This organization is focused on family and community activities designed to enhance resilience, wellness and positive growth and development among family members in the Western Pennsylvania area and throughout the nation.
Deerwood Family Services will:
Provide treatment, intervention coaching and prevention-related psychoeducational services, primarily in the areas of behavioral health, mental health, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and therapeutic tutoring to individual family members, to families-as-a-whole, and to small groups focused on family and local community activities.
Serve as a platform for grant-writing to obtain funding for prevention-related services not covered by insurance.
Maintain a culture of evidence and outcome assessment through home-study reports for adoption, foster care, and other court-related needs; through conflict resolution and mediation; through coaching, through consultation service, and through the development and sale of therapeutic books, workbooks, and other relevant items.
2019 was a busy year, one that involved a significant increase in the number of individuals and families receiving direct services at both of our Pennsylvania offices and virtually through our on-line telehealth program. A more detailed report was provided to the Board at an end-of-year meeting held on December 28th. Our final budget for the 2019 year will be available for review in May, after the accountant submits our state and federal tax returns.
Our Board held its annual meeting on December 28th using a conference call format. A majority of Board Members participated therefore we had a quorum. Five itemswere presented for discussion and decision-making regarding goals for 2020:
1. Should Deerwood Family Services participate in the development of the recommended Children’s Arts Center, using a portion of space at the California building; and, if so, should a virtual component be included? (Work in the Arts Center will be video-recorded with parent approval)? Unanimous consent provided
2. Should Deerwood Family Services rent out space to additional clinical providers; and, if so, what would the cost be?
Unanimous Consent to Explore Further.
3. Should Deerwood Family Services become credentialed as a group practice for the purpose of providing clinical services through Medicare?
Unanimous Agreement for Not Yet
4. Should Deerwood Family Services accept non-clinical intern or practicum student if requested to do so by one of the local colleges or universities? Unanimous Consent Provided
5. Should Deerwood Family Services offer a parenting group for families affected by autism if asked to do so. Unanimous Consent Provided
The next annual Board meeting will take place at a date to be announced in late December, 2020. Additional Board meetings may be scheduled, as needed, throughout the year.