Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services are highly individualized mental health interventions that are designed to support a child in his home, school and community.

Central Behavioral Health Brochure – Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services

Central’s BHRS staff includes…..

  • Master’s and PH.D level Behavior Specialist Consultants and Mobile Therapists
  • Bachelor’s level Therapeutic Support Staff
  • Child Psychiatrist available for consultation and a psychologist.
  • In-home family therapy for families who have been unable to access traditional services at community counseling centers
  • One-on-one day care or classroom support for a young child whose behavior is seriously disruptive or inappropriate or for a child experiencing school phobia
  • In-home behavior management and parental skills training for children and parents experiencing acute difficulties in areas of discipline, social skills and daily tasks , etc.

Children under 21 years of age and their families.

The child must be enrolled in the state’s Medical Assistance Program offered through the PA Dept. of Public Welfare. We can provide enrollment information.

The child and his or her family must choose to receive this service — BHRS cannot be mandated.

A psychiatrist or psychologist must evaluate and state that BHRS services are necessary to stabilize an acute situation.

Typically, a child for whom BHRS services are deemed necessary is a child who is receiving or who has received mental health services in the past, who is involved with other child-serving agencies, and who appears to need something more.


To make a referral, call our Outpatient & Intake Services office and ask for the Children’s Intake Coordinator.

Anyone can make a referral: school personnel, mental health professionals, family members, etc..


Family Services

Family Based Services (FBS)

Central’s Family Based Services (FBS) program is designed to provide community based therapy and support services to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems.  FBS provides therapy in a family’s home by a two-person team under the supervision of a Program Director.

Life can feel very challenging and frustrating at times when you are facing stress at work, home and within your family. We recognize that raising children is not an easy task and want to help you learn new strategies to better manage behavioral and emotional issues that are impacting your family. The goal of the program is to increase parents’ feelings of empowerment, effectiveness and self-efficacy while also increasing the emotional and behavioral stability of the children. The function of FBS is to assist families with maintaining their child in the home rather than in a psychiatric or residential facility.

Family members are encouraged to actively participate in assessment, treatment planning, development of treatment goals, and ongoing review of progress.  The child, family and FBS team work together to develop a plan that is individualized and designed to fit each family’s unique situation.

Central Behavioral Health Brochure – Family Based Services

Services include:
  • Intensive Family Therapy
  • 24/7 Crisis Management
  • Case Management Services
  • Advocacy for the family
  • Support Services

The identified client (child or young adult) must be 21 years or younger, at risk for out-of-home placement (juvenile detention, OCY, psychiatric hospitalization and residential placement), a Montgomery County resident, and have medical/behavioral health insurance coverage through Magellan. In addition, at least one parent or guardian must be willing to participate in the program and the child and family must be experiencing difficulties serious enough to warrant intervention from our Family Based Services program.


Family Services

Outpatient Program

Feeling sad or depressed? Do you find yourself worrying about the future or feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Going through a major life transition? Our team of therapists can provide the assistance that you need during this difficult time.

Central’s Outpatient Program offers mental health and co-occurring services to adults, children and families who live primarily in the eastern and central Montgomery County area. Services include a comprehensive intake evaluation, integrated mental health and co-occurring treatment, crisis and emergency intervention, psychiatric evaluations and pharmacological management. Treatment modalities include individual, couples, family and group therapy, as well as, medication management. We also have an Administrative Case Manager on site to offer individuals additional assistance with locating resources, completing forms and applications, and presenting additional referrals based on the specific need addressed. Treatment is provided on a voluntary basis and utilizes a strengths based approach to address all issues.

Our therapists and counselors use various evidence based treatment approaches including cognitive-behavioral techniques, brief psychotherapy, and behavior modification. Medication, if needed, is prescribed by a psychiatrist who generally sees clients on a monthly basis. We also offer “open access” therapy times where a therapist or counselor is available for individuals on a “walk in” basis. Once in treatment, an integrated strengths based treatment plan is formed by the therapist and client to specifically address each person’s unique needs and goals.

Program Objectives
  • To assist people with less severe behavioral health and co-occurring concerns return to their normal level of functioning.
  • To help people in crisis return to more stabilized functioning.
  • To assist individuals improve coping strategies and management of life transitions and stressors.
  • To improve individuals level of functioning and overall quality of life.
  • To assist persons with mental health and co-occurring issues strengthen their resources so that they may remain in the community.

Outpatient & Intake Services

Abington Area Services