Parent-Student Opportunities

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Save the Date!
A Special Needs Fair and Expo will be held Saturday, April 29 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Pathfinder School, 50 Donati Road, Bethel Park. The interactive event will feature family-friendly activities and valuable resources for all. Everyone is welcome.

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1-800-662-HELP (4357) 
PA Get Help Now, the new toll-free hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is available 24/7 throughout the Commonwealth to help those suffering from addiction find immediate help.

The goal is to help an individual find immediate help through one phone call, saving someone in crisis the struggle of making multiple calls. The hotline is saving lives, as evidenced by the results of its first few days of operation, when it received almost 200 calls and referred those callers for help.

When an individual calls the hotline requesting help, he or she will talk to a person who can provide assistance, including a screening for emergent care, and a direct “warm transfer” to a treatment provider. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by First Choice Health System, Inc., a call center experienced in helping people access behavioral health services. The hotline will be expanded to include an online chat and teletypewriter (TTY) features.

Reports from the call center will be provided to DDAP and shared with Single County Authorities (SCA) and providers. Some general data will be shared on the DDAP website.

This initiative, provided by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, is an additional tool to help individuals and families in need of immediate detox and/or treatment for substance use disorder. It is another example of how Governor Tom Wolf is making the fight against the opioid crisis a top priority in his administration.

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The Office of Special Education and Student Services will hold the following Parent Training Series during the 2016-2017 school year:

September 14 - School Anxiety and School Refusal Strategies
If you missed this session, CLICK HERE for the presentation.

October 19 - Time Management, Community-Based Programs and Healthcare
presented by Three Rivers Center for Independent Living

November 16 - Safety in the Community, Online Safety and Safe Relationships 
presented by Three Rivers Center for Independent Living

December 14 - Soft Skills for Employment 
presented by Three Rivers Center for Independent Living

January 18 - Parent Involvement in the IEP Process (CANCELLED)

February 8 - DART Early Intervention Transition to Kindergarten 

March 15 - Childhood Trauma, Resources for Parents and Caregivers

April 11 - Autism
Session 1 - 9:30 am at Carnegie Elementary
Session 2 - 6:30 pm at Carnegie Elementary

May 16 - ERs, and RRs and IEPs, Oh My! Understanding Special Education Jargon
Session 1 - 9:30 am at Carnegie Elementary
Session 2 - 6:30 pm at Carnegie Elementary

Childcare is available for all evening sessions upon request. Please confirm attendance by contacting Miss Rachel Whoolery at 412-429-2500, ext. 1112 or email:

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Families and Service Providers Welcome

Friday, April 14, 2017 Attend in Person  Attend Via Live Webinar    
Managed Long Term Care and Waivers
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Presenter: Janice Meinert, Paralegal Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Light breakfast and beverages will be provided for each presentation.
The series is sponsored by ACHIEVA Family Trust and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
All sessions will be held at ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh 15203

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Children and Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. NCTSN in partnership with Futures without Violence has developed Children and Domestic Violence, 10 fact sheets for parents who may have left—or still be in—an abusive relationship. The fact sheets help families living with domestic violence or its aftermath to learn the following:

  • How they can get help for themselves or someone else in a domestic crisis
  • How they may see their children react to domestic violence
  • How they can best help their children to feel safe and valued
  • How they can help children to develop personal strength

The Children and Domestic Violence fact sheets not only give information, but also specific, hands-on strategies for parents to make and keep their children safe, to help them explore their feelings and share their experiences, to talk to children about domestic violence, to make the most of children’s playtime, to stay connected to preteens and teens, to appropriately comfort and soothe children’s fears, to manage children’s tantrums and aggression, to aid children in an ongoing relationship with an abusive parent, to get more help for your child if things are not improving, and to learn to take handle stress and to come up with a plan for self-care.

#1—How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
#2—Celebrating Your Child’s Strengths
#3—Before You Talk to Your Children: How Your Feelings Matter
#4—Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence
#5—The Importance of Playing with Your Children
#6—Keeping Your Children Safe and Responding to Their Fears
#7—Managing Challenging Behavior of Children Living with Domestic Violence
#8—Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
#9—Helping Your Child Navigate a Relationship with the Abusive Parent
#10—A Parent’s Self-Care and Self-Reflection



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