Venango County utilizes a Protective Intake & Crisis (PIC) unit for all Human Service intakes. One centralized unit provides services for Children Youth & Family; Emerging Adults, Adults, Older Adults, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorder.
All of the PIC Unit staff is cross-trained and ready to handle assessments, crisis intervention, emergency assessments, mental health intakes, child and older adult protective services, just to name a few. This integrated approach allows for greater integration and collaboration of services.
The PIC Unit is available to Venango County residents 24-hours-a-day and 7-days-a-week.
Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect
Trained specialists are available 24/7 to receive referrals of suspected child abuse and general child well-being concerns. Mandated reporters are certain adults, who are legally required to report suspected child abuse if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse. The law requires that the mandated reporter identify themselves and where they can be reached. In addition to having documentation that the report was made, this information is also helpful so that if clarification on the situation or additional information is needed, the children and youth caseworker can contact the mandated reporter.
Mandated reporters may report by telephone or electronically through the Child Welfare Portal. In addition, permissive reporters are individuals who are encouraged to report suspected child abuse, although not required by law. Permissive reporters can make a report at any time they suspect a child is the victim of child abuse. Permissive reporters may report anonymously. Permissive reporters can report by telephone by calling 1-800-932-0313.
Each report is handled by a trained specialist who determine the most appropriate course of action. Actions include forwarding the report to:
When making a report of suspected child abuse or general child well-being concerns, it is important to provide as much information as possible. The below list will give you a general idea of what information our trained specialists will ask you for:
Abuse reports can be made on behalf of an older adult whether the person lives in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, personal care home, hospital, etc. The reporters may remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination and civil or criminal prosecution.
Common signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
We can all hep prevent suicide. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7 FREE and confidential support for people in distress or crisis. No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, you may need someone to lean on for emotional or mental support. People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness, to name a few.
Talking to someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life!
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Has it become harder to get through each day? if you are having issues with mental health, drugs or alcohol?
Case coordination provides resource linkage to the community and to providers who are navigating the system for supports for substance use disorder recovery. Case coordination is not treatment, but a case manager. The case coordinator can help guide participants through:
Frequency will be as needed. Services can be done in the community, home, or provider office.
Adults ages 18 and up must come through Venango County Substance Abuse for an assessment and referral.
Here are some small steps you can take:
SAMHSA's National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365 day-of-year information service provided in English or Spanish. The Helpline is for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. TTY: 1-800-487-4889.
The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week in the United States. 988 Lifeline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a caring, trained counselor who can help.
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
Too many people are experiencing suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need, and sadly, the pandemic only made a bad situation worse when it comes to mental health and wellness in America.
There are urgent realities driving the need for crisis service transformation across our country.
In 2021 and 2022:
Yet, there is hope. The 988 Lifeline helps thousands of people struggling to overcome suicidal crises or mental health-related distress every day.
What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.
It's Not Your Fault (NACoA) (PDF | 12 KB)
Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, "It's not your fault!" and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.
After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative's suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.
Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.