PRESCHOOL FAMILY INTERVENTION (PFI)
The Philadelphia Behavioral Health System developed the Re-Education Preschool Behavioral Health Services model and selected Community Council to implement these services. The Preschool Family Intervention Program services children 2 yrs 9 months to 5 years of age who exhibit social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties and significant developmental delays. Children are referred by parents, other preschool programs, Community Behavioral Health (CBH) and the Division of Human Services (DHS). In some cases, students are referred from kindergarten when children are less than 6 years old and not prepared to succeed in a classroom setting.
In order to be admitted to the program, children need to be evaluated by a psychologist and have an axis diagnosis. Once accepted into the program, the child is assigned to a Therapeutic Group and a Care Manager. All children are reviewed weekly during team meetings with the Clinical Supervisor, Psychiatrist, and Counselors. The program addresses the child's responsiveness, the ability of the program to meet the child's needs, and factors that must be developed in order to transition the child to a less restrictive level of care.
The PFI program houses five classrooms. Four of these classrooms are organized by children's ages while the fifth classroom is specifically for those children that have autism or expressive/receptive language problems. Each classroom has a Master's Level Clinician, Teacher, and Assistant Teacher. The children receive both academic and therapeutic components including daily group therapy sessions and weekly individual play sessions. Family therapy and parenting sessions are also offered. In addition, if the child is eligible, Elwyn Services (Speech, OT, PT, and Special Instruction) are provided at the PFI campus. The program hours are from 8:30-2:30 and transportation is provided by Pennsylvania Transit Company. The children are also provided with hot breakfast and lunch. Our program is paid for by medical assistance and requires the approval of Community Behavioral Health.
Main Campus – Wyalusing Pavilion