Youth at Risk: Pittsburgh Association Expands Mental Health Services in Eight Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Expanding mental health services for at-risk adolescents living in impoverished communities

From April 2006 to October 2007, the Community Empowerment Association, a grassroots social services organization in Pittsburgh, expanded its capacity to provide community-based services to youth with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges in eight disadvantaged neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh.

Key Results:

  • The association developed collaborative relationships with human and social services providers and key stakeholders in the eight target communities and used those relationships and information from focus groups and community forums to identify 480 youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
  • Project staff created an online billing, accounting and client-tracking system that interfaces with the systems of other providers and third-party payers and also contracted with Excellence Research to develop eight instruments to assess the association's employee performance, client services and management information system.