All of the services and programs offered by Children's Service Center fall within what we call an
"integrated system of care." Our services are listed and briefly described below, with the name of
the appropriate contact person.
Adoption/Foster Care: A continuum of adoption
support services for domestic and international adoptions. The program is affiliated with the Wendy's
Wonderful Kids Program and the State Wide Adoption Network (SWAN). Shari Menichello,
Alcohol and Drug Services: CSC provides drug
and alcohol counseling to adolescents and adults. Our specially trained counselors specialize in the
unique aspects of teenagers with alcohol and/or drug issues. Jessy Miller,
Autism: Intensive therapy in home, school, and community
settings for children and adolescents diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, using Applied Behavioral
Analysis. Shelley Loughney, email@example.com
Base Service Unit: All clients entering the CSC integrated system of care receive a
full behavioral health assessment by well trained and qualified professionals. This assessment determines
the clinical plan: a collaborative approach between the treatment team, the family and youth.
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services: Behavioral health
services provided in the home, school, or community. The program is based on individual needs determined by
psychological assessment. Includes Mobile Therapy, Therapeutic Staff Support and Behavioral Specialists.
Carolanne Jones-Leco, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blended Case Management: Specially trained staff coordinate
psychiatric, financial, legal, and medical services to help an adult, child or adolescent with behavioral health needs
live successfully at home and in their community. For child or adolescent services contact Mara DeQuevedo, email@example.com or Kristin Tewksbury, firstname.lastname@example.org. For adult services contact Teresa Pinkey, email@example.com or Patricia Roper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Residential Rehabilitation: CSC has two
CRR group homes. The Bennet Home, located on the South Franklin Street campus, accommodates males ages 12 to 17
with behavioral health needs. The Nanticoke Group Home serves co-ed adolescents ages 12 to 17 with behavioral
health needs. Summer Krochta, email@example.com
Crisis Services: Trained individuals and teams respond to
personal crises in the home or community. Professional in-person assessments, recommendations, consultations
with mental health providers and follow-ups are provided as needed. This service is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Jessica Lohmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Day Partial Hospitalization Services: Provides intensive
treatment up to five days a week by trained mental health staff under the clinical direction of a psychiatrist. The
program provides kindergarten through high school education. Denise Astaneh, email@example.com
Family Finding Services: By utilizing effective and extensive
relative search processes, the Children's Service Center's (CS) Family Finding Service aims to discover relatives and engage
them in the planning and decision making of important aspects of child's life.
Family Based Services: Teams of specialists in
family therapy provide intensive home treatment and support to families in crisis. This program is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. The emphasis is on preventing out-of-home placement of the child or adolescent. Kimberly
Lawall, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen Lech, email@example.com
Juvenile Sex Offender Program: Serves individuals who have engaged in
inappropriate sexual behaviors. Provides intensive psycho-sexual education. Carolanne Jones-Leco, firstname.lastname@example.org
Medication Clinic: Medication assessments by a psychiatrist trained and skilled in child and adolescent
behavioral health. Regular medical follow-up of prescribed medication is required. Stacey Ishley,
Outpatient Services: Behavioral health assessments and treatment
services under the clinical direction of a psychiatrist. Laura Jacoby, email@example.com
Telepsychiatry Services: CSC uses this interactive audio and visual electronic system to enable a
Wilkes-Barre based psychiatrist to work with patients in other service areas. Laura Jacoby,
Community & School Based Behavioral Health: Based on-site in a school, CSBBH
teams provide a behavioral health home for youths and families, offering therapeutic support in the school, home and community.
Flexible and easy to access, CSBBH offers individual, family and group therapy, parenting support, case management, crisis
management, and school advocacy and consultation. Carolanne Jones-Leco, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Assistance Program: Mental health professionals work with school staff to provide assessments and
short term interventions to youths at risk. Kimberlee Costlow, Student Assistance Program Liaison, email@example.com or Christa Richards, SAP Liaison/Lead SAP Trainer firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Skills Development: This program will individually assess
and address each youth's risk factors that have the greatest impact upon potentially reducing recidivism, if addressed with
the appropriate intervention or treatment. The program will focus on youth's strengths and build on them to develop needed life skills.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) An evidenced-based treatment developed by Marsha Linehan used for
effectively treating Borderline Personality Disorder, addictions, mood disorders, and self injurious behaviors. During
group sessions, clients are educated and provided with tools to enhance the following skills: core mindfulness, emotion
regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. DBT treatment will involve enhancing clients/families
abilities, improving client/parent's motivation to change, ensuring new-found capabilities are applied to client's daily
life, active parent participation with client during weekly group sessions, and weekly homework assignments to practice
and reinforce skills taught in group. Research shows that skills training strengthens a person's ability to handle stress
without losing control or acting destructively.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Therapists work with
children and caregivers to improve listening skills, attention proficiency and behavior. PCIT is an evidence-based program,
which means that the therapies involved have been researched extensively and proven to be very effective. Laura Jacoby,
First Episode Psychosis (HOPE) Hope is a form of treatment for individuals between the ages
of 15-25 who are experiencing early signs of psychosis. The coordinated care approach of staff emphasizes shared decision making and
focus on helping individuals reach their recovery goals. Treatment is provided by a specially trained core team and the goal is to
engage a person early in treatment. A psychotic episode is treatable and HOPE can assist in preventing further occurrences. With
appropriate interventions most people successfully recover and return to their normal daily lives. Denise Namowicz,
Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) Aggression Replacement
Therapy (ART) is a group focused on assisting youth in managing their anger and learning more pro-social behaviors. ART groups
occur three times a week and are broken down into three different categories. Social Skills groups assist youth in learning
appropriate skills that enhance positive communication. Anger control groups focus on the anger cycle and facilitators collaborate
with the group members to identify their stages of the anger cycle while teaching positive coping skills to manage feelings of anger.
Moral Reasoning groups utilize group members views and rely on the peer teaching technique in which peers challenge one another
to increase the groups stage of morality. The ART cycle occurs on a 10 week basis and is a closed group.
Robinson Counseling Center
Children's Service Center operates at private outpatient practice with a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Licensed
children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group therapy.
- Tunkhannock: 133 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 570-836-2722
- Wilkes-Barre: 334 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre 18702 570-301-0935