Each of the 3,000-plus children and young adults KidsVoice represents every year has unique needs. On this page, we have compiled a list of resources for our clients, care givers, and all those who want to learn about organizations, programs, and benefits that can help provide a safety net of care, stability, and support for youth in Allegheny County.

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Healthcare, Self-Care & Safety

KidsVoice advocates for youth across a wide range of areas related to health, wellness, and safety. If you are eligible for disability benefits, KidsVoice can help with the application process. If you have aged out of care and are under 25 years old, we can help connect you with resources to stay healthy.

Affordable Care Act: Important Information About Your Healthcare Coverage

Hey You! You may be eligible for free Health Insurance through the Affordable Care Act!

The Affordable Care Act allows for former foster youth who were in care on or after their 18th birthday to access free healthcare up until the age 26, even if they are employed. Learn more about healthcare through the ACA in the documents attached below.

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Central Outreach Wellness Center: LGBTQ+ Health Services

Central Outreach Wellness Center is a holistic, multicultural, LGBTQIA, HIV & Hep C health organization with a Pittsburgh location in the North Side. They are a leader in providing culturally competent medical care in Allegheny County. Walk-ins are welcome. More information at www.centraloutreach.com

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Dental Care

Bethlehem Haven Dental Clinic offers free dental health care for the homeless and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine accepts medical assistance. If you need to see a dentist or are worried about your teeth, please see this flyer for additional information.

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Family Planning & Sexual Health Care Centers

A list of providers with services for family planning, testing, counseling, education, and resources for baby food and clothes, including services provided, addresses and contact information.

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Foster Care Laws for Preventing Sex Trafficking and Emphasizing Normalcy

The attached cheat sheet will help readers better understand two important acts that affect foster care youth, foster parents, and caseworkers.

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act is a federal bill signed into law in 2014 that defines sex trafficking and seeks to identify and protect at-risk children and youth. 

Activities and Experiences for Children in Out-of-Home Placement Act is a state law that was signed into law in 2015. It seeks to give children in foster care a sense of normalcy by allowing foster parents to make decisions based on "reasonable and prudent parent standard," with an emphasis on extracurricular and social activities. 

The attachment also discusses limitations for Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) as a permanency goal (goals other than reunification, adoption, or other legal permanent guardianship), and case planning for transition age youth 14 and older (youth and teens who are approaching the age of termination from the foster care system).

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Gender and Sexual Development Program at Children’s Hospital

This program serves children and youth (up to age 26) with questions around gender and sexual identity development and transgender care. The program provides thorough clinical assessments; promotes shared decision making around treatment options; connects patients and families to community supports; and advocates for safe, inclusive policies in school systems, health care settings and the workplace. More information at www.chp.edu

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Guide to Low Cost or Free Health Resources

A guide from Allegheny County to free or low-cost community resources for uninsured and under-insured youth across a variety of healthcare needs, including women's health, LGBTQ+ health and wellness, dental, substance use, 24-hour hotlines, and more. Includes addresses and contact information.

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Hugh Lane

The Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation launched in 2017 to improve the health of the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania. They offer a variety of services and supports, as well as expert training for organizations to improve their capacity to serve LGBTQ+ clients and staff. More information at hughlane.org

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, these providers assist with domestic abuse in Allegheny County.

Crisis Center North

Crisis Center North is a counseling and resource center that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their loved ones in northern and western Allegheny County via counseling, therapy, case management, legal and medical advocacy, and economic empowerment services. In addition, the Center provides community trainings on topics related to intimate partner violence and teen dating violence, as well as prevention education programming to local schools. More information available at www.crisiscenternorth.org. No attached documents.

PAAR

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) has been serving the Pittsburgh community for more than 43 years through advocacy, counseling, prevention and education. Learn more about PAAR in the brochure attached below.

PAAR Drop-In Center

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) also operates a drop-in center that provides a safe, secure place for victims. No appointments are needed to visit the center. Part of this programming is part of Project Traffic Stop, to help victims of sex trafficking. Learn more below.

Battering Intervention Program (BIP)

Being violent with your partner is never justified. Taking away their choices isn’t either. Sometimes batterers, people who are violent toward or controlling of their intimate partners, know they need help. Other times, a professional may need to get involved. Either way, enrolling in a Battering Intervention Program (BIP) is recognized as the best way for batterers to make the changes that are needed. Learn more about BIP in the attached brochure.

Renewal, Inc. Treatment Battering Intervention Program

Renewal, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals in the criminal justice system transition back to families and communities. Through a range of prevention, early intervention, programming and treatment approaches, Renewal empowers individuals to change their lives for the better. Learn more below.

Domestic Violence Resources

Find organizations throughout the region that provide services, including shelters and safety planning, the attached list of providers, which includes services provided, addresses, and contact information.

IPV Services Chart

If you aren't sure where to go, check the attached chart to compare the kinds of services available at different providers, including whether shelters are available and whether services are available to both adults and children.

