Chidren's Behavioral Health Services
Children and adolescents may require specialized care if they experience behavioral difficulties. Our highly skilled staff is specially trained to work with this age group and offer assessments and recommendations for future care. We continually look for new sources of funding so that we can increase personnel and resources for these services.
This program is designed to meet the needs of severely emotionally disturbed children ages birth to 18 years and their families. The program emphasizes a team approach to focus on keeping children from being placed outside the home. Services are recommended by a team of skilled professionals and include case management, support for parents and/or respite. A prerequisite of this program is that children participating in the program must be active in therapy. Services continue until a child reaches his/her goals or the family chooses to discontinue services. Services are provided to all eight counties through the clinics.
Many schools throughout our region have chosen to provide individual, family, and/or group therapy for their students and families, and they have turned to Communicare to be the provider of this valuable service. Referrals for services are typically made by teachers, counselors, and Family Resource Centers. Experienced clinicians also provide consultation and education for school staff, psycho-educational groups for children or adults, and parenting trainings/workshops.
Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CCSU)
For children who are in crisis, the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit is an alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. It is a non-medical unit with the goal of helping children return to pre-crisis level of functioning. Children admitted to the unit receive a combination of individual therapy, family and group therapy, nursing services, and psychiatric evaluations with medication management follow-up.
Early Childhood Behavioral Health Program
The Early Childhood Behavioral Health Specialist provides behavioral health assessments and diverts services to children from birth to age 5. Referrals for services typically come from early childhood professionals and area childcare providers. The specialist is also available to provide assistance and one-on-one training to clinicians within Communicare who are working with very young children.