Pinebrook Family Answers

Mission Statement

To improve the lives of individuals and families across generations by providing a continuum of high-quality programs that promote self-sufficiency, nurture healthy children and strong families, support seniors, advocate for change, and strengthen communities.

About Pinebrook Family Answers

Permanency Services:  Pinebrook Family Answers offers a five-tier Foster Care model designed to meet the individualized needs of children who primarily have been traumatized from parental neglect, sexual abuse and/or physical abuse; Kinship Care Permanency Services; and Adoption Services for special-needs children through the StateWide Adoption Network (SWAN).  The Agency’s Adoption Department also offers limited international adoption services, including home study and post-placement services in collaboration with other accredited adoption agencies.  Transportation and Family Visitation Program connects children in out-of-home placement with their biological/legal families providing supervised family visitation to support family reunification goals.

Diversionary Services:  Making the Grade Truancy Intervention Services is a truancy-reduction, family-support program which includes family support services for elementary and middle school children and provides in-home case management and coordination of community services and support.  High Fidelity Wraparound Initiative, an evidence-based practice and team-based collaborative process for helping youth with special mental health needs, works with youth and young adults, ages 8 to 21, and their families.  A family preservation program, SHAPE serves families with children ages 0-18, providing need assessments, case management, coordination of community services and support.

Home Care Services:  Under license by the Department of Health, the Agency’s Homecare program provides care for seniors, those recovering from accidents, injury, surgery, long- or short-term disabilities, and others who need assistance with daily chores of living.  Services include personal care needs, light housekeeping, running errands such as shopping, laundry and respite care.

Forensic Services includes Adult Re-entry Services; Transitional Residence Program, a unique housing program that addresses the needs of otherwise homeless women offenders transitioning out of the criminal justice system, or women at-risk of criminal behavior, to reunite with their children and work toward housing stability; the ALPHA program provides teens on probation with academic, behavioral, and job readiness services designed to prepare them to enter the workforce and success in life; Family Services, which includes evidence-based parenting education classes and supervised contact visits; and theft remediation services.

CLINICAL SERVICES:

Behavioral Health Services:  Pinebrook Family Answers operates three outpatient psychiatric clinics for children and adults, which provide an array of outpatient psychiatric and counseling services to clients from county mental health offices, children in Pinebrook Family Answers’ foster care programs, and privately-referred clients in the Greater Lehigh Valley Region.  The Agency is a participating provider of services in the Pennsylvania HealthChoices Initiative and contracts with numerous commercial insurance companies and Employee Assistance Programs.  Other behavioral/mental health services include school-based counseling and Integrated Behavioral Health Services, a model of service provision that places behavioral health providers in a team environment with other health care providers, such as primary care physicians.  The Agency has partnered with St. Luke’s University Health Network to place mental health professionals in pediatric clinics, mobile health care vans, and HIV care settings. 

Family-based Mental Health Services, an in-home therapeutic treatment program, is designed to preserve families with children who are experiencing serious mental health issues.  Compeer and CompeerCorps bring together caring adult volunteers and adults coping with mental illness in one-to-one friendship relationships.  Warmline provides an anonymous telephone support service for Lehigh County residents.

 

Agency statistics reflect that the population served by Pinebrook Family Answers is racially and ethnically diverse and 95% living in poverty. Our focus is supporting children, adults and seniors in to make them healthy, strong and self-sufficient. Last year, Pinebrook Family Answers assisted 5,133 children, young adults, families and seniors. The agency’s community-based services specifically focus on assisting low-income families of diverse backgrounds, primarily residing in inner-city Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and the Slate Belt area of Northampton County. All programs rely heavily on private support.

Contact Information

Linda Homer-Hurley Phone: 610-774-1445 lhhurley@pbfalv.org