Providing support every step of the way
Children, Youth, and Family Advocacy
For children and adolescents dealing with a mental health condition, a strong support system is important to overcoming obstacles. And those families need support, too. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania understands the significance of a strong support system for the entire family unit, which is why we work closely with a number of family advocacy organizations and serve on numerous committees and work groups aimed at guiding youth and families through the system.
One avenue for advocacy is education. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania provides NAMI Basics, a free, 6-week education program for families and caregivers of children and adolescents who are experiencing behavioral health concerns. We also offer NAMI Ending the Silence, a 50-minute mental health awareness program designed for high school-aged youth. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s education team also delivers specialized presentations in schools for students, teachers and administrators, and parents.
Learn more about NAMI’s Signature Education Programs.
When young people are hospitalized, it is frightening for them and their families. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is here to offer support, information, and guidance for families and caregivers who need to learn what steps come next in the process. We work closely with a number of organizations that assist in the support process.
The Allegheny Family Network is a family-run organization. All employees are parents or caregivers who have raised a child with mental health and/or emotional challenges. AFN provides partners who offer one-on-one support for families as they seek and receive services.
The Education Law Center ensures access to a quality public education for all children by advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable students.
For parents looking for an education advocate within Allegheny County, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania directs them to the
Office of Behavioral Health Bureau of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
First Episode Psychosis
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania and NAMI National are strong supporters of First Episode Psychosis Programs, which treat psychosis in its earliest stages. NAMI has a variety of FEP resources, including an Expansion Toolkit that provides background, research, and ideas for how individuals and families can get involved in advocating for FEP programs.
#StrongMomStrongBaby is a statewide effort to amend legislation to provide support to moms and their babies when mom is experiencing postpartum depression.
Project LAUNCH aims to promote the social emotional, behavioral, and physical health and cognitive development of young children from birth to age 8.
Allegheny County Community Support Program
Allegheny County’s Community Support Program (CSP) is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members, and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community.