Emotional and Behavioral Health Challenges

Devereux serves children and adolescents from ages birth to 21 with emotional and behavioral health challenges across southeastern Pennsylvania.  These children are cared for in the environment best suited for their growth and well-being, including acute care, residential treatment, approved private schools, foster care and outpatient services. All of our programs embrace four significant essentials of treatment: family engagement, functional behavior assessment, trauma-informed care and positive behavior support. 

Devereux Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS)

655 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Executive Director, David Woodward, LCSW, BCD
Phone: (800) 935-6789

CBHS focuses its efforts on intensive services for at-risk children and adolescents with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Each year, more than 800 children and adolescents ages 6 through 18 receive specialized care in the environment best suited to the challenges they face, all with the goal of providing each child with the academic, social, emotional and life skills needed to return to their home community and become productive and positive forces within their neighborhoods. CBHS services include approved private schools, an acute care hospital, outpatient services, foster care, and residential treatment centers.

CBHS Approved Private Schools

Brandywine School, Glenmoore, PA
Mapleton School, Malvern, PA 
Devereux Day School, Malvern, PA (School website)
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Devereux’s approved private schools offer high quality, innovative special education programs that work in tandem with families and school districts to ensure that our students can return to their local schools and communities with the tools they will need to succeed.  Children and young adults may come to Devereux as a day student, or as a part of residential treatment.

Each student has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), which outlines goals for skill development and the best strategies by which the student can reach his/her goals.  A multi-disciplinary team, including the individual’s parent(s) or guardian, regularly reviews the plan to discuss challenges, progress and adjustments to goals as appropriate.

The Brandywine, Day and Mapleton Schools offer education curriculum to children functioning at all grade levels.  A multi-sensory educational strategy is used at all schools, employing traditional instruction, hands-on and independent learning, as well as technology, to individualize a student’s progress in all academic areas, particularly math and reading.  The transition from school to career, and all of the necessary interrelated skills, are a main focus of the school program.

Core Curriculum: CIDDS student

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics, including personal finance
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • School to Career
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Health & Wellness

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DCBHC Acute Care

Devereux Children’s Behavioral Health Center (DCBHC)
655 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA  19355

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DCBHC, the only free standing children’s psychiatric hospital in Chester County, Pennsylvania, employs a team of acute care professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of children and adolescents ages 5-18, and their families, in acute mental health crisis. Many of the individuals we serve are from southeast Pennsylvania, but DCBHC has served children and adolescents from other regions of Pennsylvania as well as neighboring states.

The treatment team, which may include psychiatrists, clinical case managers, nurses, teachers, licensed psychologists and clincial social workers, along with the family and child, work together to create a safety, stabilization and treatment plan that focuses on a successful discharge back to the community or lesser level of care.  The majority of children stay at DCBHC between three days and 21 days.  The stay could be longer based on the presenting symptoms.

Diagnoses may include suicidal gestures and attempts, cutting and self-injurious behaviors, depression, aggression, psychosis, PDD/Autism Spectrum, and/or drug and alcohol issues.

 Therapeutic Approaches:

  • Individual, group and milieu therapies
  • Behavioral management
  • Family therapy/counseling and support
  • Psychiatric, psychological and educational interventions
  • Problem-solving groups and community interventions

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CBHS Outpatient & Other Specialized Services

Jen Cooper, Program Director
1041 West Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: (610) 933-8110

Case Management Services

Devereux’s Case Management program aims to help children ages 2 to 21 and their families to navigate the world of social services.  We 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 mental health, education, housing, employment, healthcare, legal aid, and social skills.

Devereux offers two levels of care – Blended Case Management and Resource Coordination – and will assist families in determining the best level of support for their needs.

Blended Case Management (BCM): Through this program, individuals are required to meet with a case manager two times per month to ensure the effectiveness of the program. A 24-hour on-call service is available for individuals and their families for emergency crisis situations.

Resource Coordination: This program is offered for the individual who does not need the intensity and frequency of care that the Blended Case Management program offers. The individual is required to meet with a case manager a minimum of once per month. A 24-hour on-call service is available for individuals and their families for emergency crisis situations.

Family-Based Services

Available to residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Devereux’s Family Based Services strives to keep children and youth, ages 2 to 21 with significant mental and emotional health challenges, living successfully with their families in their own communities.  This program incorporates families and caregivers in the treatment process to ensure a child’s positive involvement at home, school or within the community – and to reduce the possibility of placement in residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or foster placements.

To reach this goal, clinicians visit children and families within their home. Parents acquire effective management skills and approaches to improve the child’s well-being, while the child or young adult learns skills to become successful in school, follow directions at home, develop and maintain positive relationships within the community, and reach expected emotional, social and academic achievements.

Outpatient Services 

Available to residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Office Location: 1041 West Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA

Devereux brings its expertise in behavioral health services to southeast Pennsylvania in its community-based Outpatient Services.  Our dedicated therapists provide mental health treatment for children and young adults ages of 2 to 19 years-old diagnosed with depression, pervasive development disorder, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder, and poor impulse control.

Devereux focuses its services in Individual Therapy as well as Family Therapy.  Individual Therapy identifies a child’s specific behavioral challenges and develops the use of skills that will enhance the individual’s strengths through various forms of therapy.  Family Therapy focuses on improving and enhancing family communication and positive support through parent education and family system therapy. During therapy, parents and caregivers are provided with parenting strategies and techniques that enable them to provide the best of love and support to their children. 

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CBHS Residential Treatment

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Devereux Pennsylvania’s three residental treatment programs provide 24 hour, out-of-home services for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges who need intensive services.  A team of caring, talented staff are dedicated to helping each indvidual achieve social, emotional and educational goals.

The programs each have their own focus, customizing their entire treatment environment to serve the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced specific emotional and behavioral challenges and traumas.  Common throughout all three residential programs, however, is the philosophy of Program-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PW-PBIS), a program-wide system of care that promotes and rewards positive behaviors, and prevents negative behaviors, to create safe, supportive living environments.

Children and adolescents served by the residential programs will attend the educational program which best suits their needs.  This includes public schools, intermediate unit programs and the Devereux Brandywine, Day or Mapleton Schools.

Program Components/Group Therapies may include:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Family Support Programs and Parenting Classes
  • Behavior interventions
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Anger management
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Stress Management and Body Awareness
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Clinical Services
  • Social Skills (Empathy, Cooperation, Problem-Solving, Social Perspective)
  • Life skills training
  • Problem-Solving          
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Anti-bullying/Social Justice Programs

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