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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Functioning with Autism as an Adult

June 6th, 2019

Most cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Level 2 or 3 are identified at a very young age. The brain is most malleable before age 5, which makes early intervention programs, such as the one provided by Erie County Care Management, critical for the patient’s best long-term outlook.


But what about individuals classified as “high functioning?” Aspects of these individuals’ behavior may seem “off,” but they may otherwise be able to sustain a relatively independent lifestyle. In these cases, ASD may not be properly identified until early adulthood.

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How the Early Intervention Process Works

May 9th, 2019

The ECCM Early Intervention Program takes advantage of the natural learning opportunities that occur throughout the daily routine of the child and their family.

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How the Adult Autism Waiver Program Works in Pennsylvania

March 27th, 2019

Learn more about the statewide Adult Autism Waiver program and how it works in Pennsylvania. ECCM is an Adult Autism Waiver supports coordination provider in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

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4 Important Early Childhood Milestones

February 20th, 2019

Knowing the things your child should be doing by 3 is a very important part of learning. Learning about the stages of development is essential and can help guide you through your child's developmental milestones, and give you a sense of security that your child is developing correctly. You will watch, as your baby progresses through the 5 types of development: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language.

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