Brief Services Program

The Brief Services Program is a short-term, family-focused program that helps at-risk families cope with significant stressors or problems that interfere with their ability to nurture their children. Services extend over a 60 day period. Counselors are on-call 24/7.

The Brief Services Program aims to help parents create a safe, stable and nurturing home environment, prevent children from being taken out of the home and reunify children who have been removed, and support families in becoming stable and independent.

The Brief Services Program is available in Crawford, Mercer and Venango Counties.

The Brief Services Program Offers:

  • Family counseling sessions for individuals, couples, entire families, or any combination of family members
  • Parent training on topics such as behavior management, child development, and nutrition
  • Assessment using the Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST)
  • Visitation in reunification cases
  • Assistance in locating adequate housing or improving home conditions necessary to child safety
  • Crisis stabilization
  • 24/7 on-call crisis intervention

Does my family qualify for Brief Services?

Brief Services are available to families with children from birth to 18 years old. Referrals must be made by:

  • Crawford County Child and Youth Services (CYS) at the intake level
  • Crawford County Office of Juvenile Probation (JPO)
  • Mercer County Children and Youth Services (CYS)
  • Venango County Children and Youth Services (CYS)

To learn more or to make a referral to Brief Services for At-Risk Families, please complete the form below.


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