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Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative

The Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative began in April 2016 and aims to improve access to and accountability for effective behavioral health services for adolescents in Allegheny County who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The initiative is guided by a 40-member advisory community, and funded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the Staunton Farm Foundation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

JHF has engaged state and county leaders, mental health and substance use providers, social service representatives, family and patient advocates, educators, health plan representatives, nonprofit leaders, and researchers. Through these conversations, JHF has developed a community-driven policy agenda to create the strong adolescent behavioral health safety net that teens and families in crisis deserve. 

For additional information, please contact Robert Ferguson, JHF Director of Government Grants and Policy, at ferguson@jhf.org.

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