Evidence -Based Programs

Erie County, Pennsylvania

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The menu of EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS listed  have each undergone rigorous evaluation and been recognized as effective by federal and state agencies and/or prevention science organizations. In addition, all programs must address one or more of the priority risk or protective factors in Erie County.

​​Directory compiled by the Erie County Policy and Planning Family Team.

Target Client:  

Children ages 6 thru 13 from predominantly single parent, at-risk families.

Description:

Volunteer mentors initiate consistent one- to-one contact with a child and provide positive social, recreational, and cultural experiences to help the child reach his/her full potential.

Contact:  

Family Services of NWPA:

Daniel Stone

(814) 866-4505

dstone@fsnwpa.org

Target Client:  

Any family member who has loved one with a mental health challenge. The individual does not need a formal diagnosis.

Description:

To provided resources, improve communication techniques and education about mental health issues.

Contact:  

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Denise Kolivoski

(814) 456-1773

denise@namierie.org

Target Client:  

Families must be referred by the Erie County Office of Children and Youth or Juvenile Probation

Description:

Facilitates a decision-making process that draws together extended family members to  develop a sound plan to address concerns with regard to child safety, well-being, and overall development.

Contact:  

Family Services of NWPA :
Tim Keibler

(814) 866-4500

timk@fsnwpa.org

Target Client:  

10 to 17 years old  with externalizing problem behaviors stemming from relational problems within the family; caregiver must be willing to participate. 

Description:

In-home family therapy, one time per week for up to 22 weeks.

Contact:  

Family Services of NWPA:
Michele Kephart

(814) 866-4620 mkephart@fsnwpa.org

Target Client:  

Parents with Children ages 5-15 who are in need of techniques to promote emotional and social competence.

Description:

This program is utilized to prevent, reduce and treat aggression and emotional problems in young children ages 5-15. It consists of a two-hour session once a week for 11 weeks. In these sessions, trained facilitators use videos to encourage group discussion, sharing of ideas and promote problem solving.

Contact:  

Erie Family Center:

Connie Osiecki

(814) 520-8214
cosiecki@eriefamilycenter.org

Target Client:  

Parents with Children ages 5-15 who are in need of techniques to promote emotional and social competence.

Description:

Evidence based home visiting model that focuses on Parent-Child interaction, discipline and relationships. Led by a team of master’s level therapist and bachelors level case manager. The team will work directly with parents during the sessions and monitor the children’s health, school success and behavior. Sessions are offered for 14 weeks as well as 3 group sessions. Each program is tailored to the needs of the family but can be used as part of a truancy resolution or school intervention and can be court ordered. 

Contact:  

Erie Family Center:

Kristy McMahon

(814) 520-8214
kmcmahon@eriefamilycenter.org

Target Client:  

10 to 18 years old exhibiting sexually related anti-social and delinquent behaviors; caregiver must be willing to participate

Description:

In-home therapy 3-5 times per week addresses the determinants of sexually inappropriate behavior and related behavior concerns; provides 24 hour on call service.

Contact:  

Family Services of NWPA:
Erin Phelps

(814) 866-4585

ephelps@fsnwpa.org

Target Client:  

12-17 years old with delinquent behaviors  (i.e., verbal/physical aggression, truancy, substance abuse, experiencing problems at school, etc.); a caregiver must be willing to participate.

Description:

Intensive in-home therapy 2-5 times per week for up to 27 weeks; provides 24 hour on call service.

Contact:  

Family Services of NWPA:
Erin Phelps

(814) 866-4585

ephelps@fsnwpa.org

 

Harborcreek Youth Services:

Norm Stanford

(814) 899-7664 x311 or                (814) 440-8742

nstanford@hys-erie.org

Target Client:  

First time pregnant, low-income women; Must enroll before start of 3rd trimester of pregnancy (28 weeks); Low-income defined as eligible for MA or WIC.

Description:

RN home visiting services designed to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and the economic self-sufficiency of the family.

Contact:  

Project Secretary: (814) 451-6733

Erie County Department of Health Intake Nurse: (814) 451-6711

 

 

Target Client:  

Children ages 2.5 - 6yr, 11mo. Children acting out or exhibiting behavior problems (verbal and physical aggression, defiance, noncompliance, temper tantrums);  parents who could benefit from enhanced relationship and/or behavior management skills with young children.

Description:

Outpatient counseling modality; improves parent-child relationship; reductions in disruptive behavior;  improvements in parent behavior, parent stress, and maternal depression;  improvements in child school behavior;  generalization to untreated siblings. 

Contact:  

Achievement Center:

Danielle Garris
(814) 464-3051

daniellegarris@achievementctr.org

Sarah Reed Children's Center:

Matt Bogardus

(814) 835- 3126    mbogardus@sarahreed.org

Target Client:  

Parents with children ages prenatal through age 5, or upon school entry; any parent/caregiver may enroll for services at any time from prenatal (recommended)  until the age of school entry.

Description:

Home visiting service to work with parents; increases parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices; provides early detection of developmental delays and health issues;  prevents child abuse and neglect; increases children's school readiness and school success.

Contact:  

Erie Family Center:
Kristen Costa

(814) 520-8214

kcosta@eriefamilycenter.org

Union City Support Center:             Heather Brooks

(814) 438-7550       heatherb.ucfsc@gmail.com  

 

Target Client:  

Families who have children between the ages of 5-15 who wish to improve parents’ child management skills, parent-child relationships and family communication.

Description:

SFP is an 11 week multi- family group format to improve the parent-child relationship hoping to increase the family’s protection over possible risks that can alter a child’s future so that problem behaviors can be reduced or avoided entirely. The program focuses on setting limits, using consequences, protecting against substance abuse, handling peer pressure, family values, communication and asking for help.

Contact:  

Erie Family Center:

Michelle Martucci

(814) 874-6984     mmartucci@eriesd.org

SafeNet:

Robin Young

(814) 455-1774 x255            ryoung@safenet.erie.org    

Target Client:  

Any child age 3 to 18 experiencing a traumatic life event such as abuse, neglect, traumatic loss/death of a loved one, fire, disaster, auto accident, etc. (Children over the age of 18 can still be accepted into the program as long as they are enrolled in the public school sytem).

Description:

Weekly office based therapy works to minimize the negative impact of traumatic life events that may be resulting in depression, anxiety, or behavioral problems.

Open to children ages 3-21 with a qualifying mental health or high functioning ASD diagnosis who have experienced trauma; participants must be approved through the BHRS process; Trauma Focused and Grief Therapy is recommended through a psychological or psychiatric evaluation.

Description:

Weekly office based therapy works to minimize the negative impact of traumatic life events that may be resulting in depression, anxiety, or behavioral problems.

Contact:  

Achievement Center:
Danielle Garris

(814) 459-2755 x1116

daniellegarris@achievementctr.org

Barber National Institute

Steve Colvin

(814) 878-5930              scolvin@barberinstitute.org

 

Family Services

Directory compiled by the Erie County Policy and Planning Family Team.   

Questions or comments contact: Jackie Spry  (814)824-3673 | jspry@mercyhurst.edu

Updated 11.15.19