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SMART Choices is a free support program in southwest Pennsylvania for adolescents with substance use concerns and their parents or caregivers.
Teens, up to age 20, and parents can take part in the program either together or separately.
Parents will meet with our parent support partner and teens will meet with the adolescent support partner.
Parents or caregivers of a teen using substances can:
To take part in the SMART Choices parent support program, call Children's TiPS at 1-844-972-8477. Your child's doctor, therapist, or school counselor can also refer you for parent support.
Teens meet one-on-one with our adolescent support partner to discuss substance use concerns and their desire to change their substance use. This goal-focused support program helps increase their motivation to change.
Parents and caregivers can join part of the support sessions if their child is willing to have them attend.
Your child's doctor, therapist, or school counselor must refer your child to the SMART Choices teen support program. Have them call Children's TiPS at 1-844-972-8477.
Along with our parent and adolescent support partners, SMART Choices team members include a:
No. SMART Choices is not a replacement for substance use treatment or therapy.
If you feel your child needs treatment or therapy, find Pennsylvania-based substance use resources.
You do not need health insurance to take part in the SMART Choices support program.
It's free to teens and their parents or caregivers who live in southwest Pa. and have substance use concerns.
To speak with someone at SMART Choices, call 1-844-972-8477, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outside of business hours, you can leave a message and we'll call you back the next business day.
SMART Choices is not open on holidays or weekends.
When you call SMART Choices, we will need the:
Parents can call to request support for themselves.
Your child's doctor, therapist, or school counselor need to refer your child for support. Ask them to call us at 1-844-972-8477.
Yes. You must get consent from the teen or parent you're referring for support before calling the TiPS line.
Based on how severe your child's substance use is, a SMART Choices support partner can refer them for further treatment or services.
SMART Choices for Teens (PDF)
SMART Choices for Parents (PDF)
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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