WCSI, along with all of you, are attempting to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. WCSI continues to follow the guidelines of our regulatory bodies, including but not limited to: The Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvannia Department of Health, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Development Programs, and Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
WCSI encourages choice for clients and families as to whether a face to face interaction will occur. When this is being arranged, you will be instructed as to the process for entering the building or meeting with staff in the community
When you come to WCSI and meet with our staff, we are implementing the following:
- Masks are required to be worn by staff and clients.
- Social Distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.
- For a scheduled appointment, WCSI staff will complete a COVID-19 Screening tool with you 24 hours prior to your appointment. If a visitor arrives at WCSI without an appointment, a COVID-19 Screening Tool will be completed upon arrival.
- All visitors will have their temperature taken upon arrival at WCSI
- Cleaning and sanitizing are occuring according to the recommended guidlines
WCSI wants to assure our valued clients and the community that we will continue to provide our services in a safe manner. These are stressful times for all of us, so do your best to take care of your mental and physical health. Here are some tips from Workpartners for how to cope during these challenging times:
- Acknowledge what you are feeling: Everyone is struggling to adapt in their own way. Sharing your concerns with others invites them to do the same.
- Give yourself time and space: Be patient with yourself. There will be plenty of ups and downs as we adjust to a different way of life. Do not judge your reactions or compare yourself to others.
- Reach out for support: Keep in touch with friends and family or others that provide support to you.
- Take care of yourself: Try to get outside each day, move your body, eat healthy and get enough rest. Find things that bring you joy and comfort.
- Find creative ways to relax: Try journaling, meditation, music, or art-find what works for you.
We urge you to continue to do the things to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. Here is a link with tips for how to do that:Cornonavirus Prevention
Your resilience during this time has amazed us. We look forward to continuing this journey with you as we work together to help you and the people you love live a full and renewed life.
A Statement from WCSI
WCSI is aware of the national crisis we are facing, not only impacting our physical and mental health, but our social fabric and the role discrimination has played in our culture. We must begin to listen to one another with the desired outcome of unity, peace, and compassion.
The Board of Directors and staff of WCSI are committed to our clients and the community in promoting the individual rights of all people. We can be part of the answer by encouraging an open and respectful dialogue surrounding injustices we face today. Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are very familiar with social injustice, racism, bigotry, and discrimination. WCSI walks alongside them on their journey to recovery, advocating every step of the way.
This is what we will continue to do. Respecting and appreciating that individual perspectives may differ from our own is vital. A broader awareness of other’s experiences not only bring us harmony, it will enrich each of our lives through a deeper appreciation for others.
Our mission has been clear since 1994. It is this foundation that directs WCSI to assist individuals to be empowered, achieve optimal health, and live a full and renewed life. We denounce social injustice, racism, bigotry, and discrimination of any kind and have zero tolerance for it in the workplace.
We commit to being part of the answer for social change as we journey to equity for all.
WCSI MISSION STATEMENT
We are dedicated to working in partnership with all individuals impacted by intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges through their connection to essential services, personal empowerment, and promotion of wellness.
WCSI will be a leader in integrating people into the community through Recovery, Wellness and Positive Approaches to live a full and renewed life.
Every day, we are learning new things regarding the impact of COVID-19. We want to provide updates regarding preparedness and readiness as we work together to address the needs of those, we serve in Westmoreland County. WCSI is committed to providing needed services and solutions to ensure that together we can focus on the care of those in need.
We continue to monitor this situation and will act as needed, following guidance from the President of the United States www.whitehouse.gov, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization www.who.int and local health authorities. The health and safety of our clients is our top priority.
In these uncertain times we understand that access to behavioral health and intellectual disability services are more important than ever. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus may be stressful for many individuals. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with this stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Although we are limiting the number of people we are bringing to our offices, our services to you will not stop. Please continue to call our office at 724-837-1808 for any assistance Monday- Friday- 8:30am-4:30pm and after those times, please call the Westmoreland County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-836-6010.
OCDEL Early Intervention Service Coordination
Our Early Intervention Services are still operational in Westmoreland County. All Service Coordinators are working remotely from home and continue to provide the needed services to infants and toddlers who qualify. All interactions will be by phone or video conferencing as we are not currently providing any face to face engagements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need Early Intervention Services, please do not hesitate to call our office at 724-837-1808 and someone will assist you in connecting with a Service Coordinator. All EI therapy services per Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) are being delivered by Tele-intervention also as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The term tele-intervention is being used to describe Early Intervention services that are being provided using audio/video technology and where that technology is not available the use of a telephone. During these challenging times please know that our staff are dedicated and ready to serve you and your young children.
ODP Supports Coordination
Our Supports Coordination Services are still operational in Westmoreland County. All Supports Coordinators are working remotely from home and continue to provide the needed services to individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability and autism. All interactions will be by phone or video conferencing as we are not currently providing any face to face engagements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need Office of Developmental Programs services (ODP) please call RIHS at (724) 836-6215 or (800) 267-7062 to make a referral. If you need to contact your Supports Coordinator or other SCO staff, please call our office at 724-837-1808 and someone will assist you in making those needed connections. During these challenging times know that your health and safety is our focus and we are available to meet your needs.
Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. (WCSI) is a non-profit organization leading the way in helping to integrate people with health or intellectual disabilities into our community. Our dedicated, understanding, and caring caseworkers help guide each person to the services appropriate for them, promoting their optimal level of wellness and recovery.
We are here to help you and the people you love live a full and renewed life.
We also work together with the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board and the Pennsylvania CareerLink to assist out-of-school young adults with employment opportunities and the training associated.
Areas of Service
- Behavioral Health
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Early Intervention
- Out of School Young Adults
If you are interested in helping the clients that we serve, visit our Employment section to learn more.
WCSI Mission Statement:
We are dedicated to working in partnership with all individuals impacted by intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges through their connection to essential services, personal empowerment and promotion of wellness.
“WCSI” will be a leader in integrating people into the community through Recovery, Wellness and Positive Approaches to live a full and renewed life.
A Dedication to Helping Our Clients
Our clients can be impacted daily by intellectual and developmental disabilities or behavioral health challenges – our goal is to make sure they are receiving the appropriate services needed to help them live a fulfilling and functional life.
Our staff works with a wide range of clients, beginning with newborns and extending into geriatrics. We accomplish this through the ongoing support of providers and our staff’s passionate dedication to making sure each client is able to live to their fullest potential.
Our Clients Include
- Early Intervention (birth – 3 years)
- Out-of-School Young Adults (16-24)
WCSI now serves over 8787 children, adolescents, and adults of all ages in Westmoreland and the surrounding counties. These services are provided by 205 devoted employees who work at two service sites located in Greensburg and New Kensington.