The success of building an effective and sustainable System of Care is founded on systems integration.

One of the most significant philosophical changes is the equal inclusion of youth and families into the decision making process as trusted partners with child-serving systems.


Pennsylvania Department of Human Resources:  The Department of Human Services consists of six executive level offices and seven different program offices. To learn more about each program office please explore the links under "Related Topics".

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services:  Every individual served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system will have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, have access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends. 

Office of Children, Youth, and Families:  Pennsylvania's child welfare system is county-administered and state-supervised. Child welfare and juvenile justice services are organized, managed, and delivered by County Children and Youth agencies and county Juvenile probation offices.

Office of Child Development and Early Learning:  The Office of Child Development and Early Learning focuses on creating opportunities for the commonwealth’s youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. This goal is accomplished through a framework of supports and systems that help ensure that children and their families have access to high quality services.

Office of Developmental Programs:  The Office of Developmental Programs supports Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives. The office seeks to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.

Office of Children's Health Insurance Program:  The Office of Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP, is recognized as a national model for children’s health coverage. CHIP provides free or low-cost health insurance for families.

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs:  Find drug and alcohol referrals and treatment resources.

Pennsylvania Department of Education:  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) oversees 500 public school districts, more than 170 public charter schools, public cyber charter schools, Career and Technology Centers/Vocational Technical schools, public Intermediate Units, the education of youth in State Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Head Starts and publicly funded preschools, and community colleges.

Bureau of Special Education:  The Bureau of Special Education works collaboratively with educators, schools, agencies, and other stakeholders across Pennsylvania to ensure students have access to quality and meaningful education supports, services, and opportunities.

Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services:  The Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services is responsible for the management, operations, program planning and oversight of all the youth development center/youth forestry camp facilities. These facilities are designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment, care and custody services to Pennsylvania’s most at-risk youth.

Juvenile Court Judges' Commission:  Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System is a dynamic and ever-changing institution dedicated to serving the Commonwealth’s juvenile offenders, victims, communities, and families.