RESOURCES

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS

  • NAMI PA Butler County. Family Support Groups. Butler – Last Wednesday each month, 6:30 PM, Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room. Zelienople – 2nd Tuesday each month, Passavant Retirement Community Center, 5:30 PM. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069

  • NAMI Parent Support Group. Youth and Transition-Age. Cross Roads Church, 325 N. Highland Drive, Pittsburgh 15206. Contact, Linda Thornhill,  lpthornhill@live.com 

  • NAMI Connections. Peer Facilitated Recovery Support Group. Meets the 1st Friday, 1:30 PM. Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room, 140 North Elm Street. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069.

  • NAMI Pittsburgh North. McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp., Contact: Candy, (412) 361-8916.

  • Hope for Mental Health A Parent Support Group for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc. Struggling with Children of all ages with Mental Health Challenges. Contact: Mike and Tammy Corb (412) 535-2727.

  • Grace Community Church. 9160 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA. Offers professional counseling, 1-1 Care, special needs support and autism support.  Grace is also planning a group for caregivers of special needs family members. Contact care@mycc.org or call (724) 779-7997 for more information about any of their services.  

  • Ask-an-Aspie.  A support group for parents, families, and service providers of people on the autism spectrum, led by Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow, two adults on the autism spectrum. They share what they have learned in seven years of participating in, and supporting the autism community. Their goal is to help people understand autism from the inside out.  The group meets monthly at the Oakland Community Human Services (CHS) Building, 372 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (at the corner of Lawn St. and Kennett Sq.). For more information, contact Caitlin Freeman. Website: "Ask An Aspie"   Contact: Caitlin Freeman | Phone: (412) 605-0113 | Email: caitlin.freeman@gmail.com

  •  PA 2-1-1- Southwest.  This FREE resource and information hub connects people with community health and disaster services in 11 counties through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and web site.  Phone: 2-1-1  Website: www.pa211sw.org   Text: 898-211  E-mail: info@pa211sw.org 

  • Seneca Valley School District’s Diversity Initiative  whether you have children currently enrolled in school or not, you may join the diversity initiative.  For more information, contact Ms. Kyra Bobak, Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services bobakka@svsd.net or call 724-452-6040, ext. 1760. 

  • – Last Wednesday each month, 6:30 PM, Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room. Zelienople – 2nd Tuesday each month, Passavant Retirement Community Center, 5:30 PM. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069

  • NAMI Parent Support Group. Youth and Transition-Age. Cross Roads Church, 325 N. Highland Drive, Pittsburgh 15206. Contact, Linda Thornhill,  lpthornhill@live.com 

  • NAMI Connections. Peer Facilitated Recovery Support Group. Meets the 1st Friday, 1:30 PM. Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room, 140 North Elm Street. Contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069.

  • NAMI Pittsburgh North. McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp., Contact: Candy, (412) 361-8916.

  • Hope for Mental Health A Parent Support Group for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc. Struggling with Children of all ages with Mental Health Challenges. Contact: Mike and Tammy Corb (412) 535-2727.

  • Grace Community Church. 9160 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA. Offers professional counseling, 1-1 Care, special needs support and autism support.  Grace is also planning a group for caregivers of special needs family members. Contact care@mycc.org or call (724) 779-7997 for more information about any of their services.  

  • Ask-an-Aspie.  A support group for parents, families, and service providers of people on the autism spectrum, led by Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow, two adults on the autism spectrum. They share what they have learned in seven years of participating in, and supporting the autism community. Their goal is to help people understand autism from the inside out.  The group meets monthly at the Oakland Community Human Services (CHS) Building, 372 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (at the corner of Lawn St. and Kennett Sq.). For more information, contact Caitlin Freeman. Website: "Ask An Aspie"   Contact: Caitlin Freeman | Phone: (412) 605-0113 | Email: caitlin.freeman@gmail.com

  •  PA 2-1-1- Southwest.  This FREE resource and information hub connects people with community health and disaster services in 11 counties through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and web site.  Phone: 2-1-1  Website: www.pa211sw.org   Text: 898-211  E-mail: info@pa211sw.org 

  • Seneca Valley School District’s Diversity Initiative  whether you have children currently enrolled in school or not, you may join the diversity initiative.  For more information, contact Ms. Kyra Bobak, Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services bobakka@svsd.net or call 724-452-6040, ext. 1760. 

UNDERSTANDING YOUTH ANXIETY

Resources shared by presenters

  • The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents. Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert L. DuPont & Caroline DuPont 

  • There’s a Volcano in My Tummy: Children’s Workbook for Anger/Irritability/Depression. Elaine Whitehouse

  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: Children/Youth Anxiety Workbook. Dawn Huebner

  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood. Jennifer Traig

  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Edmund Bourne

  • Speak. Laurie Anderson 

  • How to Raise an Adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims

PREPARING TO TRANSITION WORKSHOP

This workshop was designed to prepare special needs youth for secondary transition including goal setting, waiver funding, financial planning, guardianship and power of attorney.

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