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Help Pennsylvania Children Thrive.

Half of all psychiatric illness occurs before age 14 and 75% by age 24. When a child is struggling, it is up to their parents to help their child manage, and ultimately, thrive. However, in the state of Pennsylvania, finding resources is a challenge.


You can make sure parents across PA know where to go to get their child the mental health support they need. You can be the immediate difference in helping a child thrive.

 “The Parent Alliance made me feel heard, for the first time in a long time I felt like my opinion was important.”

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  • What does "inpatient treatment" mean?
    All mental health treatment that requires full-time or part-time residence in a facility that provides mental health treatment.
  • What makes inpatient treatment consent different?
    Once a child has been admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, either the parent or the child can request a hearing to determine if inpatient treatment is appropriate and necessary. The child will stay at the facility while the judge makes a ruling. This option does not apply to outpatient treatment.
  • What about parental disagreement to inpatient treatment?
    If a parent who has legal custody rights disagrees with the other parent about consent to a child's inpatient treatment, they can file a petition in the Court of Common Pleas, and a hearing will take place within 72 hours of the filing.
  • Who can consent to a minor receiving mental health treatment?
    1. Parents or legal guardians 2. A minor between the ages of 14–17
  • Can a parent refuse to allow treatment once a child (age 14–17) has consented?
  • Can a child (age 14–17) refuse treatment once a parent has consented?
  • What happens if a child (age 14–17) takes away their consent?
    The treatment will be stopped UNLESS a parent or legal guardian gives their consent; in that case the treatment will continue.
  • What about children under the age of 14?
    Parental consent is required for children under age 14 to receive mental health treatment.
  • Can a parent say no after another parent said yes?
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