ECCM Mental Health Blog

Stay up-to-date with the latest from ECCM. Learn more about the different subsets of mental health and how we can help you navigate into and through the system to get the help you and your loved ones need.


Youth Mental Health Services: A Societal Necessity

March 11th, 2020

Given the early onset of many serious mental and psychological disorders, connecting to the proper youth mental health services is a must for our children and adolescents.

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The Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Waiver: Expanding Resources For Autistic Adults in Pennsylvania

February 20th, 2020

In PA, autistic adults often have difficulty connecting with the resources needed for a fuller life. Learn about ECCM’s more inclusive autism waiver program, the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Waiver.

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Another Tool in the Autism Early Intervention Toolkit

January 22nd, 2020

In parent-child interaction therapy, certified therapists coach parents on interactions with their child in real-time to reduce negative behaviors and strengthen the relationship. Find out why this therapy, originally used for disruptive behavior disorders, is increasingly being employed in autism early intervention plans. 

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Why a Care Management Career Could Be Right for You

December 23rd, 2019

Like caring for ourselves, caring for others can be challenging. Care management careers are no different. However, if you enjoy collaborating in close tandem with others and affecting positive change, there may be no more rewarding occupation. Learn what makes care managers so unique and so valuable. 

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Treating the Mental Health Roots of Homelessness

November 20th, 2019

Homelessness is a complex issue with many causes, but in many cases has a strong correlation with mental health. Because those with mental health or addiction issues are disproportionately affected by homelessness, ECCM makes a concerted effort to help these people find peace, stability, and hope through its Homelessness Behavioral Health and Shelter Plus programs.

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Understanding the Five Domains of Early Childhood Development

October 23rd, 2019

By understanding each of the five domains of early childhood development (or human development) — physical, cognitive, communicative, socioemotional, and adaptive — parents can better track their child's progress and spot deficiencies early, when intervention services have proven most effective. 

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Considering Residential Treatment Centers

September 19th, 2019

A residential treatment facility monitors and manages the medical, psychological, and behavioral health of individuals, preparing them for safe and productive returns to the outside world if and when possible. Ideally, the individual will be able to focus solely on recovery without distraction or worry and enjoy better progress and results after the treatment. 


Residential treatment facilities can be categorized by how long they care for individuals, the issues or diagnoses they specialize in, and the methods or approaches they use in their treatments. 

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The Key Dimensions of the Pennsylvania Individual Support Plan

August 19th, 2019

An Individual Support Plan (ISP) lays the groundwork for caring for an individual with a developmental disability, such as autism. It is completed during the intake process to provide mental health services providers with a set of best practices centered around an individual’s (Person-Centered Planning) level of ability or functionality, as well as personal preferences, wants, and needs. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Individual Support Plan form clocks in at 34 pages. Here we break down each of the main sections and what they are trying to accomplish.

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Mental Health: Neuropsychological Testing for Adolescents

July 26th, 2019

Adolescence is a chaotic period for most people, but it can be especially trying for those struggling with cognitive or behavioral impairments. See if neuropsychological testing can benefit you or a loved one.

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Mental Illness and Incarceration

June 12th, 2019

Is it a crime to be sick? Statistics show that individuals with mental illnesses are over four times more likely to be arrested for minor offenses than their mentally sound counterparts. Many of today’s prisons have become de facto psychiatric facilities, trying but often failing to keep with the special needs of their inmate patients.

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