Community Connections for Families
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
October and November, 1998
The primary goal of CCF is to implement a family-centered, community-based system of care for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The vision for this system of care is that it will provide a full spectrum of individualized, culturally competent services by utilizing and building upon the strengths of existing community collaborations to integrate managed behavioral health services, using innovative, family-driven, therapeutic supports.
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services is the central site for the project. The catchment area is comprised of five local sites in Allegheny County, including Wilkinsburg, Sto-Rox, McKeesport, the Hill District, and East End. Sto-Rox (comprised of Stowe Township and McKees Rocks communities) is a community-based and community driven program site located in western Allegheny County. The other program sites include Wilkinsburg, a primarily African-American neighborhood in the eastern part of the county; McKeesport, an older community located in the far southeast part of the county; the Hill District, an inner-city site adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh campus; and the East Liberty community, located in the eastern section of the county. According to the Community Evaluation Report, 64 percent of the children enrolled countywide in all the CCF sites are African-American, 29 percent are White, and 8 percent are of Other racial/ethnic categories (Hispanic, biracial, and American Indian). The target population for the CCF Sto-Rox site has expanded to include children and youth ages 6–21 years of age. According to the Community Evaluation Report, in Sto-Rox, 71 percent of the children enrolled are White, 20 percent are African-American, and 9 percent are of Other race/ethnicities. Children and youth aged 6–21 years who meet the criteria for serious emotional disturbance and who live in or return to the targeted communities are eligible to enroll in the CCF project. Other eligibility criteria include: a serious impairment in functioning at home, school, or in the community; involvement of two or more child-serving systems; duration of problems for at least 1 year; currently living in an out-of-home placement or at risk for an out-of-home placement; and a DSM–IV diagnosis of serious emotional disturbance. The overall CCF project has served a cumulative total of 366 children of which 92 are located in the Sto-Rox community. Between August 2003 and July 2004, CCF had 21 new enrollments in the Sto-Rox community.