CSG Member Works to End Homelessness in Lancaster

Many of CSG’s team members strive to make a difference in their communities. One example of this is Kristin Labezius, one of our mental health supervisors. Labezius works to end homelessness in Lancaster County by engaging homeless people in parks around Lancater and finding them shelter.

During her interactions, Labezius listens to their stories and hands out supplies, such as water bottles, sunscreen, and other necessities. Many of these individuals suffer from mental illnesses, which can make the interactions more difficult. Sometimes people ignore Labezius, which can get discouraging.

But Labezius is persistant.

Labezius encountered one man in Binns Park who had suffered from several heart attacks that led to coronary bypass surgery. After losing his home in 2012, he became depressed. When Labezius first initiated contact with him, the man ignored her. Through her dedication, Labezius was able to get him into short-term housing, where he got the medical assistance and housing he needed. About a year later, he moved into a supportive housing facility, and has lived there ever since. The man says he owes his life to Labezius.

Read more about this extraordinary experience here.

CSG Outpatient Services Increases Access to Psychiatry at Mill Hall Practice

CSG recently announced that Tammy M. Pennington, MD and Andrea Strumpf, MD will provide psychiatric services at its Mill Hall, PA practice.  Both doctors will be available via televideo.

Televideo has proven to be an effective way to provide psychiatric services. Patients will come to the Mill Hall office for their appointment.  With the assistance of CSG staff, patients will then video conference with their psychiatrist through a secure, HIPAA compliant connection.

Dr. Pennington is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and will be seeing adults at Mill Hall.  Dr. Strumpf is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Strumpf will be seeing children at Mill Hall.

CSG Outpatient Services in Mill Hall is located at: 7930 Nittany Valley Drive, Mill Hall, PA

About CSG
Since 1972, Community Services Group (www.csgonline.org) has been dedicated to providing quality, community-based mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. With over 1,600 employees in 19 counties, CSG has developed a spectrum of specialized programs to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. CSG is the preferred choice for individuals and referral sources because of CSG’s network of comprehensive mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), child and youth and autism services. CSG is committed to empowering individuals and promoting independence and wellness.

For more information about All Seasons Therapy Center, call 877.907.7970 or contact Aimee Tsikitas, at 570.323.6944 x 20018 or TsikitisA@csgonline.org.

Juvenile Firesetter Assessment Consultation Treatment Services (JFACTS)

Juvenile firesetting behavior is not just a problem for fire departments. Firestting is a community issue involving many people and systems, including the child or adolescent and his/her family, juvenile justice, children and youth, behavioral health, social services, fire services, police services, and the education system. As such, treatment designed to address juvenile firesetting behavior needs to involve the community systems surrounding and supporting the child or adolescent and his/her family. Community Services Group (CSG)’s JFACTS program was created to support the at-risk child/adolescent’s continued participation in the community, preventing placement into a more restrictive setting.

JFACTS specifically addresses the needs of children and adolescents who engage in the inappropriate use of fire. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to determine the duration and frequency of services as well as to eliminate fire behavior across systems and settings. JFACTS provides a comprehensive assessment of firesetting behaviors, safety and crisis planning, and relapse prevention planning. Treatment planning is designed to reduce and eliminate the inappropriate use of fire with fire safety education provided to the child or adolescent and his/her family by a retired Fire Chief who serves as the program’s Fire Science and Safety Consultant.

Goals addressed in JFACTS include improved understanding of the relationship between firesetting and destructive behaviors, improved coping skills, feelings management, communication skills, social skills, problem-solving skills, and assertiveness skills. Additionally we work to improve self-concept, increase understanding of fire science and fire safety, increase safety within the home and community, and to be more connected with the community.

About CSG

Since 1972, Community Services Group (www.csgonline.org) has been dedicated to providing quality, community-based mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. With over 1,600 employees in 19 counties, CSG has developed a spectrum of specialized programs to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. CSG is the preferred choice for individuals and referral sources because of CSG’s network of comprehensive mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), child and youth, and autism services. CSG is committed to empowering individuals and promoting independence and wellness.

For more information about Juvenile Firesetter Assessment Consultation Treatment Services, call 877.907.7970 or contact Holly Hampton, at 717.920.9434 x 10230 or hamptonh@csgonline.org .

All Seasons Therapy Center to Expand Services in Mill Hall

Community Services Group (CSG) recently announced that its All Seasons Therapy Center (ASTC) opened a new outpatient location in Mill Hall in Clinton County.  The new facility is at 7930 Nittany Valley Drive, Mill Hall, PA and will provide mental health services to individuals experiencing emotional, relational and behavioral problems.  ASTC also has a practice in Williamsport.

CSG is expanding its services in Clinton County to better meet the needs of the community.  The new Mill Hall location replaces a smaller office that had been in Lock Haven.   ASTC is accepting new patients in both Mill Hall and Williamsport locations.

ASTC provides individualized, outpatient services that promote independence and support complete wellness, including: individual, marital, family and group therapy, medication management, psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations, employee assistance programs (EAP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

“We are excited to announce the expansion of All Seasons Therapy Center,” said Aimee Tsikitas, Director of Treatment Services for CSG.. “We are committed to empowering individuals through quality care and support, and are looking forward to making a difference in Clinton County.”

The new facility will provide similar services as the Williamsport location.  ASTC’s staff consists of psychiatrists, social workers and licensed professional counselors dedicated to offering support, guidance and practical interventions to individuals with varied needs.

About CSG
Since 1972, Community Services Group (www.csgonline.org) has been dedicated to providing quality, community-based mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. With over 1,600 employees in 19 counties, CSG has developed a spectrum of specialized programs to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. CSG is the preferred choice for individuals and referral sources because of CSG’s network of comprehensive mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), child and youth and autism services. CSG is committed to empowering individuals and promoting independence and wellness.

For more information about All Seasons Therapy Center, call 877.907.7970 or contact Aimee Tsikitas, at 570.323.6944 x 20018 or TsikitisA@csgonline.org.

Emily Sweely, MS

Emily Sweely, MS, is a Mental Health Professional who has been providing outpatient therapy for two years.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona campus in 2008 and her Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014.  She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Emily has training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Emily has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in outpatient and school based settings.