Family Intervention Crisis Services
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Blair County
1311 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone: 814-696-7327
Fax: 814-696-1046


Reunification and Permanency Planning Program

The Blair County FICS Reunification Program works in conjunction with Blair County Children,Youth, and Families to formulate a functional plan to return children home to their primary caregivers. Our program focuses on separated families whose children were abused or neglected and show the potential to reunify without repeating the same behaviors they’ve displayed in the past. All families are referred to the program through Blair County Children, Youth, and Families.

The Blair County FICS Permanency Planning Program was devised to assist those children whose parents are ruled out as permanent caregivers. Counselors work with children to help them transition from their family to a potential adoptive family. All children are referred to this program through Blair County Children, Youth, and Families.
Staff Job Title  Ext. Email Address
Shelley McCune Program Director 208 smccune@fics1988.com
Britton Mauk Program Supervisor 216 brittonmauk@cs.com 
Melanie Kordish Family Counselor 217 mmccoy@fics1988.com
Justine Jagel 
Family Counselor 209 jjagel@fics1988.com 
Valerie Reynolds Family Counselor 210 vreynolds@fics1988.com  
Amber Mitchell  Family Counselor 230  amitchell@fics1988.com 
Brooke Kennedy Family Counselor 214  bkennedy@fics1988.com 
Michael McCarthy  Family Counselor 232  mmcarthy@fics1988.com  
Chelsea Smith
Parent Educator  239 csmith@fics1988.com  
Angela Stich Parent Educator  242 astich@fics1988.com  
Brittany Koelle Parent Educator  220 bkoelle@fics1988.com  
Jeff Rabish
Parent Educator  215  jrabish@fics1988.com

Kelsey Hoover

Parent Educator 

218

khoover@fics1988.com
Nancy Vinglish
Administrative Assistant
202 nvinglish@fics1988.com

Independent Living Program

ELIGIBILITY & HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES
The Blair County Independent Living Program is a program of the Blair County Children, Youth, and Families.  Wardell and Associates administers this program on their behalf. 

The program is designed to work with youths 14 to 21 years of age to provide them with the basic living skills that they will need to achieve and successfully maintain independence.

Teens 16 to 21 years of age are eligible for the program.  The primary criteria is that they need to have been in placement on or after their 16th birthday to be eligible for I.L. services.  Teens 14 or 15 years of age can also be referred for consideration.

Either the County caseworker or their Juvenile Probation Officer need to make a referral to the program.  Youth may also be referred for services from outside service provider agencies.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
The program offers a wide variety of treatment services that are structured around each youth’s individual needs.

The program covers two areas of needs, “hard skills” and “soft skills.”

Hard skills include the teaching of areas including, but not limited to: banking, apartment hunting, job seeking skills, budgeting, and educational planning.

Soft skills include the teaching of areas including, but not limited to: anger management, goal-oriented behaviors, parenting skills, problem solving skills, and interpersonal communication.

These skills are taught through a variety of means including the usage of packets, workbooks, group therapy, role-plays, and role modeling.

Teens will work their way through a level system with stipend money available to them upon the successful completion of the requirements for each level of the program.

There is also extra stipend money available to eligible teens that have remained in care until they are at least 18 years of age.  This is in the form of a “Room and Board” stipend that can be utilized for college or apartment costs.

The I.L. Counselor works with the teen and service providers in the coordinating any additional services, including housing, mental health services, and educational services to provide each teen the ability to meet their goals.

HOW LONG ARE SERVICES AVAILABLE?

The I.L. Program is designed for each teen to work at their own pace.  Any teen participating in the program, may receive I.L. services until they are 21 years of age.  The I.L. Program will work with teen in any housing /placement circumstances, unless it is deemed to be a conflict to their treatment at the time. 

 

Staff Job Title Ext. Email Address
James Berkheimer Program Director 206 blairil@atlanticbbn.net 
Kristen Grill Counselor 219 kgrill@fics1988.com
Ian Stiles Counselor 236 istiles@fics1988.com
Julie Steinbuch  Counselor 229 jsteinbuch@fics1988.com  

 

 

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