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LGBTQ Rights and Discrimination Information

This brochure from the Department of Human Services explains what you, as an LGBTQ+ person or family seeking services has a right to, what discrimination may look like, and what to do if you believe you have experienced discrimination.

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LifeSet: Providing Support For Transition Age Youth

LifeSet is a program from Pressley Ridge that gives young adults the support and guidance they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. Support areas include housing, mental and physical health needs, employability, and life skills.

They primarily work with at-risk youth and young adults leaving the foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. LifeSet specialists meet with participants at least once a week and are available 24/7 to help the young adult. Young people typically participate in the program for 6-12 months, based on their needs. Since 1999, Youth Villages LifeSet has helped more than 9,000 young people aging out of state custody or other care arrangements successfully transition to independence. More info available at www.youthvillages.org/services/lifeset

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Mental Health Resources for Youth in Allegheny County

24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE (All ages)

re:solve Crisis Network 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226)

Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being, which can include how they think, feel, and act when facing stress, making choices, and building relationships.

County Services

The DHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracts for and monitors approximately 109 community-based agencies, which provide an array of services designed to meet the mental health (and substance abuse) services needs of county residents.

If you don't know where to start to get help for yourself or a child, two documents are attached below.

The first, "Where to Start? A Parents' Guide" includes helpful people you can turn to if you think you need help. It also has a list of community-based Service Coordination Units, which will help you find the right services to meet your needs.

The second, "Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide (PDF)" is an extensive list from Allegheny County that includes all mental health programs at a variety of need levels, including definitions of the different types of programs. 

Visit the OBH website for more information.

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My Best Self: Hair Care Services

Ward Home’s My Best Self Program ensures that foster youth girls and boys between the ages of 12 to 21 years old have access to hair care services and products. Through the My Best Self Program, foster youth also have the opportunity to participate in social skills workshops with the goal of enhancing each foster youth to look good, feel good and to be their best self. More information at www.auberle.org/wardhome

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PEAL Center: Helping Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center educates and empowers families to ensure that children, youth, and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities. More information at www.pealcenter.org.

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Project Prom and Project Prom for Gentlemen

Each year, Project Prom gives eligible high school students the opportunity to choose free formal attire from a selection of currently styled formal gowns, shoes and accessories. Young students served by the Department of Human Services in need of a prom tuxedo are invited to participate in Project Prom for Gentlemen. Up to date information can be found on the Project Prom website

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Reproductive Rights for Minors

Here is a quick reference guide regarding reproductive rights for female minors in Pennsylvania, including common questions and answers regarding parental consent, pregnant teen rights, abortion, and adoption.

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Resources about Post-Secondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has compiled a very helpful resource list to assist those with disabilities to locate colleges, financial aid resources and other transitional resources. On it, you can find websites and resource names that will be helpful for those with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, and more. Visit the OVR website for even more resources.

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Social Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance benefit for kids who are disabled and adults who have a disability that prevents them from working.

You apply for SSI through the Social Security Administration. The process can take a long time because the Social Security office must review your medical or mental health records (depending on your disability) and get information on how you function. Call 1-800-772-1213 to begin an application and find out the location of the closest Social Security office. You can also find out more about the process on the Social Security Administration's website at www.ssa.gov.

You should work with your case worker to prepare your application for SSI at least 6 months before you plan to leave care. This means completing the application and providing any records or documents to prove that you have a disability. Submit your application for SSI and all of the supporting material (like medical and mental health records) 90 days before you plan to discharge from care so that you can plan better for your transition.

You're not guaranteed to receive SSI as an adult when you leave care, even if you receive SSI as a minor. Each kid who receives SSI must go through what is called “Age 18 Redetermination.” This is when the Social Security Administration reviews your medical and/or mental health treatment information to determine if you meet the criteria of adult eligibility for SSI payments.

If you're determined to be ineligible for SSI at this redetermination and you don't agree with the decision, you may appeal the decision. If you are a KidsVoice client, KidsVoice can help you with the appeals process. If you're found ineligible during the redetermination process, you can continue to receive SSI benefits if you begin to receive state vocational rehabilitation (OVR) agency services prior to your 18th birthday.

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The Disability Rights Network

This network advances, protects, and advocates for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities. They reach an average of 2,500 residents annually and can assist in areas such as:

  • abuse and neglect,
  • access to community services,
  • discrimination,
  • ADA compliance issues
  • assistive technology,
  • education,
  • voting access,
  • access to Medical Assistance services

Their services help people with developmental disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, brain injury, and people in mental health recovery.

More information available at www.disabilityrightspa.org

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The Trevor Project and Crisis Hotline

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. More information at www.thetrevorproject.org

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Travelers Aid: Free Public Transportation for Health Visits

Do you live in Allegheny County and are on Medical Assistance, UPMC For You, Gateway, or Unison MEDPLUs? 

If you need to see a doctor, dentist, therapist or pharmacist, then you are entitled to FREE public transportation to get to your appointments.

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