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Independent Family Services, Inc.

636 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904-1640
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Family-Based Mental Health Services

Our Family Based Mental Health Service [FBMHS] component provides in-home mental health services to children under the age of 21 years. The purpose of FBMHS is to allow the family to continue to care for the child and adolescent with a serious mental illness or emotional disturbance at home, reducing the need for psychiatric hospitalization and out-of-home placement. Consumers with a secondary diagnosis related to chemical abuse or dependency are eligible to receive drug and alcohol-specific treatment as a component of the authorized FBMHS services. The IFS FBMHS program is fully licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.


The target population for FBMHS consists of children and adolescents under the age of 21.

  • The child or adolescent has a mental illness or emotional disturbance.
  • The child or adolescent is at risk of, or returning home from, a psychiatric hospitalization, a residential treatment facility, foster care, a detention home or shelter.
  • Determination of eligibility and recommendation for “FBMHS” must be made by a licensed physician or licensed psychologist.
  • At least one adult member of the household must agree to participate in the service.

The child/adolescent must be eligible for medical coverage through approved MCO organizations.