reactions; and 4) knowledge about what constitutes abuse/neglect